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- Print Length: 134 pages
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- Publisher: Lex Talionis Books (September 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005M94EAQ
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There were some interesting stories here, but there was a violent thread throughout the collection that began to unsettle me. I do not care for the brutal horror elements and this anthology kept moving further and further in that direction. The violence toward women was particularly disturbing. Women nailed to tables, doctors strapping girls to tables, choking the "bitch" to death, and more started to bother me a great deal. Some of the stories even seemed written for the sole purpose of the violent action rather than any comprehensible narrative.
I would rather authors try and not quite make it rather than fall back on the cliché tropes, stereotypes, and weak plot devices we have all read elsewhere. This collection goes too far off the proverbial cliff however. In an attempt to be unique, some of the stories became plain old confusing. Combine this with the level of violence and splatter style horror, and it wasn't a collection I enjoyed. For the gore crowd, this might be a treat. For me, it was a turnoff. Weak plots, confusing tales, and excessive violence. Not my style.
Originally published at Horror Novel Reviews
The stories Figs, Periphery People, and Something Wrong were my favorites in this collection.
I love reading anthologies because it gives me a chance to discover new authors, and I think I'm going to check out more works by S.M. Reine and Sara Reinke in the near future.
Overall, I recommend this anthology. It was better than some recent anthologies I've been trying to get through.
Mark Lukens - Author of Ancient Enemy
For the most part, I'd say all good original stuff in HERE BE MONSTERS (An Anthology of Monster Tales). It's a respectable collection of shorts that should satisfy any horror buff... some within even worthy of further exploration on their own, a true novella or full novel perhaps? There's no doubt there are definitely some authors featured here that have some writing chops and this is a read I'd have no qualm about recommending to a friend. And, being that HERE BE MONSTERS is currently free through Kindle/Amazon; it's a deal not to be missed.
This is a fun collection of short stories, wonderfully written and professionally produced. The monsters that here be include vampires, werewolves, demons, aliens and a very disturbing spider. I hate to declare a favorite when all the stories are so good, but for sheer creepiness and a bad case of crawlies (I mean that in a good way), Spider Bag, by M. T. Murphy stands out.