Cumulative Short Story Review by Linda Horne


Trista Digiuseppi

The Accidental Immortal

The Silent Princess

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This review is more of an author review than a specific review of the authors work. I really wanted to get a feel for how Trista wrote before delving into her new novel Nails Jane.

The two stories I looked at: The Accidental Immortal and The Silent Princess were obviously written with great care and passion. There is no doubt in my mind that Trista is an accomplished writer in her ablity to pull the reader right where she wants them and make them see what she wants them to see. The writing is vibrant, which for a dark fantasy/horror author is integral to being able to capture and keep a readers attention so they do not want to put that book down. I would go so far as to say that if she really wanted to, Trista could easily enter the horror marketplace of giving her readers that cold shiver at the end of the story that makes them look over their shoulder.

The Accidental Immortal is about a woman who through time has evaded death. It gets just slightly campy at one point where she claims she was Cleopatra, but it moves on quickly to far more interesting descriptions of who she was and how she survived. I particularly enjoyed the fact that she really didn’t know who she originally was, as her name had been lost to time. The interaction with Death at the end was a very satisfying one. The story itself displays Trista’s talent for inventive storytelling.

The Silent Princess really invoked a humorous side to this author.

“And after that, she graduated to Queen-hood so that she may spend even more speechless years sitting next to a fat, farty old husband.”

Descriptions like these really brought up the irreverent childhood insults whispered to one another about the forgetful old teachers faults. This is a story I could really hear “told” instead of just being written for us to read. It is a classic fairy tale told in a humorous way with a very satisfying ending. These short stories have convinced me that I want to read more of this authors work, and anyone who enjoys a good fantasy or dark fantasy tale is going to enjoy them too. Look out for Tristas novel “Nails Jane”. I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store for us.

– Linda Horne


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