States of Terror Vol.1 (Volume 1) Paperback – November 7, 2014
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 150 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692317287
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692317280
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.38 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Ayahuasca Publishing; 1st edition (November 7, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,662,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an entertaining collection of stories based on local legends from all over the United States. It covers everything from the Fouke monster of Arkansas to La Llorona in New Mexico to the Jersey Devil. Like with any collection, some stories are better than others, but overall this is a pretty solid set of tales.
My favorites include:
High Desert Climate by Ryan Bradford. Based on the legend of Utah's Skinwalker Ranch, this was probably the only legitimately creepy story in the collection, and it was truly unnerving ing. This surreal tale of a couple who fall victim to a bizarre fate while on a hiking trip had a couple of legitimately spine tingling moments, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Bradford's work.
A Mythical Terrestrial Cetacean As Deux Ex Machina Or, Dave McCormick Finally Gets What's Coming to Him by Matt E. Lewis was a clever tale of a punk band and their off-kilter substitute drummer encountering a man eating leviathan in the Colorado woods. This story, based on the legend of the Slide Rock Bolter, was more amusing than scary, but I really enjoyed the characters and Lewis's writing style.
Somewhere Between a Cast Station and the American Frontier by Keith McCleary was another more amusing than frightening story, but I loved it. A weird tale of "self-actualization" based on Nebraska history and the legend of phantom kangaroos, this one was silly in the best possible way.
River Run by Tina Hyland was a creepy wendigo tale set in Minnesota. In the story, a couple gets lost in the woods. Once they run out of food, the boyfriend undergoes a sinister transformation. Wendigo legend is fascinating to me, and this story, although brief, captures the inherent creepiness of the spirit/creature.
When You've Seen Beyond by Ed Farragut is a touching, if too brief, tale of friendship based on the legend of Massachusett's Dover Demon. I enjoyed the relationship of the two main characters and the brief bits we see of Jane's dreams.
The only story that really didn't work for me in the collection was A Little Temple by Kiik A.K. which bore little relation to the legend of Tennessee's Bell Witch it was supposedly based on.
One major plus to this collection is the incredible artwork by various different artists that accompany every story.
I will definitely be checking out the later books in this series.