Growing Season, Dark Tales #11 SciFi UK Review
A man attempting to retrieve his lost wallet from an eccentric old woman is the setting for Davin Irelandís "Growing Season". Thereís some good descriptive work of the decrepit house and the overgrown garden, with the old lady becoming more and more creepy. The tale develops well as bewilderment and frustration set in, slowly giving way to horror as the old ladyís true purpose becomes clear. Iím giving up gardening after reading this.
The March Wind, Aeon #14 The Fix
The fourteenth issue of Aeon kicks off with "The March Wind" by Davin Ireland. In this story, the Earth is at war with nameless, hostile aliens who have forced the human population into a continuous curfew. In the destroyed shambles of the modern world, suicide has become a fact of everyday life. Vic lives in the Mash House, once a backpackerís hotel and part-time brothelónow a pitiful shelter for him and his sick girlfriend Penny. When he finds an alien artefact, though, he has no idea how much it will change his life. Ireland describes the new Earth and its changed atmosphere wonderfully, mixing what is a tragic situation with the indomitable human survival instinct. The people grouping to watch the war overhead, as if it were a mere spectacle, is a particularly nifty touch. I like that Ireland didnít shy from the consequences of Vicís choice, but the ending did not sit quite right with me. The alien artefact seemed a little too convenient. I had a hard time believing it would do what humanity needed most, especially in light of its being manufactured by hostile aliens.
The Essences, Badass Horror Craig's Book Club
But Davin Ireland's "The Essences" really gives it a run for its money. There's real storytelling brilliance here. The beginning is not only a grabber, but is also cleverly deceptive -- and I love surprises in fiction; they are so rare. A stakeout gone awry leads Paul Gemson onto the abandoned thirteenth floor of an office building, and to the Keeper of the Essences. The pure imagination involved in this story was stunning and it is not only readable but also brought back memories of old-time radio with its taut delivery.
The Essences, Badass Horror Clueless Observations
'The Essences' by Davin Ireland: When a man dies mysteriously at an insurance fraud investigation site, field operative Paul Gemson takes advantage of a clue he found on the deceased person and goes hunting for reparations. What he finds is the very essence of humanity ... a wonderful little morality tale suitable for The Twilight Zone.
The Essences, Badass Horror
'The Essences' by Davin Ireland is a rather complex tale in a good way. The story centers on an insurance investigator who on a job witnesses a man die under unnatural circumstances. With only a piece of paper to guide him, he finds an address that leads to a secret laboratory. Inside, a dozen human emotions are kept in several jars and protected by an overseer. The "essences" of the human race are made up of waves: when one emotion grows in the human race, that particular emotion grows in the lab. There's an overarching theme, but it took me a few readings to get it.
The Left Hand of Avarice, Death to the JPPN
Davin Irelandís 'The Left Hand of Avarice' was an interesting mob-type story in which a successful criminal tracks down our main character to find a street-buyer of a severed hand he has encased in glass. Weird from almost the very beginning, this first-person narrative has fresh, clear style that captivates the reader. The plot is both entertaining and somewhat original; quirky enough to hold onto you but also traditional enough to appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.
Dirt, Albedo One #29 The BugPowder Weblog
Splendidly wrapping things up is Davin Ireland's 'Dirt', a Tales Of The Unexpected told with disarming verve, which echoes the Fortean-inspired opening to PT Anderson's Magnolia, and mixes suspense and humour to thoroughly entertaining, gleefully evil effect ...
Combustible Eden, JupiterSF #1 Whispers of Wickedness
ĎCombustible Edení, by Davin Ireland, takes an old theme Ė hidden life on an alien planet Ė and gives it a nice twist. Apart from having us wonder who or what the aliens are, tension is added with the distrust of the narrator for his companion. A satisfying, traditional story ...
Spook, Dark Animus #4 Whispers of Wickedness
Davin Ireland's 'Spook' is a clever satire set in a bureaucratic Purgatory where souls await re-assignment to other lives on Earth. Weary of the racial and political sufferings that seem as likely to blight his next life as his last, our hero decides to buck the system. . . With its subtle reference to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, this is another tale where the true horrors belong to our own prosaic world rather than the supernatural, and the author expertly manages to balance some wry humour and weary melancholy to good effect ...