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Top Customer Reviews
With so many stories written by truly gifted writers who know how to capture a reader’s attention, it’s hard to say which story was my favorite. Each one brings its own flavor to the anthology in its own way…each had its own specialness that told a story…uniquely its own.
This is definitely an amazing collection that anyone who enjoys stories of witches or anyone for that matter that loves to read a well written story should add to their library.
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The tales of Wrapped in Black span from the Inquisition to a dark and gritty future and range from dying farmland in middle-America to seemingly typical sprawling suburbs. There I found witches trashy, wicked, and wise whom I loved, hated, and pitied.
In "Unto the Earth," Patrick C. Greene reminded me that the worst revenge is sometimes the one we inflict on ourselves. Rose Blackthorn created a lovely and dark dystopia in "Beautiful, Broken Things." Mike Lester's "Not This Time" left me wondering through to the end and beyond.
I seldom give 5 stars to an anthology because there are inevitably some unpalatable stories in them. This one I loved from start to finish. The worst story in it was still an exciting read.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked it enough to order and pay for a paperback copy as well.
Wrapped in Black opens with my favorite, Gordon White’s transgressive fiction, “Hair Shirt Drag,” that turns dark real quick, then gets vantablack with its ending. Afterwards, the stories weave and dance through a crazy spectrum of horror dotted with humor, romance, and many uncomfortable moments.
Patrick Greene’s use of light-and-sexy to ultraviolence extremes in “Unto the Earth” makes for a fun bipolar trip with perhaps the creepiest denouement of the collection.
Rose Blackthorn’s “Beautiful, Broken Things” is the deepest of these, and captures the Romanticism of E.A. Poe in a dystopian future.
James Glass’s well-executed, profane flip of a classic conjuring in “The Rising Son” adds disturbing historical realism and also ties in with his Metatron series, though much darker.
Allison Dickson’s “Number One Angel” showcases her art of violating her readers’ comfort zones while holding their hands as she escalates from one intense moment to the next.
But for me, one of the best twists of this Wrapped volume came from Michael G. Williams’ “Stories I Tell Girls,” not only a wonderful and creative spin on the magic of reading, but a perfect resolution to Mr. Williams’ “Daddy Used To Drink Too Much” from Wrapped in Red.
Admittedly, I am passing over some stories, but this is by no means indicative of their quality so much as a word limit for reviewing purposes, and rest assured, by the time you finish Aaron Gudmunson’s “Pig Roast,” you’ll have a whole new outlook on witchcraft and dinner. Every story within this collection is at least a 4-star stand-alone, with the incredible assembly and editing easily pushing it to 5-stars overall.