Book Review of in the Woods Dark and Deep

Book Review of in the Woods Dark and Deep

Graphic, disturbing and insightful: In the Woods, Dark and Deep is a fun ride through horror and fantasy.

West Liberty is a city of secrets, suffering and redemption. It all depends on your point of view. Nothing is forbidden in this collection of related news.

A delightful foray into the Morbid and macabre, this book is one of the most unique reading experiences I have ever had. You would be hard pressed to find something more innovative in the genre right now. Sometimes I would play a sinister game with “Where’s Waldo?”And went through the pages looking for the connections and the Easter eggs hidden in each story.

It starts with the concise name “Juice”, The story of a woman who loves human juices. It doesn’t get any less weird from there, and I say that as the biggest compliment. Author D. L. Rhodes delves deeply into some seriously taboo and grotesque scenarios, but manages to balance graphic and imaginative narratives with insightful dialogues from the most unlikely characters.

The most fascinating character here must be the enigmatic Madame C. As she appears in every story, she is the incarnate Hecate. From the very beginning, I was concerned about the secret vibrations of the circle that we had. I won’t go into too much detail, but there is a particular scene in a after story that exudes feminine power and energy. I couldn’t get enough of it. It made me want to run into the woods and join them. Deep and dark forests have always had something mystical and secret. It is easy to think that he is hiding old dark secrets. And what better thread to weave together than the one that is dark and disturbing?

Although each story is cruel in its own way, one or two require an iron stomach. Oddly enough, this could be one of the most exciting things about this collection. How far is too far? It’s a challenge for me to do it without feeling The Ick. Some people avoid passed away and destruction, but in the forest, The darkness and the depth force us to face this head-on. With an abundance of existential questions — about life, passed away, meaning, survival, pain, justice, good and evil.

The most poignant of these questions arises more than once. Can evil really be stopped? Is it inevitable? Is it innate or learned? A story debates in detail the question of whether a person can be fundamentally and molecular modified to feel guilt and remorse when he has not done so before. Is it up to us, as a species, to decide that? I’ve been thinking about the ethics of playing God since I put this story up, and I still couldn’t answer this question.

 

All in all, this book asks its audience to think about heavy topics, and this is certainly not for the faint of heart. I advise you to keep these content warnings in mind, but if, like me, you appreciate the horror genre and all its niche subgenres (and adjacent genres), you will love this work of speculative fiction.

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