Recommended for all the right reasons. Thank you to the editors and authors who have donated their time and creativity for a great cause. Hardback I believe its coming out in all versions soon. Laird Barron is one of the godfathers of modern horror. His work is quite outside what I've come to tag as "horror" in recent years. This is a collection of previously published stories from the last three years. Short stories are an excellent introduction to any author and his latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All , is a must-read for new and seasoned fans alike.
Several come from Lovecraft-themed anthologies, and others are more broad-based horror offerings. As many of these stories are from specialized anthologies, seasoned fans may likely have missed one or two along the way as well. Barron's writing style is outside of what I see as mainstream horror, and I for one really appreciate that.
It's subtle, and gently guides the reader into dark, eerie places. His characters are well-defined, distinct, and drawn in sharp lines. I found myself loving, hating, sympathizing with, or raging against them throughout the stories. The story "The Redfield Girls" serves as a perfect example. We have a wonderful cast of characters and a fantastic set up. A group of women make an annual road trip to a remote location in the Pacific Northwest.
They drink some wine, relax, and recharge their batteries for the coming year. This year however, one of their party insists on a specific location. Thus begins a mounting feeling of something dark and ominous. Barron delivers in tone and atmosphere, and we sit tense through mysterious phone calls, missing vehicles, and missing persons. Modern writers seem to have lost that flair for the macabre as they fall back on gore, bloodshed, and violence. Barron is far and away a cut above the rest—pun intended. This novel would work well in any adult horror or dark fiction collection of a general library.
Monk Punk edited by A. There are 23 short stories in Monk Punk , mostly by emerging writers some are first publications. The stories take place in a variety of time periods, from the Middle Ages to the distant future. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed some stories that were, to an extent, fresh and original, the collection itself is a bit of a let-down. On the one hand, we have Buddhist -like monks, who usually live alone, in contemplative spiritualism, but who display deadly martial arts skills when called upon.
On the other, we have Christian -esque monks, who form cultish, cloistered brotherhoods, prone to ritualistic behaviour, conspiracy and on occasion sacrifice. The problem with Monk Punk in general is that it rarely moves beyond this, and the stories begin to feel a little same-y. I had some trouble differentiating the solitary-Eastern-monk-with-badass-fighting-skills stories of which there are six , as they trod very similar ground.
Unfortunately, the only story that attempted to focus on a religion other than Buddhism or Christianity — the story of a colonial explorer who meets a Sufi guru — was marred by racist and misogynist caricature, which made it rather unpalatable. There are some stories in the collection that have tried to do justice to the fascinating theme, particularly R. Overall, though, the collection lacked the originality and energy promised by both the title and the introduction.
What a refreshing anthology this is! In a deviation from the usual blood and gore of traditional horror, these short stories focus on the unpredictability of magic and how consequences can truly be horrific when one delves into the supernatural. The medium she uses to bind him to her—her hair—ends the story with unexpected results. Morgan seems to be a relative newcomer to the formal publishing world, but her talent is already quite evident. Jonathan Oliver did a wonderful job of choosing and editing the stories for this anthology. I highly recommend this collection for readers that want something a little different and librarians looking for good read-aloud material.
Stories and Poems of a Twisted Kind is a nice little collection of poems and stories with a bit of a Gothic feel. He has also given a sweet little nod to the old Tales from the Crypt series. The book is a fun read for both teen and adult horror fans. The book is well-written and the layout of stories and poems works nicely. All in all, a very good read. Suitable for older young adult readers. Strange, Weird and Wonderful Publishing, New paperback and Kindle e-book. Keenan, about a strange inheritance involving witchcraft and ventriloquist dummies. This one thoroughly creeped me out as I have a fear of ventriloquist dummies even more than clowns!
Russell, about an alien attempting to invade earth, who is thwarted by the rooster, Mr.
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As with all anthologies, not every story is going to be appealing to every reader. Unfortunately, it was far too verbose, with the author telling the details instead of describing them. The editors did a good job with their selections, for the most part, and I really enjoyed reading the stories. Some violence and gore. New paperback and Kindle. Did you ever wonder what would happen if you or someone you know developed superpowers in our reality? Would they be good or evil? Would they hide it or seek out the spotlight?
Would that power indeed corrupt? This is a collection of short stories posing those same questions, as well as others. As with any anthology, there are usually a few misses within the hits. However, the bulk of the stories are imaginative and well-written, and Lincoln Crisler did an amazing editing job. Most of the stories are pretty quick reads, and very entertaining. Characters and settings differ greatly, and the stories are not necessarily your standard comic book fare.
Angelic Knight Press, Echoing the destruction of mankind, the stories in Fading Light are frightening and, for the most part, quite bleak, which is how I like my horror.
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I also received a companion e-book containing five stories that were very good, but left out of the anthology for other reasons. A lot of the stories centered on the phenomenon of our sun disappearing. Whether by supernatural, religious or scientific occurrences, these scenarios are all equally frightening. There are also quite a few unique stories contained here that are scary and bleak.
Nothing here is necessarily predictable, even considering the theme, but it is all imaginative and entertaining.
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Dueling Minds is a ouroboros of a book. A collection of authors were all shown the cover art which was based on a Ray Bradbury tale and asked to write a story about it. Those stories were then illustrated and collected into this volume. Some take a surreal to downright esoteric slant on the imagery while others go literal. All are excellent, moody tales, but Braunbeck and Piccirilli's stand out as shining gems.
Is this a good book? Private collectors, however, will find this to be a haunting collection that they'll come back to time after time. A Succubus for Halloween by M. Halloween brings out all things scary, but with M. Hydra's short story collection , A Succubus for Halloween , those scares can also be mixed with a bit of titillation and sexiness.
This collection of thirteen stories, as with most collections, contains both strong stories as well as some that are weaker. This story took on a bit of a bizarro aspect as did a few other stories in this book and made me rethink the concept of massage therapy.
I only wished that there had been more stories themed for the holiday based on the name of the collection. This didn't keep me from enjoying Hydra's work, though, and I will definitely seek out other books by her. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind mixing erotica into their reading, as it is an erotica collection, though themed with horror and paranormal. Review by Rhonda Wilson. Sick Chick Flicks by John Skipp. Reading screenplays is rarely enjoyable for the typical reader.
He spent many years in Hollywood, emerged with his soul, and is still remembered for being one half of the pioneering movement of splatterpunk along with Craig Spector. Skipp knows that the typical screenplay would make one's eyes bleed as sleep took over, so he writes them almost like stories - something other screenwriters should consider. Maybe then we'd have more original horror movies that worked, instead of seeing moviemakers churn our remakes which bore even twelve-year-olds. Sick Chick Flicks is a fun read.
Skipp knows how to write "different" female parts - strong females who can kick ass but are mentally resilient and anything but cookie cutter material. Marcia, the lead who is led, also leads through the tale. The role demands an actress who isn't afraid to break through new walls. Sometimes, the title of a story creates a setup that begs for fulfillment. She's turned into a nationwide magnet for bilge from every direction, every type of person.
However, she shows she can handle it quite well. It's anything but a typical story. Yes, it has zombies but also puppets, songs, and a bat for stress relief. Sick Chick Flicks is not just a great collection to throw the spotlight on unique women in horror tales, Sick Chick Flicks is just, well, something just outside of normal.
John Skipp likely prefers that, and so will most readers. A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones. Hard cover, paperback, kindle. Horror just took back its balls. This effort collects tales that, for the most part, actually scare or unnerve the reader. Stephen King opens up the book with a new story, rather than one that has been recycled a million times, or a throwaway. That in itself is a rarity, and a portent for the rest of the anthology.
Of course, not every tale in the book works, but the winners outweigh the duds by a wide margin. Both Ramsey Campbell and Michael Marshall Smith have stories in this collection, and they never disappoint. Of the fourteen stories and novellas, the heavyweights include: She almost makes the reader forget about the King piece in this brilliant story of a hitchhiker and a driver spending a night in a hotel together.
What happens inside cannot be predicted. Peter Crowther's "Ghosts with Teeth" follows. His characters truly chew under the readers' skin. Brian Hodge's "Roots and All" is a tale about family and the secrets which they keep, along with the decay of one's hometown and the people within those places. It seems like there have been hundreds of themed anthologies flooding the market in recent years.
While many of them may contain some excellent stories, most do not include more than a few that actually frighten. A Book of Horrors is one of the old breed, which helps to bring true bite back into the genre. Thank you to the authors between the pages. The Circle by Bentley Little. Cemetery Dance continues its movement to provide diehard readers with gems of horror which have become hard to find or were previously unavailable to the general public. When a novella begins with a knock on the door, a young boy who squeezes diamonds out of his bum, and the insects which grace the cover of this book, the reader knows he or she is holding pure Bentley Little.
There is a shrine in a small suburban town which draws several people to come and offer something in return for money, sex, or other material items. Of course, the witch who lives there has other plans for those who hope for something without much in payment. The three intersecting tales that wind around each other here in the span of a single night offer insight into the human condition, something Little is known for.
Recommended for any Little fan and those who enjoy their horror just a little bit different in the approach of the ordinary. Ghost House Dark Regions Press , It leads the reader through terrifying yet enticing tales that stimulate both the imagination and intellect. Insightful thoughts and superb symbolism interlace adventures with demons, flesh eaters, ghosts, magic and other realms.
Author Scott Thomas even induces fear through the form of a horse. Each tale one rhyming is a gem, bound to the collection by theme: More generally, this book—by an independent specialty publisher—is recommended for libraries serving adult horror fans, specifically public libraries. Violence, gore, cannibalism, implied sex, suggested incest. The Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners edited by Joe Lansdale. Long delayed, The Horror Hall of Fame: With any collection of stories there are sure to be highs and lows, even in a "greatest hits" package such as this. All the names are duly represented: Martin, Elizabeth Massie, and so on.
Silva's "The Calling" are brilliant, through and through. The Whisper Jar is a collection of nine stories, combining a wonderful mix of horror and fantasy. A zombie virus has ravaged society, although the government has managed to get it under control. Salvation House comes under attack at times and the nuns and the children must fend off the attackers.
Lanham keeps you guessing through the entire story and then hits you in the gut with and unexpected and heartbreaking ending. Carole Lanham writes with a touch of whimsy that draws you into what ultimately are very dark and macabre stories. She is also able to flawlessly meld a childlike innocence with an eerie eroticism that for me really makes The Whisper Jar a major standout.
The stories are at times playful and then move into an almost unpredictable darkness. This is one collection that I highly recommend if you like your horror weird and disturbing. Skeletal Remains is a cool little collection of nine short stories that center on the human skeleton. All of the stories are well written and Gouveia has done an excellent job with the editing. The stories all have a nice flow and very unique subject matter. Skeletal Remains is a quick yet enjoyable read. Lore is a collection of short stories of speculative fiction.
It encompasses horror, science fiction and fantasy. The cover itself is a beautiful wrap-around piece by famed artist Richard Corben. For a round-robin story I felt the prose should have been a little tighter. It is part of a fantasy series, The Throne of Bones, that takes place in another world. The prose is detailed, imaginative and dark, creating an eerie and somber atmosphere.
Overall Lore is a good collection of multi-genre stories full of darkness, depression, eeriness, and a somber tone. If you are a fan of speculative fiction, then this one is for you. Contains adult situations and gore. Unspeakable and Other Stories by Lucy Taylor. Earlier this year, I finally got to read a short story by her, and I enjoyed every word of it.
So I was ecstatic when our site was contacted by the author about reviewing her short story collection Unspeakable and Other Stories. Yes, her stories would be classified as erotic horror, but I don't think many readers would find themselves wanting a warm body to make love to after having read her work. Taylor's stories are sensual yet disturbing and are more likely leave you fearing the lover beside you. Gripping and chilling, I devoured this collection in small doses to make it last longer. Adult language, Adult Situations, Sex. Dark Moon Books, Collected in Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations are 25 short stories from the horror and speculative fiction genres, unearthing our forgotten worlds and societies.
The stories all begin with some known reality: Then, leaping into the void from there, each writer suggests a gruesome alternate history. The stories range from mildly disturbing to downright terrifying, although none are particularly visceral. This element keeps the collection rooted in the possible, making it scarier, perhaps, than the current saturation of seductive monster-based and slasher fiction. The prevailing understatement of gore makes the book a good choice for treating high school history students to a read-aloud on stormy afternoons.
It begins with an old Sioux legend, a tragedy involving brothers mocking their gods. This would be a great piece to read in conjunction with Native American studies; short, pointed, and entirely in character with the original mythology. Classic horror tension builds steadily from start to finish as the reader watches helplessly while the explorers, desperately frightened and warned away at every step, still insist on carrying onward to their doom.
They open a vault made deliberately impassable; descend into terrifying darkness and stench; ignore a menacing, unearthly, drumbeat, and are climactically pursued into madness by the unnameable horror they unwittingly release. The writing is metaphorical and skillfully done. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse. Over the years I have heard nothing but good things about the works of Weston Ochse.
Having never read anything by him, I was looking forward to having the opportunity to check out his collection, Multiplex Fandango. I was happy to discover that everything I had heard was accurate. Multiplex Fandango is a collection of sixteen of Ochse's short stories and not a one is disappointing. Reading through this collection, I could easily see that Ochse cares about what he writes, as his feelings pour out onto the pages. Some of the stories that truly stuck out to me were: I'm sure favorites will vary by reader, but there is something for everyone in this stand-out collection.
This was my first, but definitely not last, adventure into the mind of Weston Ochse. Violence, Adult Language, Adult Situations. Four Legs in the Morning is a compilation of three short stories that can be read individually; however, they all intertwine and are best read together. All three stories center on Dr. Sibley, chair of the English department at Grayson University, a man you never want to cross. Each story describes in terrifying detail what can become of those who attempt to slight Dr.
Sibley; but did Dr. Sibley actually do anything to them? The answers are unknown, as they should be. This is a literary work in its truest form. He has a gift for language and description, bringing his characters and settings to life. Prentiss is the epitome of a story weaver; each of the three stories intertwine, relate back to one another, twisting and turning and bringing you right back to the beginning all over again.
Recommended for adult fiction collections; however, since this is a Signature Series title, it might be difficult to purchase because of the limited quantity and its price. Sinister Grin Press, All three stories were terrifying in a different way and most enjoyable. For readers not familiar with these three authors, this is a great introduction to each of them.
For a new press, this is an impressive first lineup and will leave readers curious as to what will be coming out next from this small press. Highly recommended for all library collections. Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes edited by J. As librarians and horror fans make arrangements to purchase the latest Sherlock Holmes movie or TV series video collection, may I also suggest picking up Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes to add to your display?
The third anthology of a series of Gaslight Sherlock Holmes compilations the others being Gaslight Grimoire and Gaslight Grotesque , this short story collection with a supernatural edge is both a notable and a noble tribute to the Great Consulting Detective. However, this aside, the book is well worth purchasing. I recommend Gaslight Arcanum for Sherlock Holmes fans and anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
New, Used, and digital. For most people, there is nothing more terrifying than waking up and going into work day after day. Peter Giglio shows just how valid this fear is as he brings together twenty-five authors and stories in Help! These are just a few of the magnificent and utterly terrifying stories in this collection. Do yourself a favor and read this book… unless, of course, you think it will make it that much more difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
Gathered Dust and Others by W. Brock and William F. Limited edition trade hardcover. The Devil's Coattails edited by Jason V. Nolan, Melanie Tem, Jerry E. Salamoff, Marc Scott Zicree, W. Snyder, Richard Selzer, Gary A. Braunbeck, and Paul G.
There are thousands upon thousands of horror fiction anthologies. What separates one book from the masses? The Grant anthologies come to mind here. When I was a young horror reader, I got excited each time I went to the horror section and saw the latest edition of Shadows or Night Visions which continued for a few editions after Grant's death. I couldn't wait to open the book and see who was in the table of contents. The Bleeding Edge was in many ways the most solid and groundbreaking anthology in the genre of dark and weird fiction in some time.
The quality of paper and production is amazing. It is the kind of book you want to take care of. It looked the treasure it was; the authors represented spanned several generations, ranging from Ray Bradbury to John Shirley, and also including young hip-snappers like Cody Goodfellow and Lisa Morton. The editors also made the bold decision to include several formats, including screenplays, teleplays, poems, and fragments, rather than sticking to the traditional structure of a straight prose collection.
Once again, almost the entire book is filled with masterpieces. Only two stories didn't work for me, both by authors whose work I respect. I love Gary Braunbeck, and consider his horror novel Prodigal Blues to be a masterpiece, but his story in this book went over my head. I intend to go back and read it after I have explored more of his work. This is a beautiful, amazing and special book. I am not sure if Brock and Nolan are planning to publish a trade edition. I hope so, because the masses should read this book.
In Monsters of L. For example, this collection starts off with a very well-known monster, Frankenstein. Jekyll in this story is in the process of creating a new method for gender reassignment, but instead of testing it out on animals, decides to test it out on herself with some adverse effects. Not only was this story fun, but it also made me groan out loud! As expected, it made me even more afraid of clowns, as the girl in the story is practically terrorized by numerous clowns while at a liquor store.
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These are just a few examples of the amazing contents of this book. I am typically not a fan of short stories, but Morton has made me second guess myself on this opinion with her stand-out collection. Do yourself a favor and check out this Stoker-nominated collection! Paper Cut Publishing, An Anthology of Fast-paced Fiction is a collection of eight short stories that cover a range of subjects, including aliens, vampires, fate, and insanity. The sadist sending the texts seems to be watching Ethan and knows that Roger is late…and why.
Ethan disappears, and six months later Roger begins getting text messages from a stranger. This is a very creepy story and a good reason for why you should never answer a call or text from an unknown number. All of the stories were pretty good but I found the book as a whole was average. They are all well-written and Ms. Extreme Horror Anthology edited by David C.
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Blood Bound Books, New paperback and Kindle ebook. Extreme Horror Anthology is a collection of twenty-nine short stories and they are all extreme and disturbing.
Rosick, about a couple going through medical school, where one discovers that she can capture the essence of life and the soul through necrophilia. With most anthologies and collections the stories can run the gamut from great to good to not so good. Some stories I liked better than others, but I liked every story in the anthology. I love extreme horror and this collection is definitely extreme. Hardcover or Kindle ebook. As with most collections, some stories are stronger than others.
Some readers may be disappointed that several stories contain frequently-used themes and common character-types i. Recommended for fans of urban-based fiction, as well as libraries and readers looking for horror with a different flavor. Decayed Etchings is a collection of stories by Brandon Ford. It includes his first short stories and continues on through many stories he has written over his career so far as a writer. That is to say, these are the scary and horrible things people do to each other.
There are no monsters in this collection and only one rat is involved, and you feel really sorry for that animal after the main character in the first story has his way with it. These stories are very well written, but the content is fairly adult. No children are featured in this collection, and I would suggest that this is the sort of book that no one under the age of 17 should probably read. It is, however, an excellent work, and I would suggest that if you read Stitches or Sold and survived, this would be a collection for you to consider.
Recommended for fans of True Crime, slasher horror, and very strange tales.
Adult situations, profanity, violence, gruesome images and sexual content. The very smart folks at Comet Press have gathered together some of the biggest names in horror and created an anthology of some very hardcore short stories. Spanning two decades, Necro Files contains stories that are either difficult to find or out of print altogether.
This is NOT your typical zombie story.
Needless to say, this last one nearly set off my gag reflex. While most anthologies tend to be a mixed bag, Necro Files is practically perfect. Every story is an absolute hit…and why not? Martin, to name a few. All of the stories are dark and disturbing in their own ways, and, well, extreme.
This is one anthology that horror fans, not just of the extreme variety, should have in their collections. Contains violence, gore, adult language and sex. It's one thing to read a story here, or a story there. To read the stories back to back in one collection is totally different. You notice themes, you learn sabout what is crawling around in the gray matter of the writer in question. If you are a fan of short fiction in the horror genre, then please take my advice and move this book up to the top of your list. In a blurb on the back cover, author Brian Keene said "Shannon is a writer not afraid to walk into the shadows and drag things there kicking and screaming into the light.
Shannon is a master at using tiny details that paint a dark and vivid picture. The atmosphere he builds leaves the reader with a feeling like they are turning away from a horrible sight, just keeping it in the corner of their vision. The styles range from traditional horror, to dark noir and experimental prose, all done with skill. Shannon is a very talented writer who deserves to be on library shelves everywhere.
Review by David Agranoff. New paperback and Kindle edition. I have long been a casual fan of Tim Powers and his work. I've always found his science fiction to balance grand ideas with excellent writing and strong characters. I have only read his novels in the past. The Bible Repairman is a collection of odd, surrealist, borderline bizarro, speculative fiction. I really enjoyed the stories "Soul in the Bottle," a tale centered around a book collector and his fascination with Jean Harlow's star on the walk of fame, and "Hour of Babel," a neat time travel story inspired by the pizza joint that Powers worked at in the 's.
The writing of all the stories are high quality: Powers has master's level talent. I think this is a good book for librarians to stock in their collection and to display, as I am hoping it will get more attention. Fifty-Two Stitches is a short about pages anthology of flash fiction. The stories come at readers fast and furiously, and are potentially forgettable. Flash fiction is very hard to write and too often flash stories depend on see-through twists or groan puns. The stories here are no exception. The length of the stories, too, lends to the feeling of them blurring together into one halting whole.
I'd be able to recommend it more highly if there was a less expensive digital version available, or if there were more gems in the mix. Sex, violence, gore, language. Tales of Halloween and Fantasy edited by Karen A. Raven Electrick Ink, The air has turned crisp and pumpkins are appearing all over. The trees are donning their fall colors and stores have been slinging fun-sized candies in purple and orange for a month now. It's the perfect setting for some great Halloween-themed tales, and this book delivers.
Jack O' Spec is a delightful collection of poems and prose all centering on some of the themes of Halloween. Not the typical horror fare of monsters and killers, instead it studies magic, what Halloween would be like if we were no longer subjected to Earth's season and the myths behind the celebrations and masks in the first place. This isn't a collection out to scare or turn reader away with blatant gore. It's out to dazzle and does its job well. It's an excellent choice for Halloween lovers, and for public collections. Pagan themes, language, adult situations. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Lambshead, MD was a doctor of strange diseases.
In his journeys to treat and occasionally cure the oddest diseases known to man, he found… stuff. These stories are accompanied by many fine illustrations by different artists. Product details File Size: October 27, Sold by: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.
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