Seven encounters with death in various circumstances, stories that weave through the past, the present and the future. Meet the oldest woman in the world, then a mysterious killer on a dark night in Milan, and next three boys who face some nasty surprises after recording the voices of the departed... because the dead should be left to rest in peace! Sadistic on-line surveys, a police inspector who witnesses his own death, songs that conceal terrible omens and disturbing secrets hidden underneath an Italian school.
Seven stories, expertly written, that provoke heart-pounding fear in the best tradition of the classics of terror.
Aaron Scott, the pen name of Attilio Abbiezzi, was born in Milan in 1971. Educated in economics and business, he has always been an enthusiastic reader of horror books. In his free time, he delights in writing short stories in this genre.
"Dark Legends" (originally "Racconti Oscuri"), published in Italy in 2012 by Runde Taarn, is his first collection of short stories. A short film based on the story "La Vincitrice" (The Winner), produced by Argumental Productions and directed by Alessandro Concas, received a special mention for best actress (Sabrina Bissirri) at Dino De Laurentiis' CortoDino Festival in 2012.
His second book, "Incubi dal Nuovo Millennio" ("Nightmares of the New Millennium"), came out in Italy in 2014.
What People Say
"...And if any reader can complete this series of stories and sleep without a light on, that would be a major surprise!"
"Fear: this is the main character of the enthralling and terrifying stories written, with accomplished ability, by the author. A sense of gloomy terror, splitting anxiety and tachycardia are what we feel when we immerse ourselves in these never predictable nor boring stories."
"Fresh, sharp and fast writing, in a modern Italian "style". The stories, with their shortness and apparent simplicity, are nevertheless rich in unexpected turns of events, which keep the tension going."
"The fear expressed in an Aaron Scott story is subtle and lasting: it remains, like little seeds, for some days after having read the book. This is one of the characteristics of the genre that is most appreciated by its readers, and at the same time one of the most feared by those who do not really love the horror and noir genre."
"His style is fresh and direct, without too may twisted turns of words and without gratuitous violence. This is not easy to achieve when writing horror, which often equals splatter. The author, instead, has been able to create suspense and anxiety without resorting to pointless violence."
"Hoping you'll want to pick this book up (which surely once you start, you won't be able to stop), I trust you'll be left open-mouthed and paralysed, even sorry to have had only seven Aaron Scott tales in your hands."