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If you are fan of horror, the occult and good scary stories, do yourself a favor and pick this one!
In this collection, arranged chronologically by setting, he proves that he can do it just as well in shorter pieces as in his longer works. Each, moving through the timeline from Pre-Columbian to modernity (and occasionally alt-modernity or a bit beyond) is its own exhibit in an interactive museum experiential tour.
Most of the stories have a uniquely American note, the American West, the frontier spirit, native peoples. A few cross the Pacific to the isles of Japan, bring Chinese mythology to life in California, or venture into the northern wilds of Canada or south to Paraguay. But they share that sense of westernness, not bogged down by the weight of centuries like you'd find in Europe or England.
Though, there are some exceptions ... one with the weight of millennia behind it, when giant monsters stomp the crap out of the Holy Land; a ballsy and startling but very entertaining move indeed ... one set in a posh adventurer's club, relating the horrors of a journey into darkest Africa ... fun stuff like that.
And, tucked in here and there like extra surprises, you'll find a retold fairy tale, a response to the sparkly vampire epidemic, a toilet story definitely not for bathroom reading
You'll find railroad workers and Texas Rangers, monsters and monster-hunters, ancient legends and cowboy lore, suicide forests and ghosts, clergymen misusing their powers, renegade Nazis. You'll find history not sanitized and prettied up for modern sensibilities; this is the raw stuff, the gritty stuff, with the ugliness and racism right there alongside the bravery and beauty.
Sometimes, the tales focus on the small-scale, families or individuals, lonely journeys, confrontations with cruel mortality and truth. In others, the fates of nations are at stake. There's variety here, a display of ranges -- temporal, stylistic, genre -- and it all serves to reinforce my initial opinion. Whatever the era, Ed Erdelac does historical fiction RIGHT.
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