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Review: “We Are Wolves,” various authors

Rating: 5 out of 5 It’s rare that I give a full 5-out-of-5 to a multiple-author anthology, but We are Wolves: A Horror Anthology is worth it. The editors clearly had a vision for the book, nailed it down, and

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Review: “25 Gates of Hell,” various authors

Rating: 4 out of 5 25 Gates of Hell: A Horror Anthology is described in terms of gates opening and unleashing Hell on earth, with these writers chronicling the results. This is a fairly specific theme–although there’s obviously flexibility of

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Review: “The Halloween Store,” Ronald Kelly

Rating: 4 out of 5 Ronald Kelly’s The Halloween Store and Other Tales of All Hallows’ Eve is a collection of seven stories (plus an essay). As you might guess from the title, they all have to do with Halloween

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Review: “Dead Awake,” ed. by Stanley Wiater

Rating: 4 out of 5 Dead Awake: 12 Tales of Darkness contains–you guessed it–12 short horror stories by a bunch of excellent authors. Sisters of Slaughter bring us “To Burn the Black Church.” It’s a brief exploration of an evil

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Review: “Midnight in the Pentagram,” ed. Kenneth W. Cain

Rating: 4 out of 5 As a note, I end up giving most multiple-author anthologies a 4/5 largely as a result of the fact that most people’s personal tastes won’t wholly match up with those of the editor, but the

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Review: “Dig Two Graves, Volume II” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 A horror anthology full of revenge stories: how could I go wrong? Dig Two Graves:An Anthology Vol. II presents a wide variety of horror styles, and this becomes a negative. When I hang out on

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Review: “Lucid Screams,” Red Lagoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 Red Lagoe’s Lucid Screams is a delightful collection of 16 horror short stories. A few of them are creature features, but sometimes the horror is closer to home, and there are also plenty of horrific

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Review: “Graveyard Smash,” from Kandisha Press

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I enjoyed reading Graveyard Smash: Women of Horror Anthology Volume 2, but thought volume one, Under Her Black Wings, was a little bit better. Once again, I have to knock them just a little for

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Review: “Her Body and Other Parties,” Carmen Maria Machado

Rating: 4 out of 5 Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties: Stories is a bizarre and arresting collection of short stories. “The Husband Stitch” is one of my favorite stories in this volume. It’s about a girl’s journey

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Review: “The End Is Now,” ed. John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey

Rating: 5 out of 5 In volume one, The End Is Nigh [review], the stories led up to an apocalypse. In The End is Now (The Apocalypse Triptych Book 2), the apocalypse is upon us. The third volume will be

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