Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Edited by Brian James Freeman ★★★ This is an anthology of five stories, all centred around Halloween: The Way Lost, by Kelley Armstrong; La Calavera, by Kate Maruyama; The Devil’s Due, by Michael McBride; A Thousand Rooms of Darkness, by Taylor Grant; and, The Last Night of October, by Greg Chapman. I’ve already read and…… Continue reading Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Dark Screams: Vol. 9

Edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar ★★★ This ninth volume of the Dark Screams anthology series offers a collection of six stories from different authors. This is very much a mixed bag, and is worth reading for three of the tales, while the other three are relatively weak. The stories included are:Kelley Armstrong…… Continue reading Dark Screams: Vol. 9

Urban Enemies

Edited by Joseph Nassise ★★★ Anthologies are a wonderful way to find ‘new’ authors, and are a bit like a day trip. You get to dip into new worlds, have a quick look around, and decide if you’d like to return for a proper holiday. Sometimes all the authors are unknown to you, other times…… Continue reading Urban Enemies

Trying to Live Happily Ever After

Clive Lilwall ★ Trying to Live Happily Ever After is a shortish anthology containing 17 very short stories which aim to give an update and twist on old fairy tales and fables.  Drawing from the works of such luminaries as Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, Lilwall had a rich vein of stories…… Continue reading Trying to Live Happily Ever After

Forgotten Ones

Edited by A. Robertson-Webb & M. River ★★ Forgotten Ones is a collection of more than two hundred tales, stories of the old gods, fabulous creatures and a cornucopia of beings from myths and legends all over the world. Two hundred stories in a single book? Surely not, the book would be enormous! Ah, but…… Continue reading Forgotten Ones

The Neighbour’s Cat

J.S. Ellis ★★★ In the short story The Neighbour’s Cat, Ellis introduces us to Theodore, a little black-and-white cat who just so happens to be owned by a serial killer. Theodore’s owner develops a worrying fixation with the married woman living in the opposite house leaving the cat, fearing for her life, no option but…… Continue reading The Neighbour’s Cat