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Here Be Monsters - An Anthology of Monster Tales Kindle Edition

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Length: 134 pages

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lex Talionis Books (September 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M94EAQ
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Armitt on September 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
From M.T.Murphy's twisted tale of blackmail; to Sara Reinke's genuinely frightening yarn of soul sucking creatures; each story is a real gem. What makes this book of horror stand apart from others of the genre is it's originality; each story stands apart from its neighbour in both style and content.
Although I enjoyed each and every tale, I especially liked S.M Reine's 'Something wrong' for its simplistic, yet elegant prose, and Jeremy C. Shipp's weird and totally unexpected 'Figs'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V SaewodTice on October 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Here Be Monsters - An Anthology of Monster Tales
By M.T. Murphy, S.M. Reine, India Drummond, Anabel Portillo, Jeremy C. Shipp, Samantha Anderson, and Sara Reinke.

(Review by Saewod Tice - Great Minds Thinking Aloud Literary Community)

Eight tales of vampires, werewolves, demons, zombies, and other horrors:
M.T. Murphy - Blackmail.
- A nice twist in a familiar tale.

S.M. Reine - Something Wrong.
- A simple, beautifully written horror.

India Drummond - The Reaver.
- A fresh tale with a ghoulishly karmic finish.

Anabel Portillo - Lux.
- A tale I wish was a full novel, just to get more detail to the horrors created.

Jeremy C. Shipp - Figs.
- An unexpected climax and new meaning to justice.

Samantha Anderson - Deals and Demons.
- Good versus Evil has a new twist.

Sara Reinke - Periphery People.
- Hauntingly different and `campfire' story worthy.

M.T. Murphy - Spider Bag.
- Perhaps my fear of spiders are the reason this shook me, but it may also be the actual discovery of what the spider bag is that did me in.

It's Halloween-time and this collection of horror shorts was fun for this time of the year. I liked a couple of the stories over the others, but overall they were a pretty twisted read. Definitely recommended for a couple quick horrific reads.

Great Minds Thinking Aloud Rating - 3.5/5 Ravens
Recommended Ages - 17+
Available on Amazon & right now its FREE.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone on May 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Here Be Monsters: An Anthology of Monster Tales is an eclectic collection of stories using the classic monster trope, but not in the traditional vampire/ zombie/ werewolf mode. There are a few of the Universal Studios godfathers here, but in general, the collection steers away from the known and tread into the unknown. There have been a number of anthologies in recent years that have deliberately tried to shift horror away from the traditional beasties we all know and fear. I don't know if Here Be Monsters made a specific attempt at it or if it just happened to come together that way, but based on the uneven feel of this one, I'm guessing it was random selection.

There were some interesting stories here, but there was a violent thread throughout the collection that began to unsettle me. I do not care for the brutal horror elements and this anthology kept moving further and further in that direction. The violence toward women was particularly disturbing. Women nailed to tables, doctors strapping girls to tables, choking the "bitch" to death, and more started to bother me a great deal. Some of the stories even seemed written for the sole purpose of the violent action rather than any comprehensible narrative.

I would rather authors try and not quite make it rather than fall back on the cliché tropes, stereotypes, and weak plot devices we have all read elsewhere. This collection goes too far off the proverbial cliff however. In an attempt to be unique, some of the stories became plain old confusing. Combine this with the level of violence and splatter style horror, and it wasn't a collection I enjoyed. For the gore crowd, this might be a treat. For me, it was a turnoff. Weak plots, confusing tales, and excessive violence. Not my style.

Originally published at Horror Novel Reviews
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rob M. Miller on February 22, 2012
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For a work offered for free, a reader has very little to complain about ... but there is some.

The Simon Cowell response:

The editing could've and should have been better. Numerous flaws throughout the book--though not in every story--from some incorrect words, to missing commas before direct addresses, and other spelling/grammar/and punctuation issues. Brings to mind Laymon's Rules of Writing, and his admonition to writers to remember that editors often don't know how to edit. Of a truth, they're often simply acquisition editors, seeking to acquire ready-to-be-published mss. in order to fill a book. Writers should never expect a book's organizers to "fix" their stories. It's their responsibility. Laymon's other recommendation: that a writer shouldn't turn over a piece of work that wouldn't earn an A+ in any English class in the country.

And yes, if any think I'm not aware, sometimes the writer has done their job with mechanics and structure, and it's the editor(s) that's monkeyed things up with their good intentions.

And then there's the formatting. It would've been nice to have a bit of space between the title, copyright notice, and the all-important "All Rights reserved," before the story-starts.

The Happy Reader response:

The most important question a reader asks is simply this: Do I want to turn the page? Do I want ... need! to find out what happens? With this book, as a whole, if not with every individual story, the answer's been a yes. And it wasn't with anything getting dragged, kicking and screaming. Rather, the work was consumed over the course of a day.
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