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Evil Jester Digest, Volume 2 by [Newstein, Holly, Wallace, Amy, Zelazny, Trent, Palisano, John, Kelley, Jon Michael , Gunnells, Mark Allan, O'Neill, Gene, McCaffery, Simon, Waggoner, Tim]
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  • File Size: 3059 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press (November 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADVLLGI
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Let me start by saying that I read a lot of anthologies. Some are good, some not so good. This one is excellent. Every single story packs a punch - there is not a weak piece in the lot. Among the not-to-be-missed stories include a brilliant fairy tale by Eric J. Guignard, not one, but two, fantastic pieces from Trent Zelazny, and a well-crafted cinematic tale by Scott Bradley. A great effort by all involved.
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Most anthologies leave me with very mixed feelings; I'll like a couple of the stories, a couple will be awful, the rest are just blah. This one surprised me; I thought all twelve stories in it were good. There are some very unique ones in the group and the stories don't rely on just gore for their horror. There are some zombie stories, of course- can't have horror these days without zombies- but they have refreshing takes on zombies. There is even a zombie fairy tale! Definitely worth reading if you want some better than average horror fiction.
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I don't know what it is about horror and short stories, but they go so well together! This was a great collection that I read in one night just because I couldn't put it down. Creepy and spooky and gory. Loved it. I am going to have to pick up volume 1 from Evil Jester.
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The first Evil Jester Digest was a great collection of horror! Macabre, little gore, and enough creepiness to keep you awake for days, I loved it. When I came across Volume Two, I knew I was in for a treat and the little clown did not let me down.

The collection opens with a fantastic tale from Tim Waggoner. Anyone who has ever been the scapegoat in high school will relate to this disturbing tale of revenge, living in the past, and accepting the present (both good and bad). An excellent start! Holly Newstein's "Kristall Tag" is a great look at post-war Germany and the triumph from tragedy. Gene O'Neill's "Coyote Gambit" was a heartbreaking one. Even the zombie, post-apocalypse tales work in this one and I figured those two for well over in the horror genre.

For some reason (and it might just be my Cloud reader), the formatting was a bit rough. Font size and spacing changed radically every now and then. A minor flaw in a great collection trust me.
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In my opinion, independent press anthologies are a wonderful read. They offer a wide range of authors, many of whom you may not be familiar with or have only seen in passing. Evil Jester Digest, Volume Two is one such collection. While there are prominent names in horror, including Tim Waggoner and Holly Newstein, there are a host of others just as good lurking in the pages here.

The stories here are not the standard slasher/ splatter horror fare. The gore is minimal and the suspense is intense. Waggoner opens the collection with a disturbing look at a man driven by the past, of which he cannot escape. The story is not only great horror, but also a reflection on the long-term impact of the high school bully and his cronies. Where do those scapegoat kids go and who do they become? Waggoner's answer will chill you to the bone. The stories include a wonderful post-World War II tale from Newstein and a painful look at abuse and justice from Gene O'Neill. The authors here resisted the urge to slip into the cliché and avoided the traditional serial killer gorefests. They instead looked into the dark, shadowy places in ourselves to find the horror that resides within us. Even the more traditional "monster" tales of zombies and vampires feel fresh and take on different, challenging perspectives.

This is a great collection for not only an introduction to established authors, but also for discovering some new, fresh talent out there. There's some real talent here and I'm looking forward to plunging into a few novels from this bunch! As with any anthology, it does come down to taste. Zombie fans may be disappointed that there's not more brain-crunching, but the fans out there looking for more tension than guts will be pleased. Read this one with the lights on!
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Here is an anthology of excellent dark genre fiction that is one lean, mean terror machine. When you rip into these stories, dear reader, these stories will rip right back into you. Authors hand-selected by the editor contribute stories of suspense and mayhem that jump right into your brain. Tim Waggoner starts off with scary tale of high school acquaintances being chased by shadowy entities; Eric J. Guignard imagines famous fairytale characters--and zombies; Scott Bradley tells of a man dying for a good time in Amsterdam; Trent Zelazny goes deep noir and vehicular deadly in two separate and distinct stories; John Palisano takes us on a bloody tour of Mexico; Holly Newstein creates a goosebump-inducing post-WWII hellscape; John Michael Kelley brings on the chills with his tale of a man with a mysterious, prescient tattoo on his chest; Simon McCaffery envisions alternate states of reality; Gene O'Neill designs a dangerous post-apocalyptic world filled with predators, and Amy Wallace kicks the door shut with short and nasty take on some serious barfly antics. Although this is a non-themed anthology, the editor has chosen tales that pull this volume together as a powerful, unsettling whole. Hard driving and crafted to rattle spines, Evil Jester Digest's second volume will thrill fans of dark fiction.
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