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What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine Paperback – September 13, 2011
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Here we have fiction by Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton, Elizabeth Massie (who doesn't love her), Melanie Tem, Scott Nicholson, Ron Malfi (who can forget his novel SNOW), Conrad Williams and more, all in one book!
But as good as these best-sellering authors are, I am amazed by the talent of the unknowns, or should I say, the lesser-knowns. Christian A. Larsen's "Bast" is a truly frightening story about an angry cat. "A Bad Stretch of Road" by Dean H. Wild would make me afraid to drive on lonely highways. Jagjiwan Sohal's "Wandering Daniel" is a unique perspective on vampires, not done before, if you can believe that. "Smith Street" by Stephen Dare resembles something from Stephen King. "Methods of Divorce" by Philip Roberts has a fresh take on monsters. "The Product" by Bruce Memblatt and "Adelle's Night" by David K. Ginn are both extremely clever and surprising. And editor Jeani Rector gives us the ghost story titled "The House on Henley Way." All-in-all, there are over 30 stories packed in this meaty book.
There is some poetry in WHAT FEARS BECOME, and did you know that Joe R. Lansdale writes poetry? It's in this book, along with his fiction piece "Fish Night."
And then you have some very nice artwork interspaced throughout the book, all black and white, except for the strikingly scary cover, which is in color.
This is a really good book, packed with best-selling authors, and also packed with very effective scares. I highly recommend WHAT FEARS BECOME to anyone who enjoys horror, mystery, sci-fi and suspense. This book has it all.
Whatever it is that starts our rather international and multicultural fascination with scary stories the authors of these stories and poems are in touch with that. Some of the stories contain a rather bizarre sick humor while others slog into treacherous climes that make us fear quicksand or death by other means equally as treacherous. How Rector decided to align these tales is anyone's guess, but whatever the evil force that inspired her to paste these moments together - works! Some of the stories are long, some very brief. Some are interspersed with black and white line drawings and illustrations by nine artists (very talented ones at that) and there is also a section of poetry. A little sample by Australian born American poet John Grey:
Its outer limbs
against the shake
of its dead leaves
as if a body had
just been cut down
and it wasn't until
late May that
the reluctant sun
finally burnt off
the thick chunks of ice
its vein-like roots.Read more ›
Quickly scanning the article for details of What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine, I soon learned that Piers Anthony and Bentley Little, two of my favorite writers, are featured in it. Those horror masters deliver creepy twists and turns that make your eyes bleed...a true test of deep-rooted genius.
Reading on, I learned that another of my favorite authors Cheryl Kaye Tardif--although newer than the others--is also featured in this book. That's when I knew I had to grab a copy!
Thank God, with the Kindle I could start reading right away! And Wow--I was treated to the most weird, creepy, frightening tales imaginable; stories that would make Edgar Allan Poe turn over in his grave. I felt like I was in my own private Twilight Zone (with spooks creeping up on me from every side) as I gripped my e-Reader so hard I thought it might shatter like the bodies of so many of the characters in these dark fantasies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What more could I say that the other reviews don't except, if you love horror, get this book. It's not just the names but the voices within that grab you and don't let go as you... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Michael Randolph
Jeani Rector is know by many as the driving force and editor of "The Horror Zine." Jeani is also an established author in her own right. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Morgana Phenix
Very entertaining and fun - served the purpose of an enjoyable read to pick up and read when I had timePublished on November 18, 2012 by A. Lott
There were quite a few stories that I really enjoyed in this book. There were a couple that I skipped through because they weren't getting anywhere, but I have to say that overall... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by snoops13
I must say...there's not a single story in this book that is remotely scary. Almost all the stories bored me to tears.Published on April 30, 2012 by discoducknc
Some great stories that evoke an alternate experience, some kooky, but generally a pretty good collection. I am now reading the second anthology and that is fantastic so far.Published on February 25, 2012 by C. Bierdrager
What Fears Become, An Anthology from The Horror Zine
Edited by Jeani Rector
Imajin Books, Aug. 2011
Ebook $4. Read more
Thirty years ago, anthologies started introducing themselves to the market as away for new writers to be discovered, especially in the horror and dark fiction genre. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Jeani Rector