What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre

Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/14/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, May 14, 2017
I got this softcover anthology at Toadstool Books in Milford NH. It's a horror anthology for which the contributors were asked to include "What the (bleep) is that?" somewhere in the text - variations allowed as to how explicit the "bleep" was. Not much of a theme, actually, and in some stories the author chose to use the phrase in a less-than-critical part of the tale. Still, the collection does feature some good "what the bleep *is* that???" scenes! Among my favorites:

"Fossil Heart" by Amanda Downum is more of a love story/ghost story than anything else, with a woman living with the regret over failing to save the life of her first love - before she'd had the nerve to confess or even realize her true feelings - even though she has a new lover now. But when she gains the ability to step back in time, she wonders if she could have saved her friend, and what that would do to her own life... A bittersweet look at love, loss, and regret.

"Little Widow" by Maria Dahvana Headley starts with the narrator's explanation as to why she survived when the cult she was born and raised in drank poison. This colors the rest of her life, and that of the other two women who survived - but the way they respond to this takes an unexpected turn when they see a very unusual young woman at a local carnival. This one's a bit surreal and oddly triumphant.

"The Bad Hour" by Christopher Golden takes a dysfunctional family with a young child who's acting out, and spins it into a nightmarish tale of a devastating curse.

"#connelly house #weshouldntbehere" by Seanan McGuire is presented in the form of tweets, a format that took me a bit of getting used to - but it's used to good effect, as a team of ghosthunters exploring a very nasty house find more than they expected.

"We All Make Sacrifices" by Jonathan Maberry is a typical hard-boiled-detective tale - with a supernatural kicker; in this case the PI is hired to wreak vengeance for a heinous crime, and does so in highly satisfactory style.

"Hunters in the Wood" by Tim Pratt has a gay couple caught up in a reality-show-from-hell situation - dragged into a wilderness where they're supposed to kill to survive - and can kill anyone they come across. But they don't see anyone else, and then find that something much worse may be looming. For a horrifying end-of-the-world scenario this one's oddly touching...

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Oak Hill Trail in Concord, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Released 3 mos ago (10/18/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Oak Hill Trail in Concord, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library at the trailhead on this cloudy autumn day. Hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Spook-Tacular October release challenge. ***

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