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- Publisher: Guilty Conscience (September 25, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 25, 2012
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All of the stories in this anthology share their titles (but often little else) with well-known films like Unforgiven, Weekend at Bernie's, and From Here to Eternity. Luca Veste, one of the project's editors, contributed the heartbreaking "Goodfellas," while "Silver Dream Racer" by co-editor Paul D. Brazill has convinced me to stay off the streets after dark. Other personal favorites are A.J. Hayes' "Dead Man" (sparse, wry and brutal) and "The Graduate" by Eric Beetner (tense, clever and brutal).
Full disclosure: I am one of the contributors to this anthology. Despite that, it's a terrific collection.
Most of the writings are by British writers, who give a UK feel to their world. Those of you who are Cockney impaired may want to brush up by watching The Crew, or some of the new British crime movies. I've watched too many licorice movies over the years. Ditto with reading British authors. Sometimes I want to call the swamps around my borough "The Moors".
It's difficult to pick the best ones out of such an esteemed collection, but here are my favorites:
David Jackson's "The Time Machine" begins as an amusing tale of a young boy meeting a door-to-door salesman. After the salesman fails at his initial pitch, the boy wants to know what he is selling that's special. The salesman has time for sale and the boy buys all he can afford. But he gets more time than needed. The ending had a very bittersweet feel.
Richard Godwin's "Once Upon A Time In The West" is one of the few stories to link to the movie of the same title. He examines the mind of Harmonica, the character played by Charles Bronson in the original film. This is a very fascinating idea as Harmonica had very few lines in the movie.
I choose Patti Abbot's "Mermaids" as a favorite because it takes place one county over from where I live. There is a famous park known as "Mermaid Lake" many companies have their annual picnics. Abbot's story concerns three young women who hitchhike their way up to the park after cutting school. The ending is very creepy and could be the start of a horror novel.
It would take me more space than I can devote to praise all of these tales. There are 47 short stories in this collection! Do purchase the book. And the money is for a good cause.