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- Print Length: 342 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1980332290
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- Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press (February 20, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B078TNLQZ4
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I'm reviewing on the strengths of the two stories I've read thus far. June's Perfection by Anne Skinner explores what is, in some sense, the banality of evil and what happens when an ordinary person is imbued with paranormal powers, and chooses to use them selfishly for the extension of one's own being, and how in time, the corruption grows so great that the choice to greedily take has become second nature, and the hints of regret do little to ameliorate. Well-done, but I personally would have preferred a slightly different ending.
J. Edward Neill's Let the Bodies is a perfect piece of creeping, atmospheric horror, combining a sense of inevitability with an almost fairy-tale mythic setting. If Skinner's tale was one of human evil, then Neill's provides a counterpoint of alien menace. The story itself is part of a series of interconnected tales collected in his novel, The Hecatomb definitely pick that one up to know more about this world and the horrific creatures who hunt their human prey within.
As someone who loves both Princess Froo Froo and Horror (i.e. Disney meets Hellraiser) I felt a very personal connection to What a Tiny World by Jeremy Rodden which has a great mix of dark/brooding meets chilling mystery under a whimsical backdrop . The author has managed to give the main character real depth in only a few pages so the reader feels invested. Being a short story the plot moves quickly but the story feels complete.
I recommend this collection for anyone who has an affinity for horror/creepiness - there is story in here for everyone!
UnCommon Evil is an anthology of 20 short stories that are fast-paced and well-written. It has a foreward: The Nature of Evil by P.K. Tyler, which is fantastic and offers a great lead-in to the rest of the stories. I was excited to read a couple of stories by familiar authors: A Handsome Man by Joriah Wood (haunting and intense) and Windikouk by Tausha Johnson (intriguing with a hint of humor), which did not disappoint. I was also happy to discover new authors in this anthology. My personal favorites include: The Midnight Visitor by Rose Strickman (dramatic and mystical), A Day with Uncle Addie by Joshua Ingle (subtle and surprising), The Well by John Haas (action-packed and dramatic), and Eye of the Beholder by R.A. Goli (intense and insightful). Overall, this anthology is a good read.
In “Sip the Dregs” by Rhoads Brazos, Maribelle clears out her grandmother’s home after her disappearance. No one knows what happened to her, but their suspicions are nowhere near as frightening as the truth. I’m not sure I understood this one, but it certainly had a lot of atmosphere.
In “Knobby Bones” by Jeremy Megargee, an aid worker in South Sudan attempts to uncover the truth behind the legend of Knobby Bones. What he finds is worse than anything he could have imagined. Truly disturbing.
In “Dark Cloud over Ladysmith” by Robert Allen Lupton, Martha and her friends struggle to defeat evil during a siege in the second Boer War. An interesting story, but the sentences are short and choppy.
In “A Handsome Man” by Joriah Wood, Brandy meets a handsome stranger at a party, and things take a very strange turn. Delightfully creepy.
In “June’s Perfection” by Anne Skinner, Laura escapes one unhealthy relationship only to enter another.
In “Mosaic” by Annetta Ribken, a visit to a psychiatric museum unleashes an artist’s muse with disturbing results. Short and well-crafted.
In “Let the Bodies” by J. Edward Neill, a person goes missing from her town every day. But what does Mia’s grandfather have to do with it?
In “An Old Family Recipe” by Caroline A. Gill, Charlotte seeks justice for her family when two of her sons are killed in an accident. A beautifully written, heartbreaking story.
In “Windikouk” by Tausha Johnson, Megan loves telling her little sister scary stories. But, in reality, the truth is stranger than any of her fictions. Suspenseful.
I look forward to reading the rest of the stories in this collection. It seems to include something that will appeal to every horror buff’s tastes.
I received this book in return for an honest review.