Dip into the world of Bob Franklin's fiction at your own risk. The calm surface belies a swift undertow and snags galore. These are not horror stories in the traditional sense; they are more unsettling than that. These are tales of unease, set in familiar surrounds and whispered in your ear by a friendly and charismatic stranger. They are journeys into the darkness of the human psyche and powerful critiques of contemporary Australian society. Bob Franklin pokes and prods at human fears and foibles, revealing with forensic glee truths that you might prefer were, well, left under stones. They're not exactly pleasant but they sure as hell remind you that you're alive.