Review: Datlow’s Alien Sex, Sirens anthologies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 320pp. USD $7.99. ASIN: B009193KBC.

Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 286pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193LT8.

Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 436pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193KQC.

One of the joys of e-books is the ability to get …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Datlow’s Alien Sex, Sirens anthologies

Review: The Shadow of the Unknown

By Orrin Grey

French, A.J., ed. The Shadow of the Unknown. Static Movement, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN 978-1617061448.

There’s no shortage of Lovecraftian anthologies on the market these days. (They may not quite outnumber zombie-themed anthologies, but, then again, who can keep track?) So, any new one that does arrive has the job right away of trying to distinguish itself from the eldritch pack. Many take the route of some more specific sub-theme, or of mixing Lovecraftian elements and …

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Review: Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror

By Sarah Hans

Valentinelli, Monica. Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror. FR Press (October 2011).
Ebook: USD $4.99.

Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror is the editorial debut of rpg and horror writer Monica Valentinelli. The cover is slick and professional, and promises stories by reasonably well-known names in spec-fic like Alex Bledsoe, Jason Sizemore and Chuck Wendig.

The book opens with an introduction by Jaeson K. Jrakman, a real-life ghost hunter. Ordinarily, I read a few lines and …

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Review: Wild Justice

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Wild Justice. Ash Tree Press, 2012. USD $8.99, Kindle Edition.

This anthology and I have a history. I originally read it when it was called Lethal Kisses and released by a UK press (Though it never seemed to make its way to the U.S., it did make its way to Canada, where I found a library copy). Lethal Kisses was probably distinguished from other Datlow anthologies I’ve read due to the high level …

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Review: Blood and Other Cravings

By Amanda J. Spedding

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Blood and Other Cravings. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2011. USD $25.99 (hardcover), USD $12.99 (ebook). ISBN: 978-7653-2828-1.

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow stopped by Innsmouth Free Press recently to talk about her latest anthology – Blood and Other Cravings –  and her inspiration behind the collection, plus her views on vampires and their current trend. Now, Amanda Spedding reviews the anthology. 

Blood and Other Cravings contains 17 stories of all things …

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Review: Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears

By Amanda J. Spedding

Young, Marty and Challis, Angela, eds. Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears. Paperback. Brimstone Press (2010). ISBN: 9780980567748.

When I began reading Macabre, I didn’t set out to review it. As a current committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association – and with one of the editors, Marty Young, being the outgoing president of the association – I figured there’d be a conflict of interest or cries of bias, but midway through …

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Historical Lovecraft: Free Sample

They come. From across time and the world, 26 tales of horror. Stalin’s Russia, 10th century Rome and Neolithic Mesopotamia are just some of the backdrops before which madness and history collide.

Today, we bring you a sample story from the anthology Historical Lovecraft. Set in Ancient Egypt, “If Only to Taste Her Again” is a short, sweet bite of danger in Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s court. Author E. Catherine Tobler’s short fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Realms of

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Historical Lovecraft: Early PDF Review Copies

Historical Lovecraft, featuring 26 stories of horror through time, will be released on April 20. A limited number of print review copies will be sent out next month. However, we are offering you a chance to read a PDF version of it in advance.

Bloggers or reviewers interested in obtaining PDF copies should contact us and indicate the blog or website where the review would appear.

Historical Lovecraft is divided into three sections: Ancient History, Middle Ages and Modern …

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Review: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – Best of Horror V2

By Amanda J. Spedding

Bathory, Juliet; Farrugia, Mark, eds. Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine: Best of Horror Volume 2. Cover Art: David Schembri. Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-op Ltd. (September 2010). AUD $10.00 (AUD $1.00 from every purchase donated to charity). ISSN: 1446-781X.

The beauty of the horror genre (and its sub-genres/cross-genres, or any other tag you’d like to put on it) is that it allows both reader and writer to determine how far they want to delve into ‘darkness’. Whether …

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Review: Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts

By Pamela K. Kinney

Stephen Jones. Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts. Ulysses Press, 2010. 400pp. ISBN-13: 978-1569758380.

Fallen angels and heavenly hosts – what better subjects for a genre anthology of short stories? There are plenty of collections with stories about vampires, werewolves and demons out there, but this is something different, something fresh. So, when I got Visitants in the mail, I dove right into it.

Visitants has a variety of stories ranging from angels …

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Review: Beauty Has Her Way

By Lyndsey Holder

Brozek, Jennifer, ed. Beauty Has Her Way. Dark Quest, LLC (2011). 243pp. ISBN: 978-0-9830993-1-4.

There aren’t a lot of stories that feature strong-willed female characters in any format these days. Most of the women in movies, books, and television shows are only around to help the male hero be more heroic, either by getting into trouble and requiring his assistance, or by being his reward for a job well-done. You can imagine my excitement, then, when …

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Review: The Many Faces of Van Helsing

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Cavelos, Jeanne, ed. The Many Faces of Van Helsing. Ace, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0441016471.

We’ve seen our share of vampire hunters in recent years, what with Buffy and her urban fantasy and paranormal romance compadres. But sometimes, the inate feeling these post-Victoruan hunters inspire is a desire to yell, “Will the real Van Helsing please stand up?” Thus, the prospect of finding a collection that takes the famous, and one might say, daddy of all vampire hunters, …

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