Holes in the World: A Collection of Short Stories

Humor, Horror, General Fiction

By Richard Cubitt

Publisher : Amazon/Richard Cubitt

ABOUT Richard Cubitt

Richard Cubitt
I reside in England and in August 2013 I graduated from the Open University with a First Class BA (with Honours) degree in English Literature. I'm a fan of all genres of literature. Some of my favorite authors are as follows: Classics - Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Dumas, Dickens, Milton, Dante More...



This book is an eclectic compilation of nine short stories of different genres. It includes: 'The Grief of Lawrence Gould' - a tale of ghostly events that plague a man suffering with the death of his wife; 'Masks' - where a young protege of the curator of the Capponi Library, Italy, is kidnapped; 'The Blockade Runner' - a science fiction story charting the exposure of high-level corruption; 'Silk' - a horror tale featuring a lurking aberration of nature; 'Hideous Humanity' - a vitriolic and outrageous polemic of Western 21st Century Society, featuring a man who has reached the end of his patience; and more.

'This is an interesting and varied collection with which I was very impressed. A lot of which would actually make good longer stories. On occasion the author provides a brief introduction to a story that allows a glimpse into the writing process i.e. ‘Prologue’, an experiment written with a novel in mind; ‘The Earth’s True Children’. With ‘Silk’ there are two versions, the shorter of which I think loses something in the trimming.
As for the other stories, I thought ‘The Grief of Lawrence Gould’ and ‘Masks’ were very good and thought provoking, but perhaps a bit wordy in places. ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’: hard-hitting and the shortest short story I’ve ever read. However, by far the best and worth the purchase alone is ‘Hideous Humanity’, a brilliant, caustic rant, detailing the slow and inevitable decline of a perfectly normal everyday man as he rails against the stupidity, banality and fading morality that we are all faced with day after day. It gripped me, made me laugh out loud, made me think. I truly hope the author writes the next instalment. Well worth reading' - John Prentice