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Demonic Wildlife: A Fantastical Funny Adventure: Dark Humor Short Story Collection (Demonic Anthology Series Book 1) by [Valerie Willis, Arielle Haughee, Maxine Grey, Kim Plasket, J.P. Dildine, L.E. Perez, Richard A. Wentworth, Jeremy Rodden, Teresa Edmond-Sargeant, Linda Hull]

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Marya Miller rated it 5 out of 5 it was amazing
Wait till you meet Mr. Bubbles: Then you will know how "Demonic Wildlife" got its name! 

Demonic Wildlife is a wonderful introduction to horror if you're not a die-hard (no-pun-intended) horror fan. Oh, the stories are nasty--after all, this is *demonic* wildlife--but they're like Halloween: They scare you enough to be loads of fun and a LITTLE bit uncomfortable. Only after you've finished the book and let it sit a few days do you realize that Stephen King's "IT" probably has Mr. Bubbles as a pet, with a side order of squirrels and koalas. Only after you have finished the book, do you realize you were always uncomfortable with those long, hard claws that koalas have, and how you never ever really wanted to "cuddle" one. 

And we all have our own, unique Spider Dances. 

And speaking of spiders, Linda Hull's "The Spider Laughs" and Ninji by Richard Wentworth are sublime jewels, full of delicate menace. Maxine Grey's "Koalas" is as raw as it comes, and her interpretation of Koala thinking-patterns and speech are gritty and hilarious (but not for the faint-hearted). Jeremy Rodden's "The Legend of Chupacabra" is another gem of masterly storytelling. Clint Doyle's "CATagories for 500" is full of wicked humor. Valerie Willis' "The Antichrist is a Manatee" brings up disturbing visuals (and the ending will make you shiver). "Going Ape" by Kim Plasket ought to be told round a campfire on a very dark night. Preferably near a zoo. "Rabbit Snare" by Arielle Haughee has the most *satisfying* ending (at least, *I* thought so). "Mato" by Teresa Edward-Sergeant will both disturb you and make you think. "Aww Nuts!" by L.E. Perez is wickedly clever. "Baa Baa Black Sheep" by G. H. Finn is just plain nasty-fun and "Sassy LaRue" Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk" by J. P. Dildine totally lives up to its wildly quirky name--and thank heavens for Gilda, is all I can say.

One small point that I have to mention--and it's not unique to this book: I see it misused all the time in Regency Romances--one of the stories contains the phrase "mutton dressed as lamb". In the words of the immortal Inigo Montoya, "I do not think it means what you think it means." "Mutton dressed as lamb" is a nineteenth century expression meaning an older woman acting and dressing like a sweet young girl. (Mutton-meat comes from a mature sheep; hence the expression.) 


The story selection itself was that unique gem among anthologies, a beautifully-balanced and well-chosen selection; and as such, highly entertaining with chills, thrills and story twists that make your eyeballs pop. And the illustrations just add to the fun. 

I hope there's a sequel anthology full of more demonic wildlife next year.

From the Author

Linda Hull 
Linda Hull grew up in Miami, Florida, spending most of hertime playing with imaginary friends and making up stories. Once in a while, shewould write some of those stories down and distribute them among a very select,highly amused few.
Some of these amused few encouraged her to follow her dreamof becoming a writer. So she went to Rollins College and got a BA inEnglish/Writing. Since then Linda Hull's work has been seen onstage atUniversal Studios, Florida, the Orlando Fringe Festival and onscreen at anumber of film festivals.
Balancing a full-time job with freelance editing, an attemptat a website, and writing something new, Linda is hoping to drag herself out ofthe starving artist category by offering her work at .99 on Amazon.com insteadof free.
 
 
Richard A. Wentworth 
Me and my family live in the Southern California desert andwhen I'm not working, I like to write and create interesting stories.
 
 
Jeremy Rodden 
Jeremy Rodden considers himself a dad first and an authorsecond. He is the author of the middle grade/young adult Toonopolis series ofbooks which take place in his cartoon universe. He also edited, contributed to,and published The Myth of Mr. Mom, a non-fiction series of essays by stay-at-home dads. 
 
 
Clint Doyle 
Clint Doyle is a new author with interest in Fantasy, UrbanFantasy, and Steampunk.  He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and fourchildren.  He is working on his first major production currently.
 
 
Valerie Willis 
Valerie Willis, a sixth generation Floridian, launched herfirst book, Cedric the Demonic Knight, at the start of 2014 on Amazon.com.Since then, she has continued to add to The Cedric Series a high-ratedParanormal Fantasy Romance Series featuring an anti-hero who finds himselfdragged away from his revenge on his maker by both love and the onset of alarger threat. She pulls in a melting pot of mythology, folklores, history andmore into her work with a remarkable amount of foreshadowing that makes readingher books a second time exciting. Rebirth is the first book in her Teen UrbanFantasy, the Tattooed Angels Trilogy where the main character struggles withsocial issues with the complications of turning immortal. And if fantasy wasn'tyour cup of tea, head over to her Blog for some "Val, Tell me a Story" postsfeaturing true, hilarious, and sometimes bizarre, life events from recent toold.
 
 
Christina Bergling 
Christina Bergling knew she wanted to be an author in fourthgrade.
In college, she pursued a professional writing degree andstarted publishing small scale. It all began with "How to Kill YourselfSlowly." She started working as a technical writer, traveling to Iraq as acontractor and eventually becoming a software developer.
She hosted multiple blogs on Iraq, bipolar, pregnancy,running and continues to write on Fiery Pen: The Horror Writing of ChristinaBergling and Z0mbie Turtle.
In 2015, she published two novellas. She is featured in thehorror collections Collected Christmas, Collected Easter, and CollectedHalloween. Her latest novel, The Rest Will Come, was released in August 2017.
Bergling is a mother of two young children and lives withher family in Colorado Springs. She spends her non-writing time running, doingyoga and barre, belly dancing, taking pictures, traveling, and sucking all themarrow out of life.
 
 
Kim Plasket 
Kim Plasket, a Jersey Girl at heart transplanted to sunnyhot Florida.  Normally she writesparanormal and Horror. She has written a piece called Room 30 which was used inHotel Horror. She has had a number of poems which were put in Anthologies fromthe National Library of Poetry. She is currently seeking representation for mydebut novel. When she is not working or writing she is going out for lattes'with her fellow Author Valerie Willis.
 
 
Arielle Haughee 
Formerly an elementary teacher, Arielle Haughee is anOrlando-based writer with short stories and memoir published in a variety ofprint and web publications. She focuses on mainstream fiction, speculativefiction, mommy memoir, and children's picture books. Arielle is also active inlocal critique groups and is a judge in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest.
 
 
Teresa Edmond-Sargeant 
Teresa Edmond-Sargeant is an award-winning journalist,author, poet, ghostwriter, and editor.
As a newspaper staff writer in North Jersey, Edmond-Sargeantwon two N.J. Press Association awards. She also received an award from theFlorida Press Association as a reporter for a Central Florida communitynewspaper.
She is the author of the poetry book "How Fate's ConfusionConnects" and many Amazon Kindle short story ebooks. 
She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck,N.J., with a bachelor's degree in communication. She got her certification inadvanced fiction writing from the Adult Learning Center of Osceola, Kissimmee,Fla.
She is a member of the Florida Writers Association. 
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time withfamily and friends, reading, working out, shopping, and traveling.
 
 
G. H. Finn 
G. H. Finn is the pen name of someone who keeps his realidentity secret to escape the eternal wrath of the ever vengeful eldritch ElderGods. And to avoid library fines. 
Having written non-fiction for many years, Finn began writing fiction in 2015,and currently has around 50 short stories in various stages of publication. Heespecially enjoys mixing genres (sometimes in a blender, after beating theminsensible with a cursed rolling pin) including mystery, horror, steampunk,sword-and-sorcery, dark comedy, fantasy, detective, dieselpunk, weird,supernatural, sword-and-planet, speculative, folkloric, Cthulhu mythos, sci-fi,spy-fi, satire and urban fantasy. 
 
 
J. P. Dildine 
J.P. Dildine lives in Austin, Texas with his bad-ass wifeand three precocious, creative kids. Besides being weirdly addicted to drinkswith umbrellas in them he sometimes writes. His first book "Toby Finkelsteinand the Dandies of the Underworld" is will be out in early 2018 and he'scurrently running late on his appointment with life but is trying to remedythat.
 
 
Maxine Grey 
Maxine Grey is the pen name of Maxine Groves.Born in the UK and after 30 years spent living in Australia she is now residingback in the North East of England.
She writes horror, dark psychological fictionand crime and is also a reader, reviewer and Book Publicist. Maxine only putpen to paper to start writing in 2017, remembering the words of her EnglishHigh School Teacher that one day she would write a book.
Later in 2017 you will see more of Maxine'sstories in various horror anthologies. Maxine is working on a crime/horrornovella due for publication early in 2018 and also her first novel, apsychological thriller/crime blend.
Maxine reads a book a day on average and can'tlive without her books. She is also the owner of 2 very naughty Burmese catswho are constantly interrupting the creative process, usually wanting snacks.
 
 
L. E. Perez 
Born and raised in New York City, L.E. moved toScranton to raise her children. Once they were teenagers, they moved toNorthern Virginia. Now? She enjoys the warmth in Orlando with her honey.
A lot like her first character Leigh, she'sworked in corrections, probation, and victim services (not police)...She's donea little of everything. She is a 4th degree Black Belt and believes inbelievable fight scenes. 
She believes in her mantra: STRONG WOMEN, STRONGSTORIES. 

She writes the stories that need to be written.She currently has stories in a variety of genres. Romance, Thriller, UrbanFantasy, Paranormal Romance, and more...
Stay tuned for more!
amazon.com/L.E.-Perez/e/B00ASREREU

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B074WNVZCD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Battle Goddess Productions (October 1, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2111 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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