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{Review}-Suspended in Dusk-Edited by Simon Dewar

by Simon Dewar
Published by Books of the Dead Genres: Bizarro, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Dystopian, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural

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When I saw this come up for review, I grabbed it. I’ve always had a fondness for anthologies and this one did not disappoint. The theme of this collection is dusk. “…dusk is the time between the light and the dark. A time between times.” These tales are loosely connected by that thread. There’s a nice introduction by Jack Ketchum and that made me excited to continue. Speaking of which-I’m not going to mention and rate every story, I’m going to briefly talk about the tales that stood out for me.

Shadows of the Lonely Dead by Alan Baxter: I enjoyed this tale of a hospice worker; it reminded me of John Coffey from The Green Mile. 3.5*

A Woman of Disrepute by Icy Sedgwick: This was a gothic style story with a Jack the Ripper feel. I thought this one ROCKED. 4.5*

Burning by Rayne Hall: I normally dislike tales with  lessons to be learned, but I liked this one quite a bit. It didn’t shy away from the ugliness-it presented it all in its horrible glory. 4.*

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Ministry of Outrage by Chris Limb: This story was wildly imaginative and I loved it. 5*

Reasons to Kill by J.C. Michael: I’ve read a ton of vampire tales in my time, but this one stood out just the same. I loved the idea of vampire nests. Okay, not totally original, I know, -but this nest and these vampires are a bit different than the norm. 4*

Digging Deep by Ramsey Campbell: A story about being buried alive. ‘Nuff said. 5*

Hope Is Here by Karen Runge: “THE SUNSHINE GROUP: WE ARE HERE TO MAKE THE WORLD A CLEAN AND HAPPY PLACE!” This was another favorite of mine. Sadly, it doesn’t feel like it’s too far out of the realm of possibility at times. 5*

Would To God That We Were There by Tom Dullemond: Another story about a psycho in space. It worked for me. 4*

Negatives by Wendy Hammer: A cool tale about an abandoned amusement park with a secret. 4*

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Fit Camp by Shane McKenzie: My friends have been urging me to read more from this guy. After reading this crazy story about a kid at fat camp and his great decision that went bad, I’ll be doing just that. 4.5*

Quarter Turn To Dawn by Sarah Read: I don’t even know what to say, this story was messed up. A hotel, a volcano and people turning into…? 4*

The Way of All Flesh by Angela Slatter: A turn the tables type of story. I enjoyed it. 4*

Overall, this was an enjoyable collection. I especially liked that there was a good number of contributions from female authors and they were GOOD. I will be tracking down to read more from these authors in the future.

Recommended to fans of anthologies featuring a wide variety of stories and authors.

About Simon Dewar

Simon Dewar was born and bred in Canberra, Australia. He lives there with his wife and 3 daughters.

He has fiction published in the Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories, as well as the forthcoming anthologies The Sea and Death’s Realm, from Dark Continents Publishing and Grey Matter Press, respectively.

By day, he is an ICT systems engineer; by night he writes, and edits, the literature of anxiety.

I have an incurable book addiction and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I will buy a book based on its cover alone. I love promoting authors. I am... the Ultimate Reader.

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