“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.” “…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.
December 22, 2011