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Corrupts Absolutely? Dark Metahuman Fiction. [Kindle Edition]

Multiple Authors , Lincoln Crisler , Jessica Lucero
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The only family member to survive the 9/11 attacks. A sidekick-turned-construction-worker. The teenaged products of an institute for unwanted metahuman children. The man who can make anyone do anything. Are they heroes? Are they villains? Sometimes they’re both. Often, even at the same time.

Corrupts Absolutely? collects twenty brand-new stories from veteran authors and newcomers, each with a unique perspective on what it might really be like to be superhuman in today’s day and age. In the center of such a roiling mass of uncertainty and excitement lies one important truth: the fight against good or evil is never as important as the fight for or against oneself.

Contributors: Weston Ochse, Jeff Strand, Joe McKinney, Cat Rambo, A.D. Spencer, A.S. Fox, Andrew Bourelle, Anthony Laffan, Edward M. Erdelac, Jason Gehlert, Jason M. Tucker, Jeremy Hepler, Karina Fabian, Kris Ashton, Lee Mather, Lincoln Crisler, Malon Edwards, Tim Marquitz, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Wayne Helge, Wayne Ligon, and William Todd Rose.

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“The editor has done a fine job of assembling a batch of stories filled with attitude and badassery.”
– Superheronovels.Com

“Lincoln Crisler has taken pains to choose this myriad collection of stories exploring the theme of Metahumans acting out inhumanely and there are quite a few zingers to this collection. This is a collection very much in vein of Masked by Lou Anders; however, with a tenebrous and twisted bent to it.”
– Fantasy Book Critic

“Corrupts Absolutely? is a great anthology with a concept that never gets old. Each of the stories is incredibly unique, even the ones that deal with a similar power or theme. I had a great time with this and I didn’t dislike a single story. That’s hard to do. Highly Recommended!”
– Only the Best Sci-fi and Fantasy

“Lincoln Crisler’s compilation is commendable for showing a range of variations on its theme. The contributors address the motif from different aspects and genres. Aficionados of horror will find several tales to whet their genre appetite.”
– Hellnotes

“…the large majority of the stories establish intriguing conditions, insert equally intriguing characters, add appropriately devastating consequences to either action or inaction, and let the chips—or bodies—fall where they may. Recommended.”
– Michael Collings

“Really got me to thinking about who really is a 'Hero' and a 'Villain' and where is the line drawn.”
– Melsworld

“…The perfect collection for horror fans with a taste for superhero prose or lovers of hero tales who enjoy a bit of corruption with a horror flavor.”
– Dreadful Tales

From the Author

Superheroes spark the imagination. I'd go so far as to say they have damn-near universal appeal. In some instances, I'd even say superhero stories are the mythology of our modern culture, and why wouldn't they be? Not only are they archetypical, versatile, and capable of crossing generation gaps in (dare I say it?) a single bound, they're great escapism, and they tell us something about ourselves.

I'd go so far so as to posit you can't tell what a person is really like unless they're in a position to do anything. Would she marry the same guy if she could go anywhere? Would he be content with a regular job if he didn't need the paycheck? Would they act the same way if they were immortal and didn't fear the judgment of the grave? If they didn't have to be afraid of a fight, or the law? In most cases, we'll never know those answers, about those around us or ourselves, for that matter. Comic books--superheroes--are a way for us to explore such things.

Superheroes do well in a variety of media, but original superhero prose always seems hardest to come by. This anthology isn't the first of its kind, but you probably won't see another for a couple of years, and I'd stack it up against any other I've read. Every author between these pages performed, as far as I'm concerned, a labor of love, and I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a better speculative fiction anthology this year. They did that good a job. They answered a few burning questions. They gave us a hero or two, maybe even a couple of hapless souls who can't be termed anything but villain. Mostly, though, we have real people, with real problems and unreal solutions.

I really hope you like it.

Lincoln Crisler
Augusta, Georgia
December 22, 2011

Product Details

  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Damnation Books LLC (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GE8RLC
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading April 12, 2012
By K B
Format:Paperback
I liked Corrupts Absolutely? so much I bought a couple of copies for friends. Just what does power do to normal people? Crisler has assembled a really interesting collection of stories; some good, some great; a few so chilling and demented that they've really earned the right to be horror stories. Acquainted with the Night by Cat Rambo and Ozymandias Revisited by A.S Fox both get under your skin and make it crawl. Rambo's voice softly lulls you into trusting her and then whacks you with a heavy bat. Fox comes out swinging, bludgeoning you into submission until you end up somewhere scary and not at all where you expected. The whole collection has been chosen with care and leads the reader through a greater story about human weakness, desire and how we become the things we ought to fear.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of Metahuman fiction March 21, 2012
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I'm a sucker for superhero prose and this anthology definitely delivers and satisfied my craving. Reading is a very subjective experience, and this is merely my opinions, but I can appreciate the reasons why some of these stories were included in this collection. As with any anthology, some stories are hit or miss, but overall I really enjoyed reading this collection of tales.

First, the good: my top picks from this antho are MAX AND ROSE by Andrew Bourelle, THE REAL CHURCH by Jeremy Hepler, OZYMANDIAS REVISITED by A.S. Fox, and CROOKED by Lee Mather. These stories were authors firing on all cylinders and were a real pleasure to read and experience. Out of the twenty tales compiled here, there were only 3 that I didn't care for and that's saying much about Crisler and his talent for assembling anthologies. He has excelled here and has brought together some really good, some even great, stories.

Definitely pick this up, folks. There's a little something for any reader between these pages. From familiar superhero tropes to some nice twists on old comic lines.

It was a pleasure to read this and I will definitely be searching out a few of these authors to see what else they have out there.

R. Thomas Riley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corrupts Absolutely? You bet! April 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Metahuman fiction is one of the first genres that has been with me since my toddler days. This is probably not to be unexpected, seeing as how my generation has had heroes like the Superfriends (TV's version of the Justice League). It's also worth noting that I have followed other franchises like the X-Men since childhood as well.

As a result, this has developed a certain culture of taste within me as far as expectation goes. I'm completely used to well-defined lines of heroes and villains, good versus evil, with no shades of gray in between.

Corrupts Absolutely? then has its chance to take what I know of conventional heroes and throw it right out the window. And it does. The protagonists and antagonists presented in this dark metahuman anthology here defy tradition, which is why from this point on I'm reluctant to use such terms as heroes and villains. Every character has his or her own flaws, and unfortunately not every character can overcome the circumstances of their powers. At this, I must explain that my use of the term "unfortunately" speaks solely of the character, not to the reader's experience.

I find Corrupts Absolutely? to be a worthy addition to the world of metahuman storytelling. There were a couple of stories which did end a little on the abrupt side for me, leaving me with little to no closure. However, stories such as "Conviction", "Threshold", "Gone Rogue", and "Max and Rose", pretty much socked me in the gut through evocation. I couldn't help but feel for the protagonists featured in those stories. In fact, I did a complete 180 on the character of Max in "Max and Rose", as the events unfolded in the anthology's end tale.

Mr. Crisler has much to be proud of with this book. His selection of tales included in Corrupts are there for a reason. The collection does what it sets out to do. If ever he does decide to edit another anthology of dark metahuman elements, I'll be sure to pick up that collection, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes? November 28, 2012
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Corrupts Absolutely? Dark Metahuman Fiction edited by Lincoln Crisler
Damnation Books 2012

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? Corrupts Absolutely? Is a collection of short stories posing those same questions, as well as others.
Among my favorite stories is "Mental Man" by William Todd Rose which follows a man who used his powers as a youth to commit petty crimes; he is now in therapy for stress and anxiety and is working toward the capture of a serial killer--but there is quite the twist. Another favorite is "The Origin of Slashy" by Jeff Strand about a girl who is raped and while attempting suicide discovers she has healing abilities; now a damaged girl is set loose on an unsuspecting world. "Max and Rose" by Andrew Bourelle is about how Max's acquired powers eventually tear his relationship apart--and Rose wants him to know it.
Other fantastic stories include "Hero" by Joe McKinney about a man who can predict the future by exactly 7 minutes and 22 seconds, but he is housed in a mental institution as a lunatic with a narcissistic doctor treating him; "Conviction" by Edward M. Erdelac about a young boy who walks around as a victim until a respected teacher tells him to believe in himself, with some bizarre consequences; "Retribution" by Tim Marquitz about a man seeking revenge for the loss of his family on 9/11 who is given a gift, of sorts, by the government; and many others.
As with any anthology there are usually a few misses within the hits. "Static" by Jason Gehlert is a good story about a cop who seems to suddenly develop superpowers, but it felt incomplete. "Fixed" by Trisha J.
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