Close Your Eyes: Tales from the Blinkspace collects all the stories from that blog, plus a few more written specifically for the book. 300 pages and 55 stories, including interior illustrations by the author.
Close Your Eyes: Tales from the Blinkspace is a compelling mix of horror, fantasy, and the deeper kinds of emotions that are most often jangled hard when the world spins awry. It is the best writing I’ve ever done, and I’m extremely proud of the entire body of work. Even when doing the final proofs, I discovered that most of the stories still freak me out, or disturb me, or leave me with dreams of desperate terror.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Martin for She Never Slept about the Blinkspace project before it was published in novel form. You can read it here if you would like both a history of this book’s origins and an insight into the author’s mind.
Edward Martin III’s collection Close Your Eyes: Tales From The Blinkspace is a first-rate collection by an author who can tell a quality horror story in a few short pages. Most of the stories collected herein are less than 10 pages in length, and it is impressive how much substance Martin can put into so little space. Martin’s stories have a pervasive atmosphere of unease and just enough detail that you can follow the story and still come away wanting to know more about the worlds they are set in. He moves between horror and science fiction with equal aplomb, and his tale “The Club” shows that he is extremely talented at writing humor as well.
Given that many of the stories were penned for a writing marathon at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, it comes as no surprise that several stories are strongly influenced by “the gentleman from Providence” himself. Fans of Providence’s greatest man of letters will recognize some familiar names in the stories “Best Intentions”, “The Measure of a Man”, “There was Record of its Passing”, and “No Trouble”. Martin’s affection for the Mythos is obvious; and, like Lovecraft, his greatest strength lies in what his writing implies even more than what it states outright.
Edward Martin III is an incredibly gifted storyteller. He packs more suspense into a five-page story than many contemporary writers do in a whole book. He can alternate between different genres of the fantastic without losing his unique voice, and he has an able sense of humor. His Lovecraftian stories are delightfully fresh and original among the decades of writers following in H.P.’s footsteps. Genre fans owe it to themselves to read this superb collection. I know that I shall be seeking out more of Mr. Martin’s work very soon.
I give this book a resounding five tentacles.
Sean Lee Levin, Minion/Reviewer