The Things We Cannot Say by Mitch Sebourn

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Mitch Sebourn is a must read for me, his work is so unique and a breath of fresh air to the horror / dark fiction genre.

The Things We Cannot Say takes all the brilliance of his previous work (that I’ve read) and adds a tonne more brilliance. This story in particular focuses on possession, and of a young woman trying to get her life back on track, but there are people from her past that won’t let go of old grudges – and you might think that you’ve read everything you could about that trope, but Sebourn breathes new life into that tired trope with his unique vision and wonderful prose.

It’s a gripping story that leads the reader with a ring in their nose down to the depths of darkness – it also is an allegory for grief and what happens to a person who has unfinished business, how that anger and unfinished revenge can come back and when it does all bets are off!

The possession side of things in this story are done brilliantly, masterfully in fact, the work is reminiscent of the best possession story of all time – The Exorcist. Sebourn writes this story to within an inch of its life, he keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, where one even starts questioning not only the protagonists sanity but even their own!

Again Sebourn is a must read for me and he should be for you too – if you want something different, if you want to discover a new favourite author… check him out! I’m also thrilled to learn that a short story collection is imminent!

The Things We Cannot Say is available from Amazon.

Reviewed by Ross Jeffery

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