Massie manages to peel away many layers of humanity here in her collection called The Fear Report. Would you have an intimate relationship with something less than a torso? Would you let a traveling peddler give you a colonic? What kind of treats does your family traditionally serve at Christmas time? At what point does being sick become too sick?
Massie's horror is inside the human soul rather than coming from the form of a monster. Her characters have a slippery way of justifying their behavior that is a bit disturbing and more than a little intriguing. Whether you belong to a backwoods family or are a descendent of an ancient South American tribe, you can find something there to rationalize any odd mentality.
My favorites from this collection of thirty tales would be Stephen, Fixtures Of Matchstick Men and Joo, Bargains At Binsley's, Day Is Done, Gone The Sun, Stinkin' Rudy, Inside Out, and Dooka Dee. Whether physical or mental afflictions are involved, or education level, doctorate or drop out, city folk or country folk, no one escapes Massie's imagination.
My only problem with this collection is that it is a spendy edition that seems to have been poorly edited. There are spelling and grammatical errors that are too obvious not to notice, but the artwork inside by Cortney Skinner makes up for the errors. All in all, a noteworthy collection of both short and flash fiction that any horror lover should appreciate. Enjoy!