Here’s a short but sweet review of What They Hear in the Dark by Nick Cato, posted on his Antibacterial Pope blog:
The first release from this new small press is an emotional look at a couple coping with the death of their son. During the renovation of their home, they discover a hidden room where there’s no sound…although Rob can sense a disturbing presence within, Becky seems to be a bit comforted by being in it, believing their son is close…
Being a short chapbook, that’s all I can reveal, but suffice it to say McMahon’s tale has a similar tone to some of Gary Braunbeck’s stories, i.e. simultaneously chilling and depressing. This is short and sweet “quiet horror” done right.