- File Size: 2671 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Graveside Tales (September 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042AME1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,637,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #1031 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literature Collections > Horror
- #1958 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters
- #2172 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Werewolves & Shifters
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"Claws of Native Ghosts" is the opener and gives a brilliant first person narrative of a British soldier's madness that is only made worse by the spirit of a beast that attaches itself to him. "Like Cat and Dog" takes a new spin by entering a world inhabited by both humans and non-shifting anthropomorphic canines and felines that struggle to control predatory urges. A nice action story with several good turns. "Desert Heart" is a marvelous short western story about a sheriff with a special ability for tracking the lycanthrope that surfaces in his small town. "Let's All Welcome the New Guy" is a hilarious take on company sensitivity training that had me chuckling for several minutes after I finished. "Okie Werewolf Seeks Love" is just plain fun for the narrative and story it tells. "SQ 389" takes a wonderful sci-fi approach blended with some traditional werewolf lore upgraded for a world of virtual reality and the police that protect it. "Of Silver Bullets and Golden Teeth" (one of my favorite titles) is an excellent frontier adventure involving Navajo legends. "The Immaculate Conception" is very amazing take on a unique form of shape-shifting breaking out aboard a slave ship.
And really those are simply the ones that stand out in my mind right now, just about all of the other stories are enjoyable too. Recommended for any fan of varied shape-shifting mythos.
It should also be mentioned that Lee Battersby's novelette "The Claws of Native Ghosts" (which opens the anthology) won the 2008 Australian Shadows Award. The Australian Shadows Award is the pinnacle award for horror fiction in Australia.
And then there is the problem of the art. At best, the art is extremely amateurish, at worst, appallingly lousy. Many of the artists appear to be ignorant of wolf or cat anatomy. The artist who illustrated the story about the werehyena appears to have been unable to even google an image of a hyena.
All in all, it was a complete waste of money to buy, and an even worse waste of time to read.