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Margaret L. Carter
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
These authors, along with many others, contributed to BEWITCHED, BOTHERED & BEVAMPYRED, published by Triskelion [...], a volume of interconnected funny (in fact, blatantly silly) stories set in a village inhabited by eccentric creatures of many different supernatural persuasions. The second volume will be released by Triskelion in October. The town of Mysteria is a slightly more serious treatment of the same concept, although still with a lot of humor. A wagon train of supernatural refugees from mundane civilization founded Mysteria, Colorado, in pioneer days. Now it remains a place where no people or creatures, however strange, are turned away, as long as they behave peaceably. The tales stand alone, although each contains an occasional allusion to the others. I found all four entertaining and emotionally satisfying. In Davidson's "Alone Wolf," Charlene, a real estate agent with an unfortunate secret built into her genes, sells a haunted house to a werewolf. In Gena Showalter's "The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them," Genevieve, a member of a family of triplets who are all witches, begs a love potion from one of her sisters for a single night of passion with the man she loves, who has so far inexplicably shunned her--with predictably chaotic results, including a fatal encounter with demonic flying monkeys. P. C. Cast's "Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)Wolf" stars a refreshingly mature heroine, high school teacher Candice, age forty, who differs from most residents of Mysteria in being not only non-magic but seemingly anti-magic. She falls in love with a former student in his twenties who happens to be a werewolf. My favorite is the first story, "Mortal in Mysteria," by Susan Grant. Harmony, a young minister, displays never-failing faith and optimism in dealing with her inability to attract a congregation to her newly founded church in the odd but pleasant community of Mysteria. When she prays to God for a sign, a naked man appears out of nowhere at her feet. "Damon" is actually a repentant demon banished from Hell for the crime of repeatedly performing kind deeds. In fact, it was he who rescued Mysteria's founders in the wilderness and guided them to the site of their settlement. He accepts his new mortality with determination to become a good man, a prospect made at the same time both pleasant and tormenting by the mutual attraction between him and Harmony. Naturally, Satan won't leave him in peace and sends assorted monsters and subdemons to attack the town. (That's where the demonic flying monkeys come in.) Needless to say, Harmony and Damon eventually find happiness together. A thoroughly fun and sweet tale! If the other three stories (although they're good, too) had impressed me as much as this one, my rating would have been a 4 or 5. I like the premise of a town inhabited mainly by supernatural beings, and I'm looking forward to the next Mysteria anthology.