The Laws of Nature: A Collection of Short Stories of Horror, Anxiety, Tragedy and Loss

The Laws of Nature: A Collection of Short Stories of Horror, Anxiety, Tragedy and Loss

by Ashley Franz Holzmann


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The Laws of Nature: A Collection of Short Stories of Horror, Anxiety, Tragedy and Loss by Ashley Franz Holzmann

There is a dark side to human nature that neither can be wished away nor completely mitigated. Ashley Franz Holzmann details just several of these "Laws of Nature" before taking his readers on a journey through the bizarre, the terrifying, and, ultimately, the disturbingly real truths that underlie much of modern American life.

Ashley makes his debut into the horror genre with "The Stump," a story about an afternoon trot through the woods that quickly becomes a blood bath-and, much as it does for that story's monster, the scent of fear will only lure veteran horror readers further through the forest. A teenager's vanity will likely cause his town to be consumed by a roaming swarm of insects that burst forth from his acne-riddled skin in "White Heads;" entire populations vanish into the void of the Alaskan tundra in "Glass Houses;" and superiority takes the form of a murdering, sadistic woman in "Lady Macbeth."

But Ashley's best retellings focus less on gore and adrenaline and instead take human psychology as their medium, as demonstrated in "Plastic Glasses," where readers are brought into a world of disturbing personality and mental disorders. Ashley's work abounds with stories in this vein, stories which grab a hold of a common failing-such as marital friction in "Hush," or American male frustration in "Orpheus's Lot"-and take it to an extreme that is nevertheless not inconceivable for most people.

Coming from the mind of a man who has experienced more than his fair share of humanity, "The Laws of Nature" is, at its finest, a description of universal emotions of loss, nostalgia, anxiety, and soul-penetrating terror. Ashley's stories elicit empathy from his readers and draw them into worlds where they both acknowledge and cuddle with their fears and which leave them, ultimately, more human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692339633
Publisher: As For Class
Publication date: 11/05/2014
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Ashley Franz Holzmann was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in a variety of countries while his parents served in the Air Force. He considered attending art school, but is instead a graduate of West Point, where he enjoyed intramural grappling and studying systems engineering and military history. He majored in sociology and is currently a captain in the Army. Ashley speaks Korean, enjoys backpacking, and is the cook in his family. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, two sons, and their two dogs.

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The Laws of Nature: A Collection of Short Stories of Horror, Anxiety, Tragedy and Loss 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Citajme-com More than 1 year ago
“The Laws of Nature” written by Ashley Franz Holzmann is an anthology that manages to mess with your head and create in reader’s mind kind of sense horror stories suppose to - the thrill and uncertainty. In his collection conveniently subtitled “A Collection of Short Stories of Horror, Anxiety, Tragedy and Loss” the author delivers 19 short stories on diverse themes, made in different style, while this collection ends with the letter from the author in which he explains whole collection could be attributed to his meeting with a man named Patrick Albright. The author also gives us a history of his anthology; his collection began with thirty stories and then reduced by the test readers and his editor to final number of nineteen published stories. Though Holzmann confesses struggling with the order of the stories, especially the first and the last one, I think he did an excellent job when it comes to ordering them in a way that will keep reader interested until the very last of them. The last of his stories “Cold Static” is actually my favorite, with its theme of dying and constant reborn. Speaking of his style, not doubt Holzmann is a talented author that manages to convey great stories, believable characters and convincing worlds, and hopefully this anthology would give him the strength and confidence to go one step forward and write a bit longer works, novel maybe. He has capabilities and style - that I can guarantee. Overall, “The Laws of Nature” is a good horror collection coming from an emerging name Ashley Franz Holzmann, and though young, all of his stories have that particular quality of lasting in our minds long after ending words have been read. Hence his anthology can be recommended not only to horror short stories fans, though they can freely increase my rating for an additional star. I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.
RebeccaFritsen More than 1 year ago
This is unequivocally the best horror anthology I've ever read from a beginning author. It held me captivated from the first page to the last, when I surfaced only to realize I'd stayed up reading it cover to cover. Each story in this collection is a beautiful and sincere testament to human emotion, whether it be devastating loss, gut wrenching anxiety, or all encompassing terror. I know without a doubt that I'll reread this book many times, and I can't wait to read any future endeavors by him.
MGagnon-Author More than 1 year ago
It’s been a long time since I was this excited about a new author. Probably one of the best horror anthologies I have read. In “The Laws of Nature” author Ashley Holzmann assembles a collection of the most visceral, disturbing and exciting horror stories that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Holzmann explores every variation of nightmare possible in this collection, from dark horror fantasy, to the anxiety of the modern human psyche with expert skill. In each story the author find a new way to push at the soft barriers of your own comfort zone, and then through it, in a deliciously detailed and disturbing way. This book was a pleasure to climb into, and as a fellow author I found the level of skill and quality inspirational and motivating for my own work. My most highly recommended horror book of 2016.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These short stories are so haunting in a very thought-provoking way! They are the kind of stories that stick with you and slowly gnaw at your brain! I definitely recommend reading this if you like stories that are written smartly and not overly obvious in context.