- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: JournalStone (April 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936564521
- ISBN-13: 978-1936564521
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Limbus, Inc. Paperback – April 26, 2013
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Publishers Weekly - "This shared-world anthology about a mysterious metaphysical employment agency is pleasingly consistent in tone. The execution and intriguing theme leave the reader wanting more."
"Limbus, Inc. is a brilliant concept that lets writers share a world while allowing their imaginations free rein. Ethridge, Mayberry, Nassise, Petty, and Talley take full advantage of all that creative elbow room and serve up some tasty stories. Do not miss this." - F. Paul Wilson
"Get street level in crazy town. Limbus, Inc. finds a new kind of noir." - Weston Ochse, author of Seal Team 666.
"I can honestly say that all of the stories in Limbus, Inc. were riveting - to the point of being mesmerizing. If you are looking for an anthology that is truly different from the run of the mill, and one that takes itself seriously enough to commission the best tales from its first class authors, then I highly recommend you pick up Limbus, Inc." - TT Zuma - HorrorWorld.com For the full review at HorrorWorld.com please click on the link here horrorworld.org/hw/2013/02/limbus-inc/
"In this initial volume of a shared-world anthology, five authors provide their takes on one-of-a kind jobs that are not always survivable. VERDICT: Though the employment agency frame might not seem compelling, the stories cut to the heart of sf, fantasy, and horror." --Library Journal
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"Limbus, Inc. is one of the strangest, creepiest things I've read in a long time. Guaranteed to send all you conspiracy theorists out there into paroxysms of paranoid delight! Well, you did warn us." - Brian Knight, author of The Phoenix Girls, Book 1: The Conjuring Glass
"It's an inventive piece of fiction that will haunt your dreams forever." And remember, always read the fine print." - Betsy A. Riley, HorrorZine
"The five novellas in Limbus, Inc. are the kind of horror fiction I love most: Smart, scary, funny, edgy, melancholy, and set in a world I recognize all too well. The most frightening elements here aren't alien princesses with insatiable appetites, ancient murder cults, or shapeshifting assassins, but desperation, hunger, neverending wars, and a wealthy class all too eager to prey on the rest of us. Limbus, Inc. isn't just kickass - it's five kinds of kickass." - Lisa Morton, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Castle of Los Angeles
"Limbus, Inc. is the best shared world anthology I've come across in the last twenty years. It was absolutely outstanding - five perfect stories from five of the top names in the business. Even the best shared world anthologies can, at times, play a little fast and loose with continuity, but not so Limbus, Inc. Editor Anne C. Petty has put together such a flexible, yet finely realized world here that the five voices she's brought together sound like a choir warmed up in hell. This book is going to set the bar for shared world anthologies for a long time to come. Mark my words." - Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance
"An infinity of Earths and an infinity of possibilities...all connected by a single shadowy entity--Limbus, Inc. Their goal: to match the person to the job, regardless of where that job might lead in time and space. The result: aliens, ancient gods, and characters with secrets too dark to be revealed but too dangerous to keep hidden. Too large for a single volume, the tales of Limbus, Inc., explore worlds of the imagination. And far beyond. But beware! Like so many good things, the stories of Limbus, Inc., can be addicting. One is just not enough. For those of us who welcome the obsession to excellent storytelling, there is an entire volume...and more to come." - Dr. Michael R. Collings
"Five excellent authors. Five wonderful stories. Slaughterers and robot emissaries. Slave traders and monsters. Welcome to the amazing multiverse of Limbus, Inc." - Allyson Bird, Author
"Each author from Ethridge to Nassise, from Petty to Mayberry is diverse in their expertise yet share a common bond. Their gift for conjuring a sense of intrigue, manifested with rising tension of the unknown and where our protagonists will ultimately end up is unprecedented in today's contemporary horror fiction realm. We devour each of the authors' words at break neck speed with an appetite of digesting more and more of what's served up on the paranormal menu. " - Rick O'Shea, MoreHorror.com
"Listen up, fans. Limbus, Inc. is a delight. Remember all those alternate universes suggested by classics such as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone? Turns out they're for real. Only one sinister corporation controls all of the entrances-and there are no exits." - Harry Shannon, Stoker nominated author of Dead and Gone and The Hungry
"Limbus Inc is a great anthology which really gets into what some people fear most. Which is the idea of what your willing to do to support yourself. It then shows you that there are even worse things to be afraid of. Limbus Inc is a great book for Science fiction and horror fans alike." - HorrorAddicts.com
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When I first read the summary of what the book was about before purchasing it I didn't realize that it was an anthology. I was expecting one writer telling small stories that somehow fit together or intertwined in a "this story leads to the next" sort of way. But really it's a compilation of separate stories written by different authors with one fundamental link... Limbus, Inc. and their shady employment practices.
Limbus, Inc. the shady employment agency that seeks out the down and out and desperate with their suspect business cards and their motto of "We Employ". Remember the saying "'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." well that is what Limbus, Inc is all about; Selling the desperate some hope for what sounds to be too good to be true employment and in most cases it certainly is without a doubt.
The book is not as disturbing as that of Stephen King's book 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes', I still have nightmares about some of those stories, but Limbus Inc. sure knows how to make you feel the creep factor. If you are into stories that are a bit weird, unfathomable, fantastical, and down right twisted then Limbus Inc. is for you.
Firstly, this should not be classified as a horror anthology. Going in with that mind-set is likely to evoke disappointment as this one is more sci-fi than it is a thriller or a horror - though it certainly contains enough elements of these as well. Hell, there are even a number of comedic moments spread through a number of the tales, so if you were prepared to stretch, you could add comedy to that lengthening list of genres. As such, some of the stories are bound to appeal to each reader more than others. Those with a preference for sci-fi will likely enjoy Ethridges's lead-off tale, The Slaughter Man, as well as Nassise's One Job Too Many and Petty's We Employ. By contrast, those whose boats are floated by horrors or thrillers will likely be more satisfied with Talley's The Sacrifice and Maberry's Strip Search.
It would be a disservice to talk about the plot of any of these stories in any detail, as a large portion of the book's success relies upon not really knowing what you're in for. Instead, I'll keep it very generic to note that Maberry's was by far my favourite story, ending this anthology on a huge high with a knockout final punch that dragged my overall rating into the four-star range, with just a bit of help from Nassise's contribution. The others I enjoyed less for varying reasons (We Employ was too weird for my tastes; The Sacrifice too predictable; The Slaughter Man too convoluted for an opening story about the recruitment agency), but all were middling to decent.
In short, it's always good to read something a little different, and Limbus, Inc. certainly falls into such a category. Pick it up for this reason and be prepared to tape your socks to your legs ahead of the last tale!
4 Right People for the Job for Limbus, Inc.
[Fine Print: This review is not like other reviews, as more detail and feedback would be appropriate. However, this isn’t other reviews. This is LIMBUS INC. If you do not wish to read these stories that are most definitely in your wheelhouse of literature, that is your choice to make. Besides, further details regarding LIMBUS INC.’s five former employees’ *alleged* experiences with the respective company is not important at this time.]
The ball is in your court, potential reader. If you are reading this, you know it’s because the book found you – one should hope you’d figured that much out, no? So why wait. Join the rest. Who knows...maybe some day you’ll have MY job, and you will be recruiting – er...writing reviews online, ahem...
I have always been a fan of anthologies and I enjoyed this one a lot. The stories are a mix of horror and sci-fi and each one is unique to their writer. I found each one pulling me in and I stayed up late trying to finish this book as fast as I could.
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A bit disjointed and unconnected. Good thing I never stop reading once I start a new book. Not sure I will pick up book 2 right away.