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Review: “Under Her Black Wings,” various authors

Rating: 4 out of 5 Under Her Black Wings: 2020 Women of Horror Anthology is an anthology of all female-authored stories (19 of them). The overall quality is quite good, although I found one or two stories that didn’t entirely

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Review: “Forgotten Magic,” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 This is volume three in an unusual trilogy. Each author provides one story in each volume as their own individual little trilogies: Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 3) is part three. Unfortunately, I wasn’t

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Review: “Wayward Magic,” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 This is an unusual trilogy of anthologies. The idea is, each author involved wrote a trilogy of interconnected or continuing stories, with the first found in Hidden Magic [review], the second found in Wayward Magic

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Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

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Review: “AfroSFv2,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 Ivor W. Hartmann has collected five novellas in AfroSFv2, the sequel to the short story collection AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers [review]. The novellas are substantial enough that they each deserve their own brief

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Review: “AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers is a decent-sized anthology filled with wonderful stories by African writers. I often end up giving anthologies a 4/5 simply because not all stories will appeal to all readers.

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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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