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Shadow Masters (An Anthology from The Horror Zine Book 2) by [Nicholson, Scott, Little, Bentley, Massie, Elizabeth, Tardif, Cheryl Kaye, Bennington, Jeff, Clark, Simon, Navarro, Yvonne, Morton, Lisa]
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Book 2 of 2 in An Anthology from The Horror Zine (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

Meet the Editor, Jeani Rector:

While most people go to Disneyland while in Southern California, Jeani Rector went to the Fangoria Weekend of Horror there instead. She grew up watching the Bob Wilkins Creature Feature on television and lived in a house that had the walls covered with framed Universal Monsters posters. It is all in good fun and actually, most people who know Jeani personally are of the opinion that she is a very normal person. She just writes abnormal stories. Doesn’t everybody?

Jeani Rector is the founder and editor of The Horror Zine and has had her stories featured in magazines such as Aphelion, Midnight Street, Strange Weird and Wonderful, Dark River Press, Macabre Cadaver, Ax Wound, Horrormasters, Morbid Outlook, Horror in Words, Black Petals, 63Channels, Death Head Grin, Hackwriters, Bewildering Stories, Ultraverse, and others.

Her historical fiction novel about the black plague titled Pestilence: A Medieval Tale of Plague was released in 2012 from The Horror Zine Books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Imajin Books (27 May 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Some decently written stories by more established authors but really overall I found most stories unsatisfactory.

Predictable, unsubtle and really not very horrifying.

Feels like a vehicle for people to practice their writing rather than the finished article.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling antho 10 Jun. 2013
By Book Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First of all, I have to say that I am a Joe R. Lansdale fan, and this book opens with a Foreword from him. That sure made for a great first impression.

Shadow Masters is a meaty anthology, running 342 pages, so I can't review all the stories. I will discuss the ones that stood out to me.

"The Thing that Was Not There" by James Marlow is a weird tale, but weird in a good way. It makes me wonder: is it in the character's mind or really happening? A good Rod Serling-type.

Then there's "Same Sex Vampire Wedding." Who wouldn't like a story with that title? Lesbians and Vampires in the same story, in a world where being a vampire is common but illegal. I had to laugh at how needles do not deal with drugs, but instead are "vampire parapheralia."

"The Church" by Matthew Wilson is a sad but touching story. Set in England (I think) in World War II, a young man is trying to live with his head held high despite the fact that his father committed suicide. Oh yeah, and there's also a haunted church. I think this story works on every level.

Another touching story is "The Wood Witch" by Jonathan Chapman. Two kids have a terrible home life, so bad that one of them chooses to go live with the witch in the woods instead of living with her family. Which is worse? (no pun intended in the word which).

What makes Shadow Masters different from most anthos is that there are a lot of best-selling authors in this book alongside unknowns. You'll see Bentley Little and Scott Nicholson in there, along with Elizabeth Massie, Simon Clark and a lot of other well known names.

All in all, I found this book very absorbing. It's exciting and it kept me awake past my bedtime because I couldn't stop reading, wondering what the next story would hold. Like all anthologies, some stories are better than others but overall it's really good, and for the most part, I loved this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Anthology to Get a Feel for the Current Field in Horror 26 Jun. 2013
By Philip Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While it might just be a personal taste, I've never been a big fan of tightly themed horror anthologies. The charm of an anthology for me compared to novels is the variety you're able to get for your purchase. In this regard, Shadow Masters gets into the sweet spot.

The first plus is simply the variety of authors the anthology offers. Plenty of bigger names are right alongside beginners and names I've never seen a story from before. And at over thirty stories, there is plenty of names to go around when it comes to the authors. Really it kind of feels like a snapshot of the industry right now, which is why I typically lean towards anthologies when I want to see what's out there. There are certainly some names I'm going to be looking further into after this.

No single theme is found throughout the works. No matter what kind of horror you enjoy, you're likely to find at least one story fitting it in the collection. Some of the stories were purely bizarre (when you've got a Bentley Little story you kind of know what you're getting into), others managed some very nice atmosphere (Abandoned by Bruce Memblatt comes to mind), and there were some that did a good job at letting the imagination fill in the worst of the horrors (certainly The Cellar by Tim Jeffreys fits nicely for that). But, really, everyone will have the stories they prefer, and I consider the variety to be the biggest selling point here.

If a person has interest in checking out the current names in horror this is a great collection to start with. It's worth the money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite Each Story and Taste the Horror 23 Jun. 2013
By Bruce J. Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another horror anthology is here and asking us to take bites of its offering. Why should we? Catch the intro by Joe R. Lansdale, not a name to dis in our lifetime. Next, catch the mega-cart of names who have contributed to the Horror Zine and its editor Jeani Rector. She's a woman determined to bring the world of horror to the likes of us within the realms of her vision. The lady is bringing us the best of the best to present their individual visions of horror to our collective nightmares, bringing our fears to the surface, and telling us the forces of dark haven't forgotten and seek to scare the livin' bejezuz and hear our lovely screams.
The beginning of Shadow Masters started with their volume What Fears Become, the first anthology. Shadow Masters carries on the grand scheme with the works of Bentley Little, Scott Nicholson, Melanie Tem, Bruce Memblatt, Simon Clark, Ronald Malfi, Jeff Bennington. You should understand there are a total of 37 stories, so many bites and so many nightmares.
Now, time for my favorites. The blood licker of Red Velvet by Shaun Meeks. The return to the novel The Red Church in The Hung Preacher by Scott Nicholson. A black man's past and the karma of his crime in Abandoned by Bruce Memblatt. The frustrating and irritating same-oh same-oh in The Cellar by Tim Jeffreys (the thing in the cellar just can't shut up!). The (nightmare from hell) Housewarming by Ronald Malfi. And finally, the man who thought he could steal from the dead in Them Ol' Negro Blues by JG Flaherty.
So here you have it, friends, this is my introduction to goading you in downloading Shadow Masters. Get the entire collection with What Fears Become. WFB adds the names of Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. himself, Piers Anthony. Visit the Horror Zine web site and find out what they are. Now it's time to hit the Click button and start your bite into horror. Hope it takes good, Bon appetite!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of horror tales! 27 Jun. 2013
By Kristen Houghton author of For I Have Sinned - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine gives its audience of readers a blend of terror and suspense that is psychologically and emotionally thrilling. The stories play on our fears, the secret fears that haunt us on dark sleepless nights when every house sound seems to portend evil. It gets our hearts pumping madly when we're lost and driving down empty highways just knowing some type of alien being is on the side of the road waiting for us. Jeani Rector is an award-winning editor for a very good reason; she knows what ingredients are needed for good, 'gotcha', horror stories.

Besides being an excellent horror writer herself, she has put together an anthology of stories from the best horror masters around. Reading the never before published stories written by Earl Hamner, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, Elizabeth Massie, Melanie Tem, Yvonne Navarro, Simon Clark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Ronald Malfi, JG Faherty, Jeff Bennington, Lisa Morton, as well as some new very talented up-and-coming horror writers, you will swear that you can almost hear the terror of a scream and smell the coppery scent of blood.

Though very hard to pick a favorite story, (they're all well-written and hit their mark of terror very well), I particularly liked The Famous Film Star by Jeani Rector. A die-hard, determined member of the paparazzi who gets a bigger expose of the actor she's been following than she bargained for, was the one for me. Great twist at the end.

I love writing horror and I love reading it. It may be because of the old black and white Twilight Zone episodes that still can scare me to this very day. SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine delivers the same scary, good thrills. An excellent collection of horror! -Kristen Houghton, author of Welcome to Hell
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror from Today's Masters 6 July 2013
By Vincenzo Bilof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Classic Horror from Today's Masters

Many of today's writers, and indeed, even the audience, seem to feel an explanation is needed to explain the phenomenon present in any film or book; "open-ended" conclusions are not well-received by the mass audiences. However, the best horror films and books usually don't provide these explanations; as people, we crave answers to everything and we finally have a horror anthology composed by writers who don't feel the need to provide any scientific rationale for the concept of terror. It's an emotion, something abstract that is realized and experienced, and the authors in this collection demonstrate their mastery of fear.
Well-written stories that almost seemed as if all the authors collaborated and decided to take on a unique perspective of fear--I can't choose a favorite story among them because I kept turning the pages. More often than not, we pick and choose stories to read in an anthology, but not this time. I won't ever forget "Red Velvet" by Shaun Meeks or "The End of the Trail" by Bentley Little; while "The Flame of Freedom" by A.J. French neatly completes the anthology with a story that seems to almost thematically draw the entire book to a close by coming full circle, I felt as if any story could've concluded the book. I can't remember the last time I actually read a vampire story that was unique and entertaining; this book seems to come right out of the shadows of more classical horror stories that dare to be original.

I paused after each story to digest what I'd experienced, and I wanted to seek out more work by the authors I wasn't familiar with. It's been a long time since a horror anthology was released that showcases the talent of writers who understand what fear is.
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