Friday, March 21, 2014

B.E. SCULLY - WOMAN IN HORROR!






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B. e. Scully is my Woman In Horror today! B.e. is one obsessed lady, not only when it comes to writing a super-scary tale but doing it in pure Gothic style. She doesn't waste a lot of words. She gets to the meat of her story and lets it roll, taking you along for a super horror thrill-fest.

The first book of hers I had the pleasure of reading was Verland. Not only is it well written, but B.e. tells a different Vampire tale. Yes, it has all the horror present in any Vampire book worth its salt, but the unique twists and turns she adds are hers alone. From beginning to end, the shadows surrounding you will be whispering in your ears telling you what is happening only to have new shadows kick the old ones away and change your perception again. And, it's always for the better. Heh, heh. Blaze loves it when the shadows speak to me.

I have also been blessed to read The Knife And The Wound It Deals. Wow! Gritty! Gritty! Gritty! Like I should have expected anything less from B.e. This is a great collection of horror shorts that will make the jitters run amok, sending goose-bumps up and down your spine. Collections like this are great because you get your daily dose of horror in easy bites. That is great if you are a busy person and don't have a lot of time.

Now I will make a simple, short, stand-alone statement: B.e. Scully writes better horror tales than Stephen King. Yes, it is my opinion, but I believe it to be true. Read some of her stories and see if you don't agree with me.

I am particularly intrigued by the Enter At Your Own Risk series that B.e. and Alex Scully are doing such a fantastic job with at Firbolg Publishing. I even have a story in one of them and will be gracing the pages in another one to be released this May. The premise behind this is to blend the works of Gothic Masters from the past, such as the great Edgar Allan Poe, with the great Gothic Masters of today. Firbolg does a super job at blending the stories. Every book has a different theme, and every one is flawless. Were it not for Firbolg, I probably would have not written any Gothic Horror. Now, I love it!

So, my friends, I introduce you to B.e. Scully, a true Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob





B.E. Scully writes tales dark and strange, drinks red wine and murky beer, cooks, reads, studies, and believes in the golden key. She lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions. Her recently released short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals is currently available on Amazon and other fine venues along with her critically acclaimed gothic thriller Verland: the Transformation. She has published numerous short stories and poems in an eclectic assortment of genres, styles, and places. Published work, interviews, and other odd scribblings can be found at her always open web site bescully.com.
 

Verland: The Transformation by Scully, B.E. (Jun 7, 2011)

Book Description

June 7, 2011
True crime writer Elle Bramasol is drawn into a macabre mystery when incarcerated Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman asks her to write a book about his case. As she delves deeper into Kingman’s murder conviction, she discovers that he possesses a centuries old diary written by an elusive vampire named Verland. Uncovering the transformative secrets held within the diary’s pages, Elle is drawn deeper into both Kingman’s deadly schemes and Verland’s dark world of shadows. When the two finally collide, the stage is set for a climactic battle over mankind’s ultimate prize: eternal triumph over death. But will the Holy Grail of immortality turn out to be the cruelest curse of all?

Exploring the allure of the shadowy places between life and death, between fantasy and reality, and the ultimate power of belief, Verland: The Transformation is a gothic-inspired tour de force, a brooding return to the roots of the vampire genre that goes for the throat from page one until the final, bone-chilling climax.

 

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ForeWord Clarion Review
Following the death of her beloved mother, author Elle Bramasol struggles to make meaning of her life. Instead, she gets pulled into a deadly web when Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman calls upon her from prison to pen a manuscript about his murder conviction. She soon discovers that the story Kingman wants her to write intertwines with the diary of an ancient vampire named Verland. Upon reading Verland’s diary, she goes from skeptic to believer, but she’ll be lucky to uncover the truth and stay alive at the same time.
Verland’s diary entries let the reader into the evolving soul of a brooding bloodsucker. The author departs from the current trend of sexy vampires, instead using old lore to create a unique brand of monster all her own. Scully asks readers to ponder if vampires are indeed villains, and why humans are both fascinated by and fearful of death.
Verland: The Transformation is a meditation upon mortality: a thinking reader’s vampire novel. Even so, there exists enough creepiness to satisfy people who just love a good scare. The author excels at describing settings, and the vivid details about the otherworldly locations add to the overall spookiness of the book. Scully breathes life into places as diverse as bloody Prussian battlefields, 1930s Mayan villages, and present-day Los Angeles.
B.E. Scully deftly mixes philosophy, suspense, and humor to create a juicy new twist on the vampire legend. Verland: The Transformation will forever transform your view of vampires
--Jill Allen
Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Willy
--- A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes
--- Couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans
--- A rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels
--- Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately

About the Author

B.E. Scully lives in the woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars More! January 14, 2013
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The vampire subgenre has always been prone to blockbusters: Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, `Salem's Lot, the Twilight chronicles. But there are other works, obscure some of them, perhaps, but hallowed by discriminating readers. Novels like The Vampire Tapestry and Fevre Dream or They Thirst - all titles to conjure with. The true aficionado of the genre will speak of them with a catch in the voice and an uncanny glow in the eye. B.E. Scully's "VERLAND: The Transformation" has unquestionably stormed their battlements and in record time. A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes, all couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans. (There's even a Blair Witch aspect. Is it fiction? Is it?) This is a rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels. I can't wait. Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately 
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Brains by Sayers, Tara, Birkhead, C. Douglas, Stittle, Kristal and Harris, Philip (Jan 2, 2012)

Book Description

January 2, 2012
In a world where the dead walk...
In a world where the living struggle to survive...
In a world where Munchkins fight alongside flying monkeys...
Those are just some of the things you will find inside this mammoth book of zombie fiction by writers from Michigan to Malaysian, from Austin to Austria.
So, pull on your bibs and prepare to sink your teeth in.
There's plenty of brains for everyone!

With stories by Bint Arab, Robert Forrester, Michael C. Dick, K. A. Masters, T. Fox Dunham, Kenneth E. Olson, Jason Papke, Richard Jay Goldstein, T. L. Barrett, Theresa Derwin, Joe Sherry, Jack Bantry, Bruce L. Priddy, Jonathan Wood, Gary Madden, Nicky Peacock, Douglas J. Moore, Iain Rob Wright, Dale Elster, Rebecca Snow, T. L. Decay, Philip Harris, Annie Neugebauer, Jamal K. Luckett, Marc-Anthony Taylor, Michelle Ann King, Suzanne Robb, C. Douglas Birkhead, Anne E. Johnson, Indy McDaniel, Bryan Vogt, Paul S. Huggins, Stef White, Jim Gadsby, J. Rodimus Fowler, Golda Mowe, Mihai Boc, Jessica A. Weiss, B.E. Scully, Scott Lininger, Katie Young, Allen Jacoby, Kelly Evans, S. Wayne Roberts, Alyn Day, R. S. Pyne, Kristal Stittle, Theresa Derwin, Pembroke Sinclair, Justin Sharples, Vince Liberato, Tara Sayers and an amazing cover by Gary McCluskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Review December 21, 2011
By Ryan
Format:Paperback
As the previous review stated, this is a superb new anthology! It's always good to see these little publishing companies churning out quality horror, and that's certainly what the collection is. I like to start with the bad news:

Cons: The collection contains a LOT of nontraditional zombie works. To be fair, that could be a good thing, but I'm kind of a stickler for the classic, mindless-moaning-flesh-eating-shamblers, that can't think or fight or do anything constructive. Quick Note: The first piece in the anthology, Bint Arab's "Remembering Human," is definitely nontraditional, but although my reactionist genes were twitching, I had to enjoy it. Second, as the first review pointed out: This was a looooong anthology, and some of the fat definitely could've been trimmed. I don't have any complaints about the novel preview at the end; it was pretty good! But it really doesn't seem to fit with the anthology as a whole, maybe not at the end like that. I dunno. And thirdly, the price is a little bit higher than usual, anthologies are usually around $15 or so, especially paperback.

Pros: But the good FAR outweighs the bad! The book is full of excellent stories from up and comers and established horror-jockeys alike! Some who deserve mentioning here:
-"Remembering Human" by Bint Arab
-"OCD" by Joe Sherry
-"Unusual Appetites" by Jessica Weiss
-"Waiting for Gordon" by Allen Jacoby

All in all, the book is worth buying, and a great read for the zombie enthusiast on your gift list. 
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Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences by Scully, B.E., Hurley, Timothy, McRob, Blaze and Gill, Carole (Sep 29, 2013)

Book Description

September 29, 2013
Some of the most enduring masterpieces of Gothic fiction are as intriguing for the stories they don’t tell as for those they do. The voices hidden in the wall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat;” the secrets buried beneath the earth of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving’s legendary Headless Horseman tale; the dreams of a monster and an ancient book with a life of its own in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu;” and stories that reveal Polidori’s hypnotic, archetypal Vampyre as far more than what he first appears to be. In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume in the Enter at Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers reimagine the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature. As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill. But there are other voices beneath the whisper. You can hear them crawling out of the growing darkness. Then the whispers become a scream...

With an introduction from acclaimed author Gary Braunbeck, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences invites you into the hidden shadows of four of the most famous dark fiction tales ever told.

Are you brave enough to enter?


"Highly recommended"
Gene O’Neill
Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach

“Audacious, innovative, shocking – a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark).”
Robert Dunbar
Author of The Pines and Willy

"I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book."
Sandy DeLuca
Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell’s Door

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Review

"Highly recommended"
Gene O'Neill
Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach

"Audacious, innovative, shocking - a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark)."
Robert Dunbar
Author of The Pines and Willy

"I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book."
Sandy DeLuca
Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell's Door
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stories within stories; spoken silences in the dark muses of yesteryear...", January 10, 2014
This review is from: Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences (Kindle Edition)
Given the nature of its theme, this collection was clearly a challenge. The fact that the editor included the original tales which were reimagined by their modern counterparts shows a kind of bravery and confidence in the contributors that is matched only by their ability to rise to the occasion. In a reverent intro from the brilliant Gary A. Braunbeck, he lauds both the extent to which Dr. Alex Scully is versed in academia and the impressive task each writer took in the modern retellings of classic tales. Editor’s notes from Dr. Scully reveal the conception of the theme and prepares us for a collection which answers questions these classics left in their wake...they are “stories within stories; spoken silences in the dark muses of yesteryear.”

Blaze McRob’s “The Wife and the Witch” is a clever reimagining of “The Black Cat”, told with a steady voice which is reminiscent of Poe without parroting it. His apparent ease with which he takes on the form of a female narrator lends itself to the emotional pull of this tale; he is successful in making us empathize fully with the protagonist’s loss of a loving companion: “He was my bastion of strength.”

Then Timothy Hurley’s brave, unexpected, and deft tribute in “Poe’s Black Cats” seems to steal the show with both language and content, with an eerie sense that he may well be channeling Poe with lines like “At my master’s side for seven years, I learned the practice of execution by hanging, and Mr. Malachi commended the alacrity of my acquisition of necessary skills.”

“Satisfaction Brought Her Back” is yet another brilliant take on the classic, though I wish I knew who to thank for such a clever and well-crafted tale.

T. Fox Dunham leads off the re-imaginings of Irving’s “Sleepy Hollow” and reveals an undeniable grasp on the art of prose: “He practiced a barren visage; showing no emotion would serve him best when he soon shared countenance with a demon wind.”...“As the evening fell upon the world and a gray mist flowed off the river, the water decorated with early Autumn decay--of leaves brown orange, and crimson, castoff from ungrateful trees to soak and sink...”

Carole Gill’s “Katrina’s Confession” follows, a thoroughly enjoyable and inventive postscript to the legend, with a darkly humorous ending that affirms the respective perks and price of beauty, youth, and being enchanted by a dark lord.

To choose favorite lines from the haunting “Horseman’s Tale” by Marcus Kohler would be like choosing a favorite child.

What can one say about Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” that hasn’t already been said? Nothing, other than writing fine tributes like Mike Chin and Gregory L. Norris do. These were impressive, like the others--but Lovecraft shines as the most difficult master to tackle, and the re-imaginings are perhaps the most valiant of all. Norris is one of the most prolific writers I have ever encountered, and somehow his unwavering balance of humility and infinite literary genius gives a unique flair to his writing which never fails to leave a deep chill in the bones.

The final challenge: Polidori’s “The Vampyre; A Tale”. The other glaring theme here--besides the obvious one of contemporary explorations of gothic classics--is the particular choices such as this one; the most ancient and pivotal ancestor of the genre. Once again, the modern counterparts meet, and likely exceed, the editor’s lofty expectations.

B.E. Scully doesn’t mess around, and sinks her teeth into the reader with her very first line: “The fangs of ice violating the defenseless windowpanes were a welcome intrusion into the otherwise slow suffocation of another winter season.” Talent obviously runs in the family.

After having Jon Michael Kelley on my “to read” list for some time, I was blown away by his talent--it is no surprise his work appears in other prestigious collections, all of which I intend to read and seek out his contributions. He writes with confidence and grace--“I had not intended to drain her to the extent that I did, and in doing so made an even bigger mess of the floor with my regurgitations. I was voracious, and justified that enthusiasm with the recollections of mornings spent watching her, craving her, coveting her and the elations she aroused in both real and subconscious states.”--and ends this fine anthology on a sublimely intelligent note with both historical and literary relevance.

The concern for repetition among the pieces is outweighed by the broad range of talent and seemingly endless abilities in re-examining these gothic classics. This collection is stellar...both in concept, creation, and delivery. 
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Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2 by Jessica A. Weiss and David C. Hayes (Mar 31, 2012)In our ever changing world we seem to become busier with less time to relax and enjoy the little things. We have rare occasions, of mere minutes, to ourselves. This collection of 99 flash fiction pieces is for just those moments. Let these authors take you on a ride through suspense, dreams, fantasy, space, and beyond. Pick up the morning coffee, open this book to any story and read before rushing off to school or work.

By Alex McDermott on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the horror world, there are two camps out there. There are the gore/ splatter/ violence fans and the dark, Gothic fans. Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2 is definitely for the literary horror community. 99 flash fiction pieces run the gamut! Werewolves, vampires, monsters under the bed and in your head creep from the shadows to haunt your nightmares.

This is a flash fiction collection and reads quickly. It was nice to just pick it up here and there for a quick scare! The stories really vary in style, theme, and monsters, so there really is something for everyone. There is very little gore here. Many of the stories are psychological fear in the tradition of Poe and many of the old masters. Here are a few of the truly outstanding stories in this huge collection: Iain Pattison "Dead Men's Shoes," B.E. Scully "Might as Well Live," Chris Bartholomew "The Favorite Picture," C.S. Nelson "The Passing of Camel," and Matt Kurtz "The Thing in the Woods."

I was very disappointed to see the large number of grammar errors throughout the collection. It was a disservice to the great writers here and the editor needs called on it. As with any anthology, not every story will please every reader. There's a mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and traditional horror in this one, so if your tastes don't run in a particular direction, you won't enjoy specific selections.
With the sheer number of stories here, you will find more than enough to satisfy the darker urges! This is an intense,. Gothic-style collection of great flash fiction. Grab this one! 
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Enter At Your Own Risk: Fires and Phantoms by Scully, B.E., Skye, Joshua, Smyka, Catherine R. and Cornwell, Ted (Nov 19, 2013)

Book Description

November 19, 2013
A collection of seventeen tales that explore the passions, lusts and longings that ignite the fires that inflame and consume us, leaving behind phantoms to rise from their ashes. In Firbolg Publishing’s latest ghostly, gay-themed addition to the Enter at you Own Risk series, a diverse range of acclaimed authors tell haunting tales of scorned lovers with malevolent secrets and vengeful surprises; of fateful obsessions, unleashed impulses, doomed affairs and desire stronger than death; of love that remains ruinously unrequited and love that triumphs over bloodcurdling odds. With an outstanding introduction from Robert Dunbar, Phantoms and Fires sets free gothic visions that manipulate our emotions and penetrate the deepest, most forbidden corners of our psyches—Enter… at your own Risk.

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong collection united by a memorable theme February 3, 2014
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“Fires and Phantoms” is yet another stellar collection in Firbolg’s “Enter at Your Own Risk” series. The pieces, both classic and contemporary, are well-matched, and successfully unite the voices and styles of many with one captivating theme.

Robert Dunbar’s introduction is a worthy tribute to the “haunting and impassioned, edgy and erotic” tales here, most of which could be mentioned as special for one reason or another, as each pay homage to the theme with beautiful writing and unique stories. The range of talent is broad and strong, but I did find myself repeating lines from Joshua Skye’s “The Neglected Ones” (“If melancholy had a home it was here.”) and B. E. Scully’s “Time for One More Show”(“long-vanished dancers click-clacking their heels in an undead cabaret.”)

As Dunbar says in the introduction, “Within these pages lurk all the darker hues of the rainbow. Revel in them.” 
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Dangers Untold by Braunbeck, Gary, de Bie, Erik Scott, Cohen-Moore, Lillian and Macklin, Ryan (Sep 25, 2012)

Book Description

September 25, 2012
"We think a monster can at least be killed; it's flesh and blood.
Therefore it can die.
If it doesn't die, it will always be there—lurking in our shadows."

Dangers Untold isn’t your normal horror anthology; not a vampire, zombie or werewolf to be found. Filled with unusual monsters and unexpected terror, Dangers Untold is a series of seventeen short stories from horror industry professionals who have a different take on what makes for good horror. From a legend come true to hidden artifacts in the ice to a child’s playmate, these tales will creep in through the cracks when you aren’t looking to linger in your mind long after you have closed the book. Keep the lights on because you’re about to read Dangers Untold.

This anthology, presented by The Horror Society and edited by award-winning editor Jennifer Brozek, Dangers Untold features stories by Gary Braunbeck, Erik Scott de Bie, Jason V Brock, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Nathan Crowder, and Ryan Macklin. Cover art by Shane Tyree.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Jen Lynn - Crimson Flower Review Team, February 21, 2013
This review is from: Dangers Untold (Kindle Edition)
When I was in my pre-teen years “Harry Potter” took something fearful and made it fun and exciting. “Twilight” followed. Then an explosion of romance seeking Vampires and hot southern born Warewolves. They went and took the horror out of a scary story. “Dangers Untold” an anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek and contributed too by member of The Horror Society, is brining horror back! Not only was I pleasantly surprised to read about not one vampire or zombie, but this was a book that kept me up on two separate nights. I was freaked out, I will be completely honest here! I was hearing things, seeing shadows, the works. No one short story in the anthology invoked these feelings of fear, it was the stories as a whole. The whole book will keep you on your toes, and the stories flow very nicely. I’m a horror fan, so I loved it, that being said this book was not written for the faint of heart. This is the only complaint I hold for this anthology. If you are not a true fan of all things horror, chances are you will not enjoy this book. As a reader, I never look to be turned off by a book within the first 50 pages; this one may have that effect if the reader isn’t a mega horror fan. Otherwise, it was a brilliant completion of stories from many authors, many backgrounds, and obviously many imaginations! I rate this book at 5 Flowers for the pure pull of imagination it will take any reader on. 
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The Knife and the Wound It Deals by Scully, B.E. (Nov 18, 2013)

Book Description

November 18, 2013
Thirteen tales of gothic terror, chilling suspense, and uncanny occurrences, The Knife and the Wound It Deals leaves no strange stone unturned in the journey down the extreme and disturbing pathways of the human psyche. The subtly shocking opening story introduces the terrible monsters that can determine our fate, from external realities like death and time to internal demons like madness, lust, and revenge. With a diverse range of settings, subjects, and themes, this collection connects the traditions of the gothic past to our equally disturbing present: a murder victim who refuses to stay buried; a World War II era wedding dress with a score to settle; the defeat and strange triumphs of death and bodily decay; a routine operation that reveals a horrifying secret world; an ancient burial ground that unearths a most bizarre set of corpses; the compulsions and consequences of desire, ambition, and dread… The Knife and the Wound It Deals—a dark and disturbing exploration of the lurid obsessions, strange twists of fate, and mysterious forces that haunt our darkest midnight hours, plus a preview of B.E. Scully’s critically acclaimed novel Verland: The Transformation.
5.0 out of 5 stars There is fear... just the way I like it. Poe would be Proud!, October 22, 2012
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B.E. Scully's debut novel, Verland: The Transformation, swept everything you thought you knew and assumed about the "vampire book" entirely away. It's Gothic, philosophical look at immortality, death, and the darkness inside each of us was an amazing first release. Her latest, The Knife and the Wound It Deals, is the perfect follow-up.

There are thirteen tales of terror, suspense, nightmares, and sheer fear in this one. From the dank halls of a decaying mental institution to twisted forests with leering faces, the horror spans time, place, and dimension. Opening with "This Thing Lives," we go inside the mind of a man determined to silence the beast within. But at what cost? What horrible price awaits him? "Champ's Last Round" crawls through moldering halls with only the criminally insane as friends or foes. "Age Will Be Responsible" merges the past and present into a horrific look at revenge, hatred, and judgment. "The Suffering Other" I can guarantee will keep you from the nearest hospital, possibly forever. "The Earth Shall Return Them" is a mystical tale of nightmarish proportion when an ancient community looks to their gods for vengeance. Ever really think about your heroes got that "touch?" Want to join them? "The Devil's in the Details" will make you think twice. Or three times when you look at your best friend next to you. These are just a few of the terrifying paths Scully takes us down.

Scully's a writer who knows how to make the words work. There's no cheap shot. There's no crushing eyeball, dripping blood, or torture scene. There is fear. Morbid fear that makes me turn on the light and pray for dawn. Just the way I like it. Poe would be proud.

Alex McDermott from The Kindle Book Review 
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Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices by Sperduto, Benjamin, A.A. Garrison, David Thomas and B.E. Scully (Sep 21, 2012)

Book Description

September 21, 2012
If Gothic masters like Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker could whisper new tales from beyond the grave, what stories would they create in response to increasingly urgent issues such as the threat of environmental collapse, the ongoing struggles for equal rights, and the innumerable challenges, thrills, and dangers of life in the 21st century? In this new anthology, classic Gothic tales are juxtaposed with modern short stories in a fascinating exploration of how much things change in the world of horror and chills—and how much they stay the same. The stories provide an engaging time travel through the twisted tunnels of the human psyche and the equally disturbing behavior that accompanies it—guilt, lust, revenge, regret, the eternal (and often deadly) power of love, the inseparable allure/repellence of evil… and the sceptered shadow of Death which lurks over all. Special treats from the classic authors include a rare, early story from Poe, and Bram Stoker’s “lost” chapter from Dracula. With 26 tales from three centuries’ worth of delightfully deranged minds, this collection reveals the astonishing scope of the Gothic writer’s incomparable genius for revealing our deepest emotions and penetrating our darkest dreams.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! October 4, 2012
By Jamie
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Positives: Excellent focus on true Gothic! So many writers/ editors miss the mark on what Gothic literature really is... this collection gets it! I love the thematic connection between the older stories and the modern writers. It gave the collection a cohesive feel and created conversation that's for sure. Excellent choice of classic authors as well, including Poe, Stoker, Lovecraft, Bierce and Maupassant. The Stoker was a really great find as it is a deleted chapter from Dracula and provides fresh insight into the novel. A few standouts in the new authors: B.E. Scully's amazing story "The Ground Always Wins," Carole Gill's piece "Love Among the Dead," Robbie Anderson's "Immovable Fear," Drew Keaton's "Something Remains," Alex McDermott's "Waking Dreams and the Space In-Between," Edward Medina's "The Emperor's Nocturne," and A.A. Garrison's "Riobatta."

Negatives: In every anthology there is bound to be a few you don't care for! This collection did not have many, but there a few. One was a bit predictable, one a little long and wordy, and one had a character that troubled me personally.

Summary: This is a huge collection with 26 stories! There is something for everyone here! The undead, vampires, vengeful spirits, haunted houses, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, unnamed things, and more... a must-read! 
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Enter At Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices by Various and Alex Scully (Oct 8, 2011)If Gothic masters like Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker could whisper new tales from beyond the grave, what stories would they create in response to increasingly urgent issues such as the threat of environmental collapse, the ongoing struggles for equal rights, and the innumerable challenges, thrills, and dangers of life in the 21st century? In this new anthology, classic Gothic tales are juxtaposed with modern short stories in a fascinating exploration of how much things change in the world of horror and chills—and how much they stay the same. The stories provide an engaging time travel through the twisted tunnels of the human psyche and the equally disturbing behavior that accompanies it—guilt, lust, revenge, regret, the eternal (and often deadly) power of love, the inseparable allure/repellence of evil… and the sceptered shadow of Death which lurks over all. Special treats from the classic authors include a rare, early story from Poe, and Bram Stoker’s “lost” chapter from Dracula. With 26 tales from three centuries’ worth of delightfully deranged minds, this collection reveals the astonishing scope of the Gothic writer’s incomparable genius for revealing our deepest emotions and penetrating

 Step into fear... dark, Gothic, haunting fear... By The Kindle Book Review on October 20, 2011

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So many writers/ editors miss the mark on what Gothic literature really is... this collection gets it!

This is not just a random collection of horror stories! Each story was selected based on a thematic connection between the older stories and the modern writers. Each "old master" has a "new voice" from a modern author side-by-side! The stories reflect a similar tone, theme, atmosphere, or subject and each is a clear indication that Gothic is alive and well in the twenty-first century! This thematic connection gave the collection a cohesive feel and created conversation that's for sure.

Excellent choice of classic authors as well, including Poe, Stoker, Lovecraft, Bierce and Maupassant. The Stoker was a really great find as it is a deleted chapter from Dracula and provides fresh insight into the novel. A few standouts in the new authors: B.E. Scully's amazing story "The Ground Always Wins," Carole Gill's piece "Love Among the Dead," Robbie Anderson's "Immovable Fear," Drew Keaton's "Something Remains," Alex McDermott's "Waking Dreams and the Space In-Between," Edward Medina's "The Emperor's Nocturne," and A.A. Garrison's "Riobatta."

This is a massive collection of 26 stories and there were a few that I did not for, but there is definitely something for everyone! For things that go bump in the night... a must-read!

Five Stars Jamie O'Connell from the Kindle Book Review 
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