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Title: HORROR LIBRARY: Volume 3.
Publisher: Austin, TX: Cutting Block Press (2008)
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Soft cover
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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Nominated for the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology, this book features the latest work from the hottest and most talented horror writers of our day. These are cutting edge selections running the spectrum of the genre, from the spooky spine-tingler to the blood curdling screamer, this book covers it all, hence the title, +Horror Library+.Review:
Focusing primarily on the vilest of human needs and deeds, R.J. Cavender assembles 30 new short stories for this third installment of the Horror Library series. Avoiding as many genre clichés as possible, this assemblage steers clear of your more straightforward supernatural monsters and apocalyptic tales. Instead, the slant here is towards the sorts of real-life dangers that come along with sharing a planet with millions of potentially unstable people.
Boyd E. Harris and R.J. Cavender open with an introductory story that bears a warning: every relative, neighbor, and colleague is a lurking danger. The tale reads like a barrage of news statistics claiming nothing is safe, not even a trip to the airport. That is not to say there aren't supernatural elements in the pages of this book, but the monsters are lurking in the background here, using their human minions to lure their prey.
The stories are uniformly well crafted and original, but a few really stand out. Sunil Sadanand's "Them" is a microscopic nightmare about a man being invaded by brain parasites. The reader follows his thoughts and actions as they become increasingly disjointed and robotic from the deepening invasion. Michael Louis Calvillo's "Consumed" finds a man buried alive within a pit of corpses - his only possible means of escape is to eat his way out. The most intriguing stories in this book follow the thought progressions and internal monologues of their characters as they pass in and out of unusual and horrifying states of consciousness. As well, several tales explore particularly current-day concerns, including authoritarian torture and pedophilia.
Each story deserves a proper reading, but to consume this collection as a whole is like digesting a storm of insults against human nature. By compiling these works into a single volume, the editor presents humanity as something hopeless and lost. All of the characters - even the protagonists - are cowardly, selfish, and desperately lacking redeeming qualities. As readers, we are looking to set ourselves apart from the monster, but here we are greeted by a twisted mirror image of ourselves. And that is true horror indeed.--Rue Morgue
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