Earlier this year I was blown away by Jurassic London's first two Pandemonium anthologies, Stories of the Apocalypse and Stories of the Smoke, making their two other anthologies shoe-ins for anticipated books of the second half of 2012. Lost Souls is the first of those and I can tell you the anticipation was well-deserved. As I received an e-copy of the print version, I can't attest to the veracity of the claims about its gorgeous exterior, but I did get to see Vincent Sammy's stunning artwork and that alone would be worth the price of entry!
It is important to note, however, that unlike their previous anthologies Lost Souls isn't a speculative fiction anthology. Or rather it doesn't exclusively contain speculative stories. In addition to ghost stories, a fairy tale and a myth-inspired story, there are stories without a hint of the fantastic, though they might still be horrific, especially those stories set in the First World War. The anthology is divided into five sections, each depicting a different form of lost souls. In Lost we meet the ones who lost their way in life, the homeless, the unfulfilled, and the obsolete. Power shows us how power and influence can lead one astray and to lose faith in our fellow man. Stories allows us to figuratively and literally get lost in fiction, while War details the loss of life, of innocence, and an entire generation of young men in the Great War and a wholly different fight inside a prison's walls. But what was once lost can also be found and in the section of the same title we are shown stories of redemption, justice and love in the strangest of places.
Lost Souls contains too many stories to touch on all of them, so I'll pick my favourite from each section and point out the ones that didn't work for me.Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Pandemonium: Lost Souls Edited by Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry. Book review digg 0 comments
PANDEMONIUM: LOST SOULS
Edited by Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry,
Jurassic London, h/b £14.99, ebook £2.99
Reviewed by Glen Mehn
Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry have made something of a name for themselves with their first two short story collections: Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse and Pandemonium: Stories of the SMOKE. Both collections brought together an international collection of new and established writers and artists to build strong collections that garnered excellent reviews. The editors are well known in the British SFF community as the managers of Pornokitsch and the Kitschies awards.
Pandemonium: Lost Souls is their latest collection in their mission to promote genre literature - and it's something very special - a collection of 21 stories of loss and redemption. Rather than commissioning stories from contemporary writers, the editors have dug deep to find overlooked and under-appreciated stories, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pandemonium have, as they always do, chosen a charity to support with this collection: a share of the proceeds will go to Samaritans.
The collection is split into a range of sections - themed "Lost", "Power", "Stories", "War", and "Found" - these demonstrate the art of curation of a story collection which Perry and Shurin have mastered. You'll recognise some names, and not others - Stephen Crane starts the collection, and O.Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?