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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Review: The Gatherings by Jeremy Ray

The Gatherings
by Jeremy Ray

A huge thanks to the amazing author for this gifted book.

Publisher: Infinite Ray Publishing
Publish Date: August 7, 2020
Kindle Edition
74 Pages
Genre: Horror

The Gatherings were supposed to bring world peace. What they brought was the apocalypse.

Celebrities, politicians, and other prominent figures put together The Gatherings, an event to be held worldwide promoting global peace. When a friend invites Emily to one of the gatherings in a secluded apple orchard, she obliges. Sure, she is an introverted writer, but the world is so fractured that The Gatherings are something even she can get behind.

Everything is great until the dancing begins. Then it happens...

In most apocalyptic tales, the end comes by way of viral plague, world war, or robot invasion. Never in a million years could Emily imagine it would be this way. Will Emily survive to see what happens after the end of the world?

My Review:

Jeremy Ray should absolutely be on your radar if he isn't yet.  Not only is he one of the nicest guys you could ever talk to (and his boyfriend thinks I'm funny so YAY 😉), but he is quite talented.  As someone who has a love/hate relationship with short stories/novellas, he's really turning it around for me and that's saying something!  This is my third story by Ray and I really loved this spin on how the human race will die. Warms my black soul.

If the world ever does a 'gathering' to promote global peace, ala Hands Across America etc., I'm taking my "I read a lot of horror so I know what's gonna happen" ass and skedaddling. This is pretty powerful for it's 74 pages, which I read on my commute home last night from work.  There's so many things happening and we get to see it happen straight through Emily's widened eyes.  Oh the things she witnessed....  I have visions of all kinds of things.  For instance, at one point I had a The Ruins meets The Human Centipede/Slither going on in my head... and I wasn't hating it.

This story is just as infectious as the meat centipedes contained within.  That's right.  You heard me.  The only thing I wished for was more background but fuck it, some things maybe don't need to be known.  Go snag yourself a copy.. it's Spooky Season and you deserve it!


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