I’d definitely recommend picking up The Emperor’s Soul if you’re in a reading slump; it’s super short, but packs a punch with an impressively fleshed out story for such few pages.
I recently finished watching the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House, which is based on a novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Having really enjoyed the show, when I stumbled upon We Have Always Lived in the Castle and noticed that it was written by Shirley Jackson, I absolutely had to try it out.
There’s something about a story that involves scientists going on an expedition and finding horrible creatures that just works.
This collection is a random grab bag full of the fucked up, bizarre, drug addled, sci-fi and not so sci-fi, morbid, and mundane- and it totally works. There are 16 different short stories, and out of all 16 there were only 2 or 3 that I could have done without. The majority was fresh and fast-paced and wholly held my interest.