Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives — book review

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives edited by Justin Gustainis. Edge $14.95

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

This is a fun book that showcases a stream of noir-detectives of the supernatural variety.  That’s not to say that all of the detectives are paranormal (though some are certainly non-humans) but their case load is always in that arena. Demons and vamps and were-wolves and mages, and just about every other kind of law-breaking nasty you can think of.

Essentially, Those Who Fight Monsters is a showcase for the various supernatural gumshoes and homicide detectives published, as novels, by Edge, so I imagine that many of the people drawn to reading it will already be familiar with at least some of the writers and their creations. But the whole point of this kind of collection is that in buying it, because you know one or more writer, you’ll find new writers that you hadn’t come across before. 

It would be hard to pick any stories as favourites, though Julie Kenner’s demon-hunting soccer mum in ‘The Demon You Know’ is huge fun, as is Simon R Green’s ‘The Spirit of the Thing’ (the ‘composite’ character names raised a few sniggers before the story even started ‘ read it and you will soon see what I mean).

Those Who Fight Monsters is a solid, if small, selection of urban fantasy detectives as you’ll find anywhere. An excellent way to sample-before-you-buy the individual novels.

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives edited by Justin Gustainis. Edge $14.95

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

This is a fun book that showcases a stream of noir-detectives of the supernatural variety.  That’s not to say that all of the detectives are paranormal (though some are certainly non-humans) but their case load is always in that arena. Demons and vamps and were-wolves and mages, and just about every other kind of law-breaking nasty you can think of.

Essentially, Those Who Fight Monsters is a showcase for the various supernatural gumshoes and homicide detectives published, as novels, by Edge, so I imagine that many of the people drawn to reading it will already be familiar with at least some of the writers and their creations. But the whole point of this kind of collection is that in buying it, because you know one or more writer, you’ll find new writers that you hadn’t come across before. 

It would be hard to pick any stories as favourites, though Julie Kenner’s demon-hunting soccer mum in ‘The Demon You Know’ is huge fun, as is Simon R Green’s ‘The Spirit of the Thing’ (the ‘composite’ character names raised a few sniggers before the story even started ‘ read it and you will soon see what I mean).

Those Who Fight Monsters is a solid, if small, selection of urban fantasy detectives as you’ll find anywhere. An excellent way to sample-before-you-buy the individual novels.