This anthology is well-suited to welcoming new horror readers.
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Ryan C. Bradley's work has been featured in The Missouri Review, Dark Moon Digest, The Rumpus, and many other venues. He's a regular contributor to Cyn's Workshop and Wicked Horror. You can find out more about him here: http://ryancbradleyblog.wordpress.com.
Ghostlove will grab readers and keep them wrapt close, thanks to Mahoney’s conversational style. Between the forward momentum of the story and the easily digestible prose, this one is hard to put down.
The stories in Nine Bar Blues cover a range of genres: horror, magical realism, science fiction, and literary. Whether they have forward momentum or not, Thomas’s prose is reason enough to read.
Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows is a brilliant take on classic cosmic horror.
A compelling thriller that uses a familiar story frame to interrogate the way grief shapes our lives.
Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River is a free-floating thought experiment with loads of laughs.
Here are the three best books I read, followed by the others I keep thinking of long after I finished reading them.
-Ryan C. Bradley, Freelance Writer
Black Forest is a dream of death, a collage of vignettes and grounded, concrete observations counterpoint the dreaminess of the novel, breathing life into it.
Bogged down with bad stories and a misleading title, there is not a lot of Poe in here either, other than to joke about his alcoholism, the anthology is beating a dead horse.
Neil Christopher deftly puts the stories together without editorializing, allowing Inuit writers to tell their own stories about their own culture.