Sunday, February 15, 2015


I'm not sure how long the great anthology Fear The Reaper by Crystal Lake Publishing will be free, but get while it is. This is 404 pages of greatness! Hurry!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

October 19, 2013
Crystal Lake Publishing presents...


This is a journey into the life of Death; a journey through this world and the next on the words of twenty one of the best horror writers around.

Will you follow them to stare into the eyes of the Grim Reaper? Can you handle the true story of the birth of Death, or the minute details behind catching or escaping Death, becoming Death? Dying? These are not just stories but horrific experiences of pain and death: the deaths of lonely people, famous people, entire worlds, and the death of innocence and the pain of those left behind as they wait their turn, wondering what it will be like – no one is safe from the Reaper!

FEAR THE REAPER includes stories by: Taylor Grant, Joe McKinney, Rick Hautala, Gary Fry, Ross Warren, Marty Young, Stephen Bacon, Dean M Drinkel, Richard Thomas, Sam Stone, Eric S Brown, Mark Sheldon, Steve Lockley, Robert S. Wilson, Jeremy C Shipp, Jeff Strand, Lawrence Santoro, E.C. McMullen Jr., Rena Mason, John Kenny and Gary A. Braunbeck. Includes a poem by Adam Lowe.

Introduction by Gary McMahon.
Artwork by Ben Baldwin and Will Jacques.
Edited by Joe Mynhardt.

Format:Kindle Edition
The Collection of short stories in Fear the Reaper takes a look at death, and presents the grim reaper in its numerous guises. We get the tale of how death or the reaper came into being, what it looks like when a vengeful serial killer strikes and the brutal, dirty death in the armed forces.

In a tale about the end of the world and the ultimate death of all mankind, the author creates a wonderful sense of menace. Self-sacrifice and over protectiveness play a big role in other stories. Unfortunately the reaper comes for all in the end, thus creating poignant scenes throughout
the book.

Most of the stories in this collection are pure horror and blood chillingly scary. Yet, each story provides comment on human nature and the human race in general. The reaper appears as a boy, a beast, a thing of shadow and the original black cloaked man with his sithe. A crow shows itself as a portent of death, and sometimes death is just there, without form or shape, to claim its victims.

Two boys, unnaturally preoccupied with death and suicide, meet the reaper.
"He landed flat on his back, opened his eyes, and saw that Death was no longer a boy. In all his Grim Reaper glory, he stood over Trent and looked down with those red crackled eyes. Death wore black tattered robes now that swayed above Trent with shadow images of people trapped inside trying to get out."

The question about whether we should try and bring people back from death is also addressed. A medical doctor is abducted by vampires and the man with nine lives finds out that:
"He wasn't comfortable in his current unprotected state; for the first time in centuries, death would be permanent."

From the last moments of a selfish man and the macabre reward of someone who is obsessed with his own health, to drug experiments and a cure that can destroy the human race, this anthology of tales about death has everything that the horror addict can dream of. I must warn however, that some of these stories contain extreme violence, crude language and descriptive sex and may not be suitable for younger or sensitive readers.

Most of the tales told in Fear the Reaper have a wonderful twist at the end that will leave you shocked, horrified and, now and then, delighted. A book that will chill you to the bone and have you switching on all the lights at night, Fear the Reaper should appeal to all readers of the horror and dark fantasy genre. (Ellen Fritz)

4.0 out of 5 stars Ambiguous and Wonderful! January 1, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Do not read this book just before bedtime. If you do, you’re just setting yourself up for a sleepless night, watching the shadows grow and dance and become all kinds of scary creepy monsters, ready to eat you up. In other words, Fear the Reaper, an anthology published by Crystal Lake Publishing, is going to mindfreak you like it’s nobody’s business. The anthology revolves around the Grim Reaper, so obviously you can expect a lot of death, but every story – unique in its own way – has a distinctive take on ol’ Death.

Fear the Reaper is a very ambiguous anthology: you have your usual horror thrills and chills to look forward to, don’t worry, but hidden between the lines is some surprisingly deep themes.

There’s also a lot of variety to look forward to.

All in all, I liked it. I liked the cover art. I enjoyed the stories. I loved reading between the lines in search of that ambiguous meaning/theme (I do that for some weird reason). Basically, I think it’s a wonderful horror anthology to chill to, and if you’re in the mood to have your blood run cold, then you should definitely pick it up.

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