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Johnny Morris Reads More Bedtime Stories jIt has stories by two of my favorite authors The stories were consistently good and there were only two that I didn t enjoy as much as the rest Raise high the hems of your dress skirts ladies You re about to step in itI must confess I ve been waiting for this anthology to be published for a long time Any opportunity to get Craig Clevenger Nik Korpon Brian Evenson Stephen Graham Jones to name a few inside one book whoa My chief concern was anything getting this much anticipa stands out immediately about this outstanding collection of dark fiction is the contributor list Suspense fans will see many familiar faces but so will fans of dark fantasy I don t know how you read short story anthologies but I happened to read this one in order and I can tell you it workedStephen Graham Jones is well known for his work in horror and puts his talent to fine use in Father Son Holy Rabbit If you re a parent this story of how far a father goes to protect his son may actually make you burst into tears like I did but boy is it good So yes Richard Thomas may have a little bit of a sadistic streak starting out with that one but it certainly puts you in the correct mindset as to what s to comeI already established that Stephen Graham Jones s story is a humdinger and so is Lindsay Hunter s That Baby This one is told in a very matter of fact tone that somehow makes the horror of it that much resonantThe knock out in ways than one Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson about an aging boxer and the tragedy that drives him is fabulous and makes me ashamed that I haven t yet picked up everything that Davidson has written I plan to remedy that though If you dig Frank Bill s work which I very much do you ll love this one This is flawless stuffPaul Tremblay horrifies with a insidious touch in his story about a family uietly and desperately trying to keep it together while the world falls apart around them in It s Against the Law to Feed the Ducks Roxane Gay spins a strangely hopeful story with How about a woman who longs to escape the confines of her current life and uietly sets about doingust that You ll want to keep an eye out for her upcoming book An Untamed State in MayCraig Clevenger s Act of Contrition is a ueasy slightly surreal little chiller and The Etiuette of Homicide by Tara Laskowski is a nifty little handbook on the how to of murder Fuzzyland by Richard Lange is one of my favorites and explores the bonds of family and the aftermath of tragedy with a noir touch I wasn t surprised that I liked this one so much since Angel Baby was one of my favorite suspense reads of 2013 His Footsteps are Made of Soot by Nik Korpon is about a young man that desperately wants to forget a dark part of his past and goes about doing so in a very creepy way and Joe Meno s Children Are the Only Ones Who Blush is a slightly strange little story about individuality and its pitfalls and is another oddly hopeful taleMatt Bell author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods which got raves serves up another of my favorites Dredge about a very damaged man s attempt to find a young girl s killer is both grotesue and very very sad It will stay with you for uite a while after you finish Bell is astonishingly good at imagery and it shows in very disturbing ways This is one of those that while reading you ve got to let yourself look beyond the horror to the achingly sad story beneath Dollhouse by Craig Wallwork and Windeye by Brian Evenson are throwbacks to old fashioned horror and they re both spectacular and spectacularly creepy but in different ways We all know that dolls are creepy and Wallwork mines that theme for all it s worth The Familiars by Micaela Morrissette is another story about a
boy and imaginary friend that sits pretty firmly in horror territory while infusing a rather delicate beauty and sense of the fantastic throughout It s also one that if you re a parent will touch you and make you pause a bit Dialtone by Benjamin Percy RED MOON shows that he can crack the whip with a short story with the same finesse that he handles full length horror and explors the drudgery of faceless cubicle hell and well murderAntonia Crane s Sunshine for Adrienne is another stunner that explores the making of an addict and the loss of innocence It horrifies and lances at the heart in eual measure Blue Hawaii by Rebecca Jones Howe is another story of addiction but with a uick and dirty deliveryVanessa Veselka s Christopher Hitchens is a strange and subtle story About The Nature Of the natureyoung boy and
of and a mother s love and another one of my favoritesKyle Minor s Theand a mother s love and another one of my favoritesKyle Minor s The in all its Ugly broke my heart in two brittle little pieces and is a sad and startlingly lovely ode to a parent s love with an SF twist This one sneaks up on you so watch out Instituto by Roy Kessey is about a man pursuing a certain kind of perfection but doesn t uite get what he hopes for This one is where heartache desperation and institutional dread intersect and it s extremely effectiveWell there you have it There is something in The New Black for ust about everyone and if you ve ever been curious about any of these authors it s a great way to sample what they have to offer which is considerable Don t be surprised if after reading this you find yourself scrambling to stock up on everything by these authors that you can possibly get your hands on Rarely have I read a collection that I ve enjoyed every one of the stories but I did with this one and it s a must read for fans of dark fiction of any stripe. Vidson Rust and Bone Rebecca Jones Howe Blue Hawaii Joe Meno Children Are the Only Ones Who Blush Vanessa Veselka Christopher Hitchens Nik Korpon His Footsteps are Made of Soot Brian Evenson Windeye Craig Wallwork Dollhouse Tara Laskowski The Etiuette of Homicide Matt Bell Dredge and Antonia Crane Sunshine for AdrienneEdited by Richard ThomasForeword by Laird Barr. .
Free download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Richard ThomasEveal the main character and his life skilfully and then on top of that the story itself is excellent Another one which is not only skilfully written but is a terrific idea for a story is Christopher Hitchens by Vanessa Veselka One of her characters says all beliefs are like a series of tunnels What we are after here is an open road It s a sophisticated and funny story with a strange subtlety and there are some terrific little phrases such as Lyle thinks small talk puts people at ease I love that A slightly similar story to this in that both feature organisations that can change people is Instituto by Roy Kesey In this strange and haunting story Stanley and his surroundings are made perfect and he should be glad but then he thinks about the three most important people in his life The anthology is not without humour and in particular Joe Meno s odd and enjoyable Children Are The Only Ones Who Blush is if creepy also darkly comic It brings to mind the novel Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs and it features an ex psychiatrist with a second career as a dentist how could you ever trust himThen there are a couple of stories that were a great pleasure to read and would ve fitted easily into the traditional horror genre The first of these is Dollhouse by Craig Wallwork whose deadly creepy story is the only one in the anthology that has an old fashioned ghostly theme The other was Windeye by Brian Evenson There is a wonderful spooky premise to this story a windeye is a special aperture that resembles a window and it s how the wind looks into a house I love that idea This is an extraordinary neat little story that brought Arthur Porges Puddle to mind because of its simplicity and magic To end however I ve kept His Footsteps Are Made Of Soot by Nik Korpon The grizzly subject of home surgery is mentioned early on in this story and it is right from the get go a very creepy story indeed pupils floating like drowned flies in a pool of yellowed milk did it for me For the sheer creepiness embedded in the everyday if you have eyes to see it this story is stunning What is the best way to read an anthology of short stories Sometimes I can gobble up three or four stories in one sitting and enjoy the varieties of this and that put it on the shelf and go back days or weeks later to select again The New Black however is not that kind of anthology I lived with this book close at hand on my Kindle for weeks and read one story a day a couple of days I read two which I looked forward to each day Because the stories are so rich with themes of loneliness addictions despair desperation curiosity and the inner life of the characters and because the stories are charged with narratives that put every detail and emotion under a magnifying glass I really needed space and time to absorb each story as its own prize My favorites by far are The Familiar by Michaela Morrissette slow down and savor this one Dredge by Matt Bell couldn t sleep after getting to know Punter and Dollhouse wicked little Dredge by Matt Bell couldn t sleep after getting to know Punter and Dollhouse wicked little story by Craig Wallwork The selection of authors here are all stellar and their stories are dark in ways that made me stop reading for a minute to shake my head like in His Footsteps Are Made Of Soot by Nik Korpon which is about home surgery and absolutely shuddering to read Some stories I will have to read again though as second time reads can give you that extra kick in The New Black is than fiction these stories are experiences I suppose Neo Noir fiction can best be defined as dark fiction This anthology edited by Richard Thomas collects stories from amazing authors blurring genre linesI think most of these stories take that delicious horror tension and use it in a new wayRebecca Jones Howe s story BLUE HAWAII is the perfect example of this The unreliable protagonist has someone else s infant in her care and this creates this overwhelming sense of dread throughout the entire story Every turned page feels like YOU the reader are responsible for remembering the baby but the character is atte Ok so we re calling it This is going to be one of the best anthologies published in 2014 What is the best way to read an anthology of short stories Sometimes I can gobble up three or four stories in one sitting and enjoy the varieties of this and that put it on the shelf and go back days or weeks later to select again The New Black however is not that kind of anthology I lived with this book close at hand on my Kindle for weeks and read one story a day a couple of days I read two which I looked forward to each day Because the stories are so rich with themes of loneliness addictions despair desperation curiosity and the inner life of the characters and because the stories are charged with narratives that put every detail and emotion under a magnifying glass I really needed space and time to absorb each story as its own prize My favorites by far are The Familiar by Michaela Morrissette slow down and savor this one Dredge by Matt Bell couldn t sleep after getting to know Punter and Dollhouse wicked little ghost story by Craig Wallwork The selection of authors *here are all stellar and their stories are dark in ways * are all stellar and their stories are dark in ways made me stop reading for a minute to shake my head like in His Footsteps Are dark in ways that made me stop reading for a minute to shake my head like in His Footsteps Are Of Soot by Nik Korpon which is about home surgery and absolutely shuddering to read Some stories I will have to read again though as second time reads can give you that extra kick in The New Black is than fiction these stories are experiences I picked up this collection because. Ts includes the following authors and stories Stephen Graham Jones Father Son Holy Rabbit Paul Tremblay It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks Lindsay Hunter That Baby Roxane Gay How Kyle Minor The Truth and All Its Ugly Craig Clevenger Act of Contrition Micaela Morrissette The Familiars Richard Lange Fuzzyland Benjamin Percy Dial Tone Roy Kesey Instituto Craig Da. This is one of the most consistently interesting and rewarding collections of dark fictionhorrorwhatever that I ve come across My only complaint is uite a few of what I considered the stronger stories have recently appeared in collections elsewhere Didn t mind rereading the Evenson Minor Stephen Graham Jones etc though I m generally very negative about multi author anthologies this is a notable exception The new black is a collection of 20 short stories by some great authors of the horror genre that take the genre to the edge These authors were all new to me and I hadn t previously read any of their work The new black has a forward by Laird Barron he gives a well th Richard Thomas has compiled and edited a remarkable collection of stories in his anthology The New Black A Neo Noir Anthology I d long despaired of finding literary writing and good ideas in contemporary horror after Ray Bradbury s Something Wicked This Way Comes written in 1962 Instead I ve felt that from then until now the reading public have for the most part been swamped in clich characters and ill thought out storylines If there have been a few good writers of dark stories over this time I ve missed them but that is not to say that there haven t been writers who are well known in the Horror genre of course However having read The New Black my interest and faith in writing of the dark kind is restored as each story in the anthology is uniue and the uality of the writing is excellentWhile all the stories that make up The New Black are uniue there are also a few breath taking ones Loneliness is easy to find amongst these stories and so it should be as it is something humans fear almost as much as death itself Addiction crops up strongly as well but I think you could view those two conditions addiction and loneliness as being or less the same thing anywayFather Son Holy Rabbit by Stephen Graham Jones is one of the two stories I noticed had a slightly Carver esue uality to it in its simple bold statements and its tenderness The story idea is fantastic and when you realise what s happened you re compelled to go back and re read a bit this time asking yourself does the boy know The other story that struck me as Caver esue was Fuzzyland by Richard Lange I liked the sinister splinter sentences that begin to creep in such as Nobody ever noticed that I would leave the room so cramped with anger that it hurt to breathe The writer takes you on a real ourney full of wonderful detail about ordinary American life and I loved this A flock of birds scatters across the smoky sky like a handful of gravel Each story is strong and uniue in its own right there is That Baby by Lindsay Hunter whose language use and sentence structure fits so precisely with her wonderfully horrible story and I loved this image of the baby s eyes grey milk ringed with spider s legs And there s The Etiuette Of Homicide a sparse acidic and frightening story by Tara Laskowski I loved the sensual writing in Michaela Morrissette s The Familiars Her story is one of possession and it s a hypnotising read Another very dark tale is Dial Tone by Benjamin Percy This story echoes a kind of despair although it s written so cleverly that I am unable to explain its darkness properly until towards the end when the story begins to beautifully congeal There are stories in this anthology that have terrific endings towards the end when the story begins to beautifully congeal There are stories in this anthology that have terrific endings Truth And All Its Ugly by Kyle Minor is one of those this is an all too human story with a wicked endingThe way the writers have handled the sinister is very different in some it creeps up slowly as in It s Against The Law To Feed The Ducks by Paul Tremblay A delightful little refrain perfectly matched to the terrifying inference beneath punctuates this wistful story that reveals little about itself for uite a while and what it deals with is so big that it is never told as an outright fact In other stories the sinister is immediate as in Craig Clevenger s Act Of Contrition where the horror is suggested rather than stated Not only is the setting creepy but right from the beginning the attention to detail that only matters to the main character suggests something is very wrong indeed The writing style is really powerful the build up is relentless and the refrain I haven t done anything wrong heightens the tension wonderfully I always think there is plenty of horror is to be found in everyday life and Dredge by Matt Bell is a riveting and very atmospheric story that fits this idea well When Punter pictures the place where other people keep their feelings all he sees is his own trapped scream Not only is this a very powerful story but it s compulsive reading because you can t help wanting to know what exactly Punter is going to do Again all that happens in Roxane Gay s simply told and strong story How is perfectly possible in real life Some of the darkness here is the nature of the male characters their fantasies and expectations The story is encapsulated in Hanna looks at all the broken people sitting in her living room on her broken furniture And Blue Hawaii by Rebecca
Howe an story about addiction with ants as a repeated theme and clever echoes of longing and loneliness is again all too possible in real life Likewise Sunshine For Adrienne by Antonia Crane is a powerful and realistic story about addiction with some extraordinary descriptions Thinking still of real life Rust And Bone by Craig Davidson is a stunner of a story The writing is awesome and intelligent and the story narrows down to The New Black is a collection of twenty neo noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub genre A mixture of horror crime fantasy science fiction magical realism and the grotesue all with a literary bent these stories represent the future of genre bending fiction from some of our brightest and most original voicesThe table of conten. ,jones howe an