Reviewed by Tom Crouch
Iâ€™ve had this book on my bedside cabinet for some time now, dipping in to it every so often. Iâ€™ve still to read all of its contents, but itâ€™s time to comment â€“ just in time for Halloweâ€™en.
This is an intriguing anthology. Christopher Golden posed the question: whatâ€™s it like from the monsterâ€™s point of view? Mostly, we read stories from the humanâ€™s side, so we get only a partial interpretation of events. But as Gary Braunbeck asserts in his piece, monsters have feelings, too, and want a better press.
There are nineteen tales (plus Goldenâ€™s introduction) to get your mind-teeth into. Most of the stories are original to this publication â€“ just one reprint. In his introduction, Golden states that he loves monsters. And who doesnâ€™t? Of course, we are talking of the fictional creatures. Iâ€™d hate to meet any of these in the flesh, so to speak. He also mentioned the two rules his contributors had to abide by: no zombies or vampires (hooray) and no human monsters (serial killers, I guess).
Contributors include Kelley Armstrong, Michael Marshall Smith, Kevin J Anderson, Sarah Pinborough and Simon R Green (a Devil of a tale). Remember, this is an interim report; nevertheless, on the evidence so far Iâ€™d give it an A. Excellent stories, and I look forward to finishing the rest of the book. Ideal horrors for Halloweâ€™en.