Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Night Shadows: Queer Horror Edited by Greg Herren & J M Redmann

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, October 2012
Pages: 265

At a time when it seems werewolves, vampires and zombies are plentiful in LGBT supposedly-"horror" stories, it is very refreshing to find this collection of fourteen excellent short stories, all by well-known authors, who understand that there is much more to the genre, and a bit of subtlety can be very frightening. 

The stories in this anthology are quite diverse and all well-written. The longest is the final story, "Ordinary Mayhem" by Victoria A. Brownsworth, exploring the connection of a uniquely-talented photographer to her deceased grandfather. I also liked Steve Berman's delicious "Capturing Jove Lunge," about a man who is summoned to pose for an eccentric mogul who lives for his art and his plants. Felice Picano offers "Room Nine," a fable suggesting a sinister reason for outsourcing. The other stories are similarly unique and engaging.

One of the better anthologies I have encountered in recent years, and I give it a full five stars out of five.


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