I was disillusioned by some horror anthologies last year but October is calling to me, so here I am again. I’m not sure what it is about horror short stories but I don’t find them scary and would rarely even classify their content as horror. While all of these stories are okay, I didn’t find any scares amongst them.
My favourite was James Renner’s A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest (In Which Christopher Robin Says Goodbye).
Lizardman by Robert McCammon – 🎃🎃🎃
The lizardman has been searching for Old Pope for a long time. Tonight he will find him.
Oh, yeah, the swamp had teeth. Eat you up, bury you under. That was how it was.
A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest (In Which Christopher Robin Says Goodbye) by James Renner – 🎃🎃🎃🎃
You’ll never see Winnie-the-Pooh the same again.
“Sometimes the bad things take up the most room in your heart. Don’t they?”
Furtherest by Kaaron Warren – 🎃🎃🎃
Those boys died in the dunes but there’s more to the story.
“So don’t go into the dunes, kids. You never know who’s lurking in there.”
West of Matamoros, North of Hell by Brian Hodge – 🎃🎃🎃
This is the photoshoot from hell.
“Everybody’s got a plan until the knives come out.”
The Expedition by Bill Schweigart – 🎃🎃🎃
Nazis vs. the wolf.
Had they known then of the chest and the doom that awaited them all, Bruner would have chosen prison.
Snow Shadows by Mick Garris – 🎃🎃🎃
A man and boy are haunted by the death of a woman.
“Did you love her?”
Content warnings include death by suicide.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hydra, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, for the opportunity to read this book.
Once Upon a Blurb
Robert McCammon, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Brian Hodge, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris reveal sinister secrets and unsavoury pasts in a haunting anthology of short stories collected by acclaimed horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.
LIZARDMAN by Robert McCammon
The lizardman thinks he knows about all the mysterious dangers of the Florida swamps, but there are things lurking in the bayou that are older and deadlier than his wildest dreams.
A MONSTER COMES TO ASHDOWN FOREST (IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN SAYS GOODBYE) by James Renner
Although every child dreams of visiting Hundred Acre Wood, only one has ever actually frolicked in that fabled forest – and survived.
FURTHEREST by Kaaron Warren
She’s been going to the beach since she was a child, daring the other kids to go out past the dunes where those boys died all those years ago. Now she realises that the farther out you go, the harder it is to come back.
WEST OF MATAMOROS, NORTH OF HELL by Brian Hodge
After the success of their latest album, Sebastián, Sofia, and Enrique head to Mexico for a shoot under the statue of Santa Muerte. But they have fans south of the border who’d kill to know where they get their inspiration.
THE EXPEDITION by Bill Schweigart
On a quest to bring glory to the Führer, Lieutenant Dietrich Drexler leads his team into the ruins of the Carpathian Mountains. But the wolf that’s stalking them is no ordinary predator.
SNOW SHADOWS by Mick Garris
A schoolteacher’s impulsive tryst with a colleague becomes a haunting lesson in tragedy and terror when he’s targeted for revenge by an unlikely, unhinged rival.