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- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (October 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G1MBNXE
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"CrystalLake Publishing is known for releasing great horror and this new anthology,edited by the dark heart of Joe Mynhardt, is no exception. Though death (or thefear of it) is an integral part of any horror story, this collection takes itto another level by focusing on death him/herself."- Mass Movement Magazine
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It seems as if most of the better stories were in the first half of the anthology. The ones that stood out to me in particular were The Life of Death by Marc Sheldon, which opened the anthology. It was followed up by a darkly humorous tale by Jeff Strand—and you can never go wrong with anything by Jeff Strand. I also enjoyed Rena Mason’s story. The Death Catcher by Robert S. Wilson stood out. Cedo Looked Like People was an odd but captivating tale. Then there were some that missed the mark, which I won’t go over in this review, but clearly the good outweighed the bad, and overall I give this anthology a thumbs up. There’s a lot to like in here if you like to dip into the macabre.
Carl Alves - author of Battle of the Soul
Good mainstream horror anthology, worth owning.
1.) "Stumps" - Jeff Strand: Darkly funny story about a man who seeks immortality and finds it.
2.) "Death Squared" - Rena Mason: Two boys' friendship is tested when they visit a death site and encounter something more than ghosts. The scenes will be familiar to those well-versed in ghost works, but the writing is fun and solid.
3.) "The Death Catcher" - Robert S. Wilson: Especially well-written and real-world plausible (within the context of this work) tale about a man whose ability to resurrect the dying brings heartache as well as relief.
4.) "Cedo Looked Like People" - E.C. McMullen Jr.: A boy's strange next door night- and day-divided neighbors make for equally strange - and later disturbing - friendships. This Ray Bradbury-esque is one of the most memorable and one of the more original stories I've read in a long time.
5.) "The Tubes" - Jeremy C. Shipp: This is one of my favorite works in this anthology. In a not-quite-bizarro science fictional world, death's dominion is political. Like the preceding story, this one is memorable.
6.) "A Life in Five Objects" - Ross Warren: An interview involving the titular five objects takes a surprising turn. Good read, entertaining.
7.) "The Last Resort" - Sam Stone: Solid, plot-twisty piece about a man (Charlie), dying of cancer, whose eyes are opened to certain untimely revelations.
8.) "Der Engel der Liebe" - Dean M Drinkel: This story reads like a mid-Sixties to early Seventies Hammer film, with its ritualistic murder, sadism and blasphemous-religious elements. It's predictable, aside from a Hammer-esque tale-expansive twist at the end, but this well-written work is all about enjoying the ride not the destination.
9.) "The Final Peace" - Gary Fry: A man, mourning his recently deceased wife and fearful for their offspring, goes to the fair with his too-curious-for-his-comfort children. Well-written tale, with an effective, grief-realistic tone and a finish that made me smile.
10.) "Do No Harm" - Joe C. McKinney: Provocative, memorable work about a doctor (Turner) who's forced to help a group of creatures - who prey on mankind - conquer a disease that's held them in check. One of my favorite stories in this collection.
Fear the Reaper is a very ambiguous anthology: you have your usual horror thrills and chills to look forward to, don’t worry, but hidden between the lines is some surprisingly deep themes.
There’s also a lot of variety to look forward to.
All in all, I liked it. I liked the cover art. I enjoyed the stories. I loved reading between the lines in search of that ambiguous meaning/theme (I do that for some weird reason). Basically, I think it’s a wonderful horror anthology to chill to, and if you’re in the mood to have your blood run cold, then you should definitely pick it up.
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All in all I was very impressed with all the authors involved in this book....each story has it's own unique take on the 'Reaper' and each author manages to inject so much 'creepiness' into their stories.
I can highly recommend this book to hope there is another anthology to come at some stage in the very near future :)