MORBID METAMORPHOSIS Terrifying Tales of Transformation, published by Jo-Anne Russell and Lycan Valley Press, is now available for sale. What do I think of this anthology? The best way for me to explain to you would be to post the introduction I wrote for this fantastic tome.
Here it is:
Jo-Anne Russell asked me to write an intro for Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation. Easy enough. Just so happens I edited the stories in this premier anthology for Lycan Valley Press.
First of all, let me clarify what my definition of editing is. I do not edit with an iron fist. Far from it. Jo-Anne selected the authors who are in the tome. Since she picked the stories to be included, she must have felt they were worthy pieces of horror literature and would not need a lot of apple polishing. Turns out that's the way it was.
I also use suggested edits. What does this mean? My track changes are used by me to ask questions and perhaps allow the author to read and capture my views on making the story stronger. That's what I did with this anthology, and it is better for it. Some of the authors told me they had points they wanted to make, and that's why they chose different ways to write certain things. They were right. I love give and take between authors and editors.
I learned much when I edited this anthology. Jo-Anne assembled many great authors from all over the world: Canadians, Americans, Australians, and masters of the craft from great Britain as well. Even though everyone writes in English, each country has differences in culture, spelling variances, and more. That meant it was necessary to further increase my light editing hand. As the stories rolled out before my eyes, I was transported to times and lands I have not been to before. I am well acquainted with many different monsters and legends from around the world, but to read it from the pen of a talented Australian author, for example, makes it even more delightful. And, it meant the authors and their stories had to be told in their style. Not mine.
Going through the stories from some of the most talented masters of the craft, gave me a warm feeling. There are some authors here I have the pleasure of being in anthologies and collections with. Others, I have the joy of having read and reviewed some of their books over the years. And I found some new favorite authors. A wonderful experience all around.
One might think that an anthology involving gruesome life-altering, metamorphoses would run out of ideas and be totally bereft of an eclectic array of such offerings. But you will not be a prisoner of story after story of larvae becoming butterflies. Not by a long shot. One fascinating and unique tale after another will be paraded before you. Mixed in with rather bloody stories will be deep psychological tales that will make you think Is such a thing possible? Thinking persons' horror that will have you scratching your head.
Read stories of legends of old with new twists. Become acquainted with Native American lore, the moon, lakes, a planet so crowded one is barely able to move without hindrance, accompanied by the expected starvation and adaptations needed to survive. But what form do they take? Medical advancements for greed instead of healing are never expected to work out well. Or are they?
Words and thoughts attack minds in such a manner as to create physical and psychological manifestations taking everyone by surprise. Eating disorders jump out at you. Animals of many species morph before your very eyes. Madness and mayhem abound. Bushes and tree limbs part before you, concealing that which lurks within the shadows. Fever, souls, and dark haunts are all here, leading you by the hand. But do you allow yourself to be lead? Horrors of the haves and the have-nots whisper in your ears. Yes, atrocities are committed as big business rears its ugly head. All this and more can be found between the covers of this anthology.
Discover, as I did, the joys of reading many different styles of writing taken from the deep recesses of the souls and minds of some of the best horror authors in the world. Gothic, modern day, and historical fiction await thee.
I do not throw my support behind every Press popping up on the radar. People need to earn my respect. Jo-Anne Russell is one such person. She cares about her authors. Lycan Valley Press is her baby, and she is nurturing it well. Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation is the first of the great books to come from this fantastic Press. It will not be the last. More are on the way. They will all be great.
Happy reading, my friends.
This book contains 22 stories from authors around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days long after you've read the last page. Beware reading this book at night, and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows!
By AJ Wilcox on June 25, 2016
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In this book are 22 stories on the theme of transformation. The stories range from vampires and werewolves to a unique take on the Jekyll/Hyde story. In a few of these tales the transformation is not physical but mental. Every single one was entertaining. If you like your horror/paranormal with a bit of gore and a lot of thought, this is the book to buy. Thoughtfully entertaining.