January 1, 2015
Curfew, by Philip Harris
War has raged for over 160 years, the reasons for the conflict long since forgotten. Violent gangs roam the streets of a city in chaos, preying on the innocent and the careless. Friends die. Family die. But there are worse things in the darkness. Worse things beyond the curfew. Curfew is a post-apocalyptic supernatural thriller. It’s a short story, approximately 20 pages long, and contains scenes of violence.
Although the story ended abruptly, I enjoyed this quick read. We always say not to judge a book by its cover, but the stark cover was what drew me to this short story. As I titled this review, the author writes compelling imagery. I’ve seen the aftermath of war in the past and I found I fully envisioned the world in Curfew. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future works from Philip Harris.
Philip Harris is a speculative fiction author and video game developer. Born near Oxford, England, he now lives on the West Coast of Canada where he spends his days developing video games and his nights writing speculative fiction – anything from horror to science fiction to fantasy. His first publication, Letter From a Victim, appeared in the award winning magazine, Peeping Tom, in 1995. Since then he has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Garbled Transmissions, So Long, and Thanks for All The Brains and James Ward Kirk’s Best of Horror 2013.