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Night Terrors II: An Anthology of Horror Paperback – January 11, 2012
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I'll be concentrating on reviewing Halloween themed book thru the month of October for the second year running so feel free to "see all my reviews" most recently if you're of a like mind and am looking for some spooky stuff this time of year.
"Darkly Dreaming in Black Waters" by Jason Andrew was one of my favorite stories in this anthology. Definitely modern Lovecraftian but the setting (captured WWII German submarine) left me in the mind of Rod Serling's old Twilight Zone series. I'm sure I'll be coming back to this story again and again.
"A Mother's Love" by John Peters just blew me away. Such vivid imagery. Mother pulling her child out of the pumpkin. A metaphor for giving birth? The ending took my breath away.
"Somebody's Daughter" by Angela Bodine was another stand-out. People do some pretty crazy things to their bodies in the name of fashion / for the sake of publicity. For example, the man who recently set the Guinness Book of World Records for getting 1,200 piercings done all at once. "Somebody's Daughter" is a story of bizarre body modification that really sets the gears turning. How far will people go? One mother is about to find out... Can't wait to read more from Angela.
I will keep this anthology in my Kindle collection, as I plan to read this again and again. I would recommend this book to my friends, especially friends that are fans of Death Metal music and Horror film. The monsters and madmen contained in this volume are satisfactory inspiration for the insane imagination.
Bottom line? I wasn't *not* expecting anything, but I wasn't *expecting* anything, either...but, by the time I'd finished blazing through full previews by Desmond Warzel, John Peters, and the maddeningly taunting half-preview by Madhvi Ramani, I couldn't click 'order' quickly enough.
I was sucked in.
I wish I had time to indivually summarize each story, but that would entail *at least* a full week's worth of agonizing. Instead, I invite you to take my word for it: if you love horror fiction (even you, thou most jaded of horror buffs!), there's something--probably numerous *somethings,* given the size of this collection--here for every taste. Serial killers? Check. Psychological horror? Check. Slasher? Check. Outstanding writing? Yes, even that, and the list goes on and on. Granted, as with any collection, some stories are better than others, but I GUARANTEE you will be entertained.
With 28 stories and almost 250 pages, that is a LOT of bang for your three Kindle bucks--hell, I'd even recommend springing for the paperback. The only thing that could've made this read more enjoyable would've been the ability to read it like a book is best read: in the pulp, well-worn, well-waterspotted, and without burning its own shape into my lap for hours on end. ;D
Seriously. Get this one. I can't imagine anything more enjoyable on these chilly-ish winter nights than to lose oneself in a world of well-crafted horror and hideosity like this one.