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Review: “Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences”

Pros: Some reasonably fun stories in here Cons: A lot of repetition; poor showing when it comes to female characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Normally when I review anthologies, I end up pointing out that one reason it’s tough

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Review: “The Corpse Garden,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: More excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 This is the second anthology I’ve read by S.H. Cooper, and it’s just as excellent as the other. The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories

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Review: “From Twisted Roots,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Absolutely excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper brings us From Twisted Roots: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories. I absolutely love this collection. Each story packs a punch, even though they’re all

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Review: “Hidden Magic,” Various Authors

Pros: Some intense, delightful stories in here! Cons: Not all of them stand up Rating: 4 out of 5 Hidden Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 1) is the first in a “trilogy” of anthologies, with each author writing three linked

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Review: “Till the Score Is Paid,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Delightful, intense short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I was quite fond of Gemma Amor’s collection of stories entitled Cruel Works of Nature [review], so I was really looking forward to her Till the Score

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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Review: “Unfinished Business,” Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Old-fashioned ghost stories plus a few fun flash fictions Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 There are some suitably old-fashioned paranormal stories in Catherine Lundoff’s anthology Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic, as well as some highly

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Review: “The Unspoken,” ed. William Meikle

Pros: Elegant stories about and adjacent to the subject of cancer Cons: Typical anthology issue that not every story works for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle edited the anthology The Unspoken, a collection of horror stories–some

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Short Take: “Little Paranoias,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Wonderful little tidbits of paranoia and horror! Cons: Not everything worked for me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Little Paranoias: Stories is a relatively brief anthology of 20 creepy short stories, including a couple of poems. There’s

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Review: “Full Throttle,” Joe Hill

Pros: Left me a bit shaken Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joe Hill’s collection Full Throttle: Stories hit me a little bit harder than I was expecting. The stories range in genre and style; the predominant genre is

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