Thursday, June 27, 2013

From the Shadow Anthology Book Review

From the Shadows
Title: From the Shadows 
Author: Numerous
Publisher: Triad 
Date Published: February 13, 2008 
Pages: 276 pages

About the Book

Embrace the darkness in this collection of stories from thirteen authors of contemporary horror. From vampires and werewolves to serial killers and supernatural places, From the Shadows will take you to a world that will frighten and delight your senses. Stories by: Jumpers (Norm Applegate), Eleven (Rebecca Benston), Night Whispers (Kathy Blaylock), The Slasher (E.W. Bradfute), A Dark Secret (April Campbell), Killing Time(Kevin Lucia), The Wooden Box (Thomas McReynolds), The Town (T.M. Mason), Blood Alley (Yvonne Mason), The Artist (Kevin Morrison), Destiny (Fran Orenstein), Bloody Mary's Sister (Sage Sinclair) and The Freeway Reaper (Nicholas Grabowsky).

My Review

 I don’t read a lot of short stories. I used to, but seem to have gotten out of the habit and I am not really sure why. So, when I had the opportunity to review this collection I jumped at the chance. I was thrilled, first and foremost, because it was my favorite genre, horror. But the other thing that is so intriguing about the world of short stories is that even if the story isn’t that great, it is over with quickly and you are on to another one. Thankfully I didn’t have to worry about that this time.

This book consists of 13 scary tales…how appropriate. I have been fortunate enough to read and review books by two of the authors in the collection – Norm Applegate and Fran Orenstein. And I was pleasantly surprised at the other talent that was exhibited in the other stories as well. This collection will appeal to everyone’s fears, whether it is superstitions, vampires, cults, werewolves, or madness that lives only within your head. I am not sure if I would be able to pick a favorite, and even if I did I am sure if I read them again it would change. The Artist by Kevin Morrison reminded me of an old Vincent Price movie that if I saw it today would still scare me. The Wooden Box by Thomas McReynolds delves into madness which starts at a Grandfather’s funeral and spirals out of control. Jumpers by Norm Applegate ponders the questions, what would you wish for if you were given the opportunity? And would you use it wisely if you found out it came true? These are just some of the great stories told here. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good scare – some truly chilling and some just hinting at the terror, letting your imagination take you over the threshold and beyond. I look forward to reading some more by some of the authors included here. Great job to all of you!

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