Under the Full Moon and Other Stories by Charles Schilling

Under the Full Moon and Other Stories by Charles Schilling
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, Historical, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A collection of short stories that roams through several genres from comedy, drama, fantasy and suspense. There are a couple of whimsical looks at murder, a tragic game of hide and seek, a lesson on when not to make a slip of the tongue and a look at what happens when you break 113 out of 206 bones.

Not everything is always as it appears at first glance.

“Tourist Trap” begins with a confused man named Arnold whose travel plans have been seriously disrupted. He’s not a patient person, so trying to get the clerk to explain all of his options is only making Arnold more angry. This was by far my favourite story in the collection due to how the main character’s predicament was revealed so quickly. The already intriguing premise was made even stronger by keeping the pacing fast and the ending under wraps until the last possible moment.

I predicted the twists in a few of these tales immediately. “To Thine Own Self Be True” is one example of this. It begins with a young woman who was standing next to the ocean and grieving the loss of her husband when a stranger approached her. My first assumption about what was happening was the correct one. While the writing style was engaging, I would have preferred to have far fewer clues about what was coming. Knowing how it would end so soon dampened my enthusiasm for finishing this piece.

“In Silence Sealed” follows Ben’s train of thought. His wife, Emily, has been extremely talkative throughout their marriage. He resents her constant commentary on everything she’s seen and done and wishes he could have a few hours of silence. What I enjoyed the most about getting to know this couple was how much I figured out about them by reading between the lines. By paying attention to what they left unsaid I was able to pinpoint the genre this story is best suited for. That information wasn’t immediately obvious, but piecing together all of the hints was definitely worthwhile.

Under the Full Moon and Other Stories is a good choice for anyone who likes to dabble in more than one genre. There’s something here for fans of the science fiction and mystery genres alike.

Speak Your Mind