Who better to raise money for the Children's Literacy Initiative than readers and writers? I imagine if they had a dime for all the times we've laughed and cried, gone to places far away, been too scared to sleep without a light on, fallen in love (or lust), learned something we didn't know, or a host of other things that reading has given us over the course of our lives, every child in the country, and beyond, would have books and resources to instill a lifelong love and practice of reading. Showing both dedication and generosity, the authors contributed top notch stories for this anthology.
Some of what's inside-
Joe Lansdale tells the story of a very bad entity with a love of razors and a taste for blood.
Christopher Golden's story is about Teddy, a young boy whose father was killed in Korea. He comes home from school one day to see the spector of a gunfighter entering his house. Teddy doesn't know it yet but he's going to be in for the biggest fight of his young life.
"Haven", by Kealan Patrick Burke, has a young man named Tommy coming home to bury his mother. Spending time in the abusive home he grew up in isn't going to go as he expected. Not at all.
In "Dealing With Mama Lila" by Sandy Deluca, a dead husband, a gypsy curse and an angry ex mother-in-law make life difficult for a widow.
"Obedient Flies" by Greg F. Gifune blew me away. What you think you know, you don't, and what you don't know will shock you. This was a very dark surprise.
"Cannonball Lycanthrope" by Janet Joyce Holden illustrates how the changing seasons can sometimes be murder.
In Mary Sangiovanni's "Letting Go", a man's memories of a lifetime of misdeeds haunt him. Literally.
"Shadow Chaser" by Simon Wood. A man's murderous half tries to force a reunion and ends up setting him on a new mission.
"Dance of the Blue Lady" by Gene O'Neill is a beautiful poignant story about love, loss and magic.
I enjoyed all of the stories in this large collection. Spirits, zombies, werewolves, good people, bad people, and much more....there's something for everyone.
One of the best horror anthologies I've read in a long time. Every story is a gem, but My favourites were the stories by Joe Lansdale, Brian Keene, Jonathan Janz and Gary Braunbeck. This is a must for any Horror fan.