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.
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.