“Leaping at Thorns” is a collection of 15 unputdownable tales of terror by L. Andrew Cooper. I was reminded of the quote by Abraham Lincoln: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” However, in the case of this book there’s no either/or fallacy/scenario, as the thorns themselves are the roses. Cooper both frequently and brilliantly focuses on the human element in his tales with the protagonists’ flaws and pains exposed for the reader to vicariously revel in while the darkly delightful antagonists/‘archfiends’ of all shapes and sizes are oftentimes taking a back seat in the storylines which many would argue is the hallmark of great writing. Plus, there are humorous touches added to break up the bleakness with great wordplay throughout—the titles “Zero Patients” and “Worm Would” come to mind. Highly recommended!
G.L. Giles, author/reviewer