Short Stories #14 & 15 – Rottweiler & Carrion by Wrath James White

15 Jan

Due to a major headache the other night I skipped a night of reading so there was no story post posted on 1/11/12.  So, to make up for this I’m doing a double feature tonight.  Both of these stories are by one of my favorite authors, Wrath James White, and both come from the anthology SMALL BITES.  If you’re not familiar with Wrath’s work he goes very in depth with detail and leans towards the grotesque.  Some people can’t handle his writing style, but I absolutely love it.

The story ROTTWEILER tells the story of a small child who has a baby-sitter that sexual abuses them.  When left alone one time, the pet rottweiler has been locked away so the child fears that they won’t be protected by their dog.  But this rottweiler, Hades is his name, isn’t your every day rottweiler and finds a way to save the day.

CARRION was the second story of Wrath’s I read in this collection.  It tells of a jealous boyfriend and how his jealousy gets the better of him.  The twist in the end of the story though put a major smile on my face.  You gotta love a happy ending!

I know I haven’t given much detail about either of these stories, but they are only 2-pagers which means most anything I could say would completely spoil the story from your own reading of it if you are able to stumble upon it one day.  This anthology is not easy to come by as I’ve mentioned before, but it’s definitely worth seeking out.  It was originally written in order to help raise money for Charles L. Grant who, at the time, was suffering from chronic Obstructive Plumonary Disease.  Unfortunately, Grant since passed away, leaving only his wonderful books and memory behind.

As an added bit of fun…

The story CARRION made me recall one of my favorite episodes of Tales From the Crypt titled Carrion Death.  This show has a different storyline than Wrath’s did, but has some similarities as well.  I just searched out the episode on YouTube and below you will find links to the full episode in three parts.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did the first time.

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swm4rL7a1P4

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZv3k6n87S8

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4DtHDoR9jo

 

 

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