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Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives Paperback – March 1, 2011
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A former Army officer, speechwriter and professional bodyguard, Justin Gustainis is a college professor living in upstate New York. He is the author of The Hades Project (a semi-finalist for the 2003 Stoker award for Best First Novel), Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways and two forthcoming novels: Hard Spell and Sympathy for the Devil. He has also published a number of short stories, two of which won the Graverson Award for Horror in consecutive years. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
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For example, Justin Gustainis offered up a "Quincey Morris" story. Morris seems to be a descendant of Van Helsing with a Daniel Webster-like ability to break pacts with the devil. The story read quickly and set forth an interesting reality that warrants looking further into.
Another one was the "Black London" story by Caitlin Kittredge, which had gritty supernatural elements that reminded me of Green's Nightside. That seemed like one to check out.
Likewise, the "Detective Jessi Hardin" series by Carrie Vaughn might be interesting, as Detective Jessi Hardin follows up on the boys from Supernatural and learns that there is a supernatural element to crime that the legal system is not set up to guard against.
On the other hand, the "Sazi" story by Rachel Caine and the "Vampire Babylon" story by Chris Marie Green may have waived me off. There is something about the perfect love trope combined with bafflegab character-defining categories, coupled with the main character has really special abilities that are perfect when needed, that forfeits my interest in absorbing the features of the world. Of course, this is a matter of taste, and your mileage may vary.
I'm torn on Jackie Kessler's "Hell on Earth" story. On the one hand, the story was crisp and sharp. On the other hand, I'm not sure I want to be rooting for a succubis who wants to send people to Hell. Apparently this is a prequel to the series where the succubis escapes from Hell and gets a job as a stripper.
In short, this a good book for a quick set of stories and it might open the door to some enjoyable reading.
There are a few distressing typographical issues in this anthology that probably reflect poorly on the editing process rather than on the authors, but that's true of almost every anthology I've read recently, so I don't think this is specific to the editor at hand, but probably reflects the current flaws in the process of publishing anthologies.