"In the Grimdark Strands of the Spinneret" Book Review

Written by Zach Rosenberg

Published by Brigids Gate Press

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Written by Keith Anthony Baird
2022, 124 pages, Fiction
Released on November 21st, 2022

Review:

Keith Anthony Baird is a virtuoso of the fairy tale. His writing style is dreamlike, the voice of a storyteller telling the reader his tale by the crackling fires in the midst of the woods on a moonless night. In the Grimdark Strands of the Spinneret begins when betrayal extinguishes a noble bloodline and the final heir is a woman who takes refuge in the woods.

In any story, she would be the heroine. In this story, she is a scion of vengeance and hate, the wicked witch and the monster combined into one. Each line is constructed with pure care, drawing the reader into a nightmare. The spinneret herself is a complex monster, but a monster nevertheless.

Baird constructs a story of decadent nobles, the careless men and women who take all beneath them for granted. The spinneret is vengeance, and a terrible one, who intends to stop at nothing to kill those who made her into a monster. Baird lures the reader into her web bit by bit to strike them with the horror Baird has woven in so subtly, they only become apparent by the end.

One such scene involves a noble seduced by the spinneret into a tryst, our arachnid heroine slowly shifting from her human guise to strike as the hungry spider and drag her victim to a gruesome fate. Not a scene is wasted, and the line between good and evil repeatedly blurs.

Like any good fairy tale, there is a moral. But Baird may not leave anyone to live happily ever after.

Grades:

Overall: 4.5 Star Rating Cover
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Zach Rosenberg
Staff Reviewer
Zach Rosenberg is a fantasy and horror writer living in Florida. He appreciates the ocean, wildlife and his love of literature was constantly nurtured growing up where he practically lived in the libraries, reading every horror and fantasy book he could get his hands on. His print debut short story "The Teeth Of the Deeps" is featured in the fifth short story collection from Dead Sea Press.
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