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Monsters I Have Known: A Collection of Short Stories Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B073DR2YB4
- Publisher : Mad Muse Studio; 1st edition (June 26, 2017)
- Publication date : June 26, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3877 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 187 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0692913998
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,135 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It turns out that this friend has been up to a lot of really good writing, and getting better over time. Jess writes some of the most actually useful introductions I've ever read, laying out the circumstances in which each piece got written very clearly. So I got to catch up on aspects of this friend's life as well her work. Gotta like that.
There's a wide range of subjects, settings, and tones on display here: tightly focused moments of overwhelming horror, slices of life in the midst of supernatural activity that are as much weird fiction or urban fantasy as horror, highly evocative compact introductions to expansive settings. There are pieces written to help friends in need (Jess has always been quick and generous with her aid), showcases for particular game settings, contributions to themed anthologies, and stories that just are what they are.
This is a collection that very much stands on its own. If I'd encountered it while knowing nothing of the author, I'd regard the reading of it as time well spent. Definitely recommended.
JH is a multitasker who thrives in multiple environments, demonstrating a capability of telling each individual story that draws you in. As I wander through the pages in this book, I think about it having it read to me over a fire, roasting marshmallows, or curled up in a blanket with a loved one.
I recommend this book not just for the array of stories that lead you into her world, but because of the value of each and every story, and how it represents the characters that exist. I must say, that while I am a dedicated science fiction and fantasy fan, that my absolute favorite in this novel was "Santa Claws", a story that will be dog-eared by my table in years' end.
Jess pulls at the strings of the psyche to craft stories of the soul.
Blue Green Guilt is an absolute must-read for anyone living in our society. It has a gut-punch impact in less than three pages, with heart and pathos and an opponent who too often looms over our neighbors, and can seem invincible.
Other standouts include Stigmatized Property, set in the shared universe of Pinebox, Texas; and To Duty Sworn, tied into the shared universe of The Crimson Pact.
This isn't to say that Jess Hartley's standalone stories should be passed over, of course! The intro tale, Love Never Dies, will be of special interest to anyone who has been a victim of gaslighting in a relationship.
I was very pleased with the entire anthology and would recommend it to friends around the world.
It’s hard to pick which story I liked best, but the first one, Love Never Dies, was the longest. In this one, the main character finds herself walking up the beach to her house. Nothing feels right, but it’s only her and her husband. What could be wrong?
My favorite story was Immaterial Witness. Liz gives tours in Bisbee, Arizona, the most haunted town in America. She gets a chance to be on a podcast, but the slimy host has plans of his own. He wants all the dirt, but Liz has a big secret. She can see ghosts, and she’s not about to expose them to a third-rate journalist looking to exploit the dead. Really good story.
This month is a perfect time for this collection. You should totally check this one out.