- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cycatrix Press (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984167633
- ISBN-13: 978-0984167630
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,815,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Devil's Coattails: More Dispatches From the Dark Frontier Hardcover – Print, 2011
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Edited by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan. Only 500 Trade edition copies printed. Illustrated Hardcover with dust jacket; cover art by Vincent Chong. Foreword by S. T. Joshi. A unique anthology: contains original, never before published works by Ramsey Campbell, John Shirley, Jason V Brock, Marc Scott Zicree, Norman Corwin, Gary Braunbeck, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, Earl Hamner, Jenny Brundage, Nancy Kilpatrick, Jerry E. Airth, Sunni K Brock, Richard Christian Matheson, Paul J. Salamoff, Paul G. Bens, Jr., William F. Nolan, Dan O'Bannon, Max Brand, Richard Selzer, James Robert Smith, and Wilum Pugmire/Maryanne K. Snyder. Opaque pages, printed with 100% vegetable inks using windpower; printed and bound in the USA.
Top customer reviews
Moving on to the cover, and what impressive artwork I might add.....is the work of no other than the highly talented and gifted Vincent Chong! His name doesn't ring a bell either? Perhaps his associations with Stephen King and Ray Bradbury will jog your memory. You can find out more about Vincent at his blog: vincentchongart.wordpress.com
Other names include Six-time Bram Stoker winner Gary A Braunbeck, Jason V. Brock, Ramsay Campbell, Melanie Tam, John Shirley, and Marc Scott Zicree to name a few. Mixed in amongst the royalty of story telling are some phenomenal and highly talented newcomers. Blended together, all the contributing writers make the, "Devil's Coattails" anthology a rich feast to be savored like fine wine. And, speaking of rich, don't let the price scare you away....this collection of stories and art is worth every penny and more!
Jason V. Brock and his co-editor, William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) , have designed a fresh and invigorating trend in the world of publishing. Kudos to Cycatrix Press for using vegetable based inks and are you ready for this? I'm totally blown away by their use of 100% wind power! That rocks and the world needs more environmental conscious publishers!
The artwork is impressive and really strikes a chord within one's psyche. The artwork combined with the story gives the reader the total experience; it captures the essence of the story. Another nice touch is the short and sweet bio on each author after their story and then a short paragraph or two on what inspired them to write their tale. I'm one of those readers that loves to know where the writer's head was at while writing, what they were thinking and feeling.
Devil's Coattails consists of nineteen short stories, one poem, one teleplay and a select gallery of drawings/images all eloquently packed into 288 pages. This hardcover first edition does not disappoint and in fact has piqued my curiosity to seek out and read more from Jason V. Brock. S.T. Joshi introduces us to "Devil's Coattails" in his impressive foreword. He contends that, "Weird fiction is not a genre of any concrete or meaningful sense, but a mode of writing to which authors of many different sorts can resort when they find actual genres (science fiction, fantasy, romance, the Western) or mainstream fiction cannot easily accommodate the ideas, moods, or imagery they are seeking to convey." He aptly sums up the combination of different short tales, a poem, and the teleplay along with the artwork. Indeed "Devil's Coattails" is different; it's refreshing and breathes new life into the literary world that at times can seem so stymied.
Many of the stories in this book will cause you to wonder what we do or would consider doing in the name of love. To highlight a few.......There is something about "Object Lesson" by Jason Brock. His tale of love and struggle reaches out and caresses our hearts and at the same time causes one to question just how far one would go for love. The ending leaves me shivering still!
"Invocation," written by Dan O' Bannon is a treasure of a tale and prepares the reader to board, "Gunboat Whores" by John Shirley. Just how much can one endure for love? I have to say though that of all the stories it's Melanie Tams' tale, "Best Friends" that will resonate with anyone who has lost a best friend to betrayal. Melanie's words capture the torment and anguish of loosing what is worse than losing a spouse, one's best friend. I was nodding my head as I read and thinking how Michelle in the story could easily have been my Molly.
"The Woods Colt" left one wondering just what did happen in that stairway of that old farmhouse in Virginia and why the old neighbor lady made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love. Being a long time fan of Earl Hammer and, "The Walton's" this story was a pleasant deviation from his usual stories on Virginia. I also happen to know that there exists in real life a pocket of true weirdness in that area of Virginia that seemed to be further exacerbated by the logging of the surrounding woods during the late 1990's.
For anyone who loves folklore "Catiwampus" by Melanie Tam's husband Steve Rasnic Tem, is a fascinating read, even down to the lingo! Sunni K. Brock explores death and the art of dying in, "Dying to Forget." Sunni depiction of the last minutes before the moment that is final, the forever moment, will alter your perceptions.
I wish I could write on each and every story in this anthology but I would be writing a novella instead of a review. It's the final story, Paul G. Bens Jr. story, "If You Love Me" that makes for a very powerful ending to this very power packed anthology! As much as I was impressed by the other stories in this collection it was Paul's story that I feel was the strongest and most poignant.
Well worth the investment and an awesome read! "Devil's Coattails" is a superb collection of tales, poems, and art that will touch your hearts and soul and will change your perceptions on love and life. I'm giving this a FIVE star rating!
Overall I enjoyed the book very much. There were very few stories I did not much care for but the majority of the stories were truly gems. A few favorites of mine include Ramsey Campbell's the Moon, Marc Scott Zicree's Knife Through the Veil, W. H. Pugmire's and Maryanne K. Snyder's the Hidden Realm, and If You Love Me by Paul G. Bens, Jr. This is an excellent collection of stories from remarkable authors.