The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Ten Silver Bullets

February 28, 2012 at 4:31 am (horror, Reviews, writing) (, , , )

TEN SILVER BULLETS – Edited by Adam Millard

I have to admit, while I love zombies, I’m not a big fan of werewolf and vampire tales. They aren’t as funny as zombies and the cheesy shadow of bad paranormal romances hangs over them like moldy brie. That being said, if they are presented with original plotlines and story twists, the traditional horror monster genre tales can be a pleasure to read.

I liked this anthology, and there were good reads in it, but I didn’t love it. I found there were more stories directed at the traditionalists who are looking for the savage transformation in the city or woodlands with some sort of fight/chase scene and howling at the moon – great if you’re not looking for surprises. If you are a die-hard werewolf fan that wants that typical blend of fur, blood and snarls, you’ll love this. For me, while a couple of the stories really struck a chord, it was more of a four star collection. Here are some of the highlights:

BLOOD MOON – R.S. Hunter : The Louisiana ambiance gave this some extra flavour, and it was a well-written tale. I’m not a big mystery lover but this was clever enough to win me over.

COMPTIME – Rebecca Snow : Introducing a supernatural element to an office always makes for fun genre fiction fare. This them is not as common as the inner city chase/fight scene, and Ms. Snow is a favourite of mine, so I did get a kick out of this.

RHODESIAN NIGHTS – Douglas Vance Castagna : I liked the integration of the dog into the tale. Castagna offers up some amusingly colourful descriptions.

PAWPRINTS ON A HEART – Zoe Adams: A romantic power-struggle brought to life. Lots of violence and a mix of supernatural creatures.

THE STRENGTH OF A PACK – Rebecca Besser : Probably the sexiest story of the group, and plenty of exploration of the senses in this wild tale.

YOU SAY CURSE, I SAY TOMATO – Suzanne Robb : One of my favourites, because of the humorous content. A real spin on the typical werewolf story.

US 20 – David Naughton-Shires : This one takes lycanthropy down the highway to the great outdoors. It pokes fun at the average yokel.

FOR OUR SINS: A FABLE – Brent Abell : This was an entertaining little fable with a strong fantasy component. This was another of my top three picks.

The editor sums it all up with a tidy little afterword.

If you are inclined to werewolf tales you’ll probably find this a great read and it does have its humorous moments.

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