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Horror For Good - A Charitable Anthology by [Ketchum, Jack, Wilson, F. Paul, Garton, Ray, Campbell, Ramsey, Lansdale, Joe R. , Ethridge, Benjamin Kane, Strand, Jeff , McKinney, Joe, Thomas, Lee, Morton, Lisa]
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  • Publisher: Cutting Block Press; Volume 1 edition (17 May 2012)
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OK, this is "A Charitable Anthology". All proceeds will be donated to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, which is a great cause that I would hope we all would want to support.

Now we've got that out of the way, let's forget it. For the purposes of this review, this is just another horror anthology and I'm going to judge it on that basis alone.

It's not a small collection. There are thirty-two stories in all and twenty-one of those are original to this collection. One of them is the author's first published work. The eleven reprints are pretty rare material, by popular horror writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Ray Garton, F. Paul Wilson and Jack Ketchum. You'd be challenged to acquire copies of the original appearances of these stories now.

There isn't a turkey amongst them! Trust me, I searched. Granted, there are some stories I didn't like as much as others, but the truth is (and I'm not saying this just because it's for a good cause remember) this is the highest quality collection of horror short stories I can remember reading for a very long time.

The anthology covers all sorts of horrors. There are ghosts, demons, werewolves and those vilest monsters of all- human beings. There are even zombies, but even these most overused of horrors are handled with remarkable flair and originality. There are passing nods to King, Lovecraft and Rod Serling, alongside traditional monsters and science fiction horrors.

There just isn't the room to comment on the individual stories in this review, but I've singled out a few for special mention.

Nate Southard's `Mouth', and Brad C.
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Ah, horror. The genre we all know and love. However, have you ever come across a horror tome that combines the writing prowess of a glut of top horror authors in one volume in order to support and raise awareness of a worthwhile cause? I hadn't...

Horror For Good is a charitable anthology of horror fiction with all net profits of each purchase, (estimated to be at least 10-15%) being donated to amFAR the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Horror anthology books, like their screen cousins, can often be a bit hit and miss. For every gem out there, there's a swathe of utter drivel... From the ouset, you know there is no danger of Horror For Good falling into the latter category since it is full to the gunwales with award-winning, experienced and talented horror writers such as Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, John F.D. Taff and Joe McKinney to name but a few! It's fair to say that it is a talent-heavy roster of names that provide stories spanning the horror genre from soul-eating wraiths to post-apocalyptic zombie goodness; from a horror spin on a fairy tale to inbred devil-worshippers, voodoo, werewolves and everything in between! With 32 short stories contained within, Horror For Good has something for all horror fans, regardless of taste. Here is a small selection of the highlights for me:

I always appreciate some undead post-apocalyptic horror and Jeff Strand provides the reader with a streetwise anti-hero in 'The Apocalypse Ain't So Bad'.

Established horror author Joe McKinney ramps up the action-horror and entertains with 'Sky of Brass, Land of Iron' while still developing a sense of depth and history in his tale.

In 'Returns', the soul of Jack Ketchum's main character is earthbound until he can help his loved one.
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There is something for everyone in Horror For Good, from the staccato prose of Ray Garton to the poetic style of G.R. Yeates, the stories found in this collection are as varied as they are chilling. In fact, that variety extends to include all aspects of the horror genre; stories that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, ones that evoked the sadness of the loss of a loved one, to dark humor, to science fiction with a dark twist, everything the horror genre has to offer can be found here.
I should mention I was a slush reader for this anthology. I was honored to be able to help, along with two other wonderful women. However, I did not get to read every story in here prior to publication. Many of these were new to me, and I enjoyed getting to read them for the first time. There are also a few reprints in here that are very hard to come by, but were offered thanks to the generosity of the authors in the horror community. That same generosity is what led to the number of stories that came pouring in, and allowed the editors to pick the best of the best for this anthology. I want to highlight a few of the stories here; a mix of reprints and originals.

Dead Letters, by Ramsey Campbell was a chilling story told by a master. As the story progresses, you have some vague notion of the direction Campbell is taking you, but at the end there is still that element of surprise that makes you stop then reread the story because you have just realized all the clues had been neatly laid out, if you had just taken the time to notice them. Campbell manages to build the tension and suspense in just a few short pages; there is good reason why he is an award winning author.

Mouth, by Nate Southard was one of those stories that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
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