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Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: “Suspended In Dusk” edited by Simon Dewar, Books of the Dead Press, Kindle Edition, 2014.

James Roy Daley supplies an eerily enticing cover inviting your entrance while Jack Ketchum provides the introduction to this international collection of new horror guised by both established and up and coming scribes.

The theme of this anthology is transition; that point in time for example when light turns to dark where one may be caught in that instant when change is most frightening and here when you confront change you will most certainly agree that it is.

Nineteen stories are presented with a variety of themes; some old such as Ramsey Campbell’s “Digging Deep” a tale about a premature burial that is anything but rotten and stale; to J. C. Michael’s take on vampirism in “Reasons to Kill”; or if post-apocalyptic fare is your choice you will certainly enjoy in Angela Slatter’s “The Way of All Flesh”.

Stretched across this canvas are all matters of representations of horror. Themes that provide twists meted out in marvelous paced prose. This collection is strong both in chills and emotion; for the latter I suggest “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” by Alan Baxter that is not only creepy but gut wrenching.

But besides the buckets of gore, blood, creep and crawl these stories present smarts. There are morals hidden beneath the piles of bodies and in back of the winding spirits; modern parables all for our times that set this collection above most of the recent anthologies being hawked today.

This is a solid investment of your time and eye sight.

Buy this book.

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