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Review: “Cruel Works of Nature,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Absolutely wonderful horror collection Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas contains some delightful tales. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished them all! In Foliage,

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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Review: “Cat Pictures Please And Other Stories,” Naomi Kritzer

Pros: Amazing combination of off-the-wall and ordinary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Naomi Kritzer’s collection Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories is absolutely wonderful. There wasn’t a single story I didn’t fully enjoy, despite the fact that I

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “Virgins & Tricksters,” Rosalie Morales Kearns

Pros: Stunning, engrossing Cons: A bit surreal in places! Rating: 5 out of 5 The Virgins & Tricksters anthology by Rosalie Morales Kearns bowled me over. Normally I read books that fall within very clearly defined genres, such as horror,

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Review: “Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked,” Christa Carmen

Pros: Intense! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Christa Carmen’s Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is an intense and harrowing collection of horror short stories. A handful of them interconnect, with a couple mentioning the same city, a couple connecting

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Review: “The Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Fantastic Valdemar stories Cons: Veeery sappy! Rating: 5 out of 5 If you aren’t familiar with Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books, then Tanya Huff’s anthology of short stories set in Valdemar, The Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar, would

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Review: “Autumn Cthulhu,” ed. Mike Davis

Pros: Some fascinating tales of dread Cons: Too many vague, ‘unfinished’ endings Rating: 3.5 out of 5 You can definitely see some patterns in the stories of the anthology Autumn Cthulhu (edited by Mike Davis). There’s a certain style of

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Review: “The Shredded Veil Mysteries,” Leah R. Cutter

Pros: Fascinating take on ghosts; creative and original Cons: Needs more worldbuilding; one unsatisfying story Rating: 4 out of 5 Leah R. Cutter’s The Shredded Veil Mysteries is a collection of six ghostly tales. In 2012, the Great Unraveling happened,

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