Night Shadows: Queer Horror Paperback – Oct 16 2012
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About the Author
J.M. Redmann has written five novels, all featuring New Orleans private detective Michele Micky" Knight. Her third book, The Intersection of Law & Desire won a Lambda Literary Award. Lost Daughters and Deaths Of Jocasta were also finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. She currently resides in New Orleans.
Greg Herren is a New Orleans-based author and editor. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he is also a co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which takes place in New Orleans every May. He is the author of ten novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winning Murder in the Rue Chartres, called by the New Orleans Times-Picayune the most honest depiction of life in post-Katrina New Orleans published thus far." He co-edited Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections on New Orleans, which also won the Lambda Literary Award. He has published over fifty short stories in markets as varied as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine to the critically acclaimed anthology New Orleans Noir to various websites, literary magazines, and anthologies. His erotica anthology FRATSEX is the all time best selling title for Insightoutbooks. Under his pseudonym Todd Gregory, he published the bestselling erotic novel Every Frat Boy Wants It and the erotic anthologies His Underwear and Rough Trade.
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I haven't read such a book since 2002 when Michael Rowe's Queer Fear came out. That book, along with its successor Queer Fear 2, was an ambitious and critically acclaimed collection that thrust "queer horror" into the spotlight and filled a vacancy in the horror genre that hadn't been occupied before. Now Night Shadows: Queer Horror continues that fine tradition with a fresh, new collection of stories that encompass many facets of horror, not just the fanged and furred kind.
I am a big fan of anthologies but I am always prepared for each one I read to be a mixed bag;there are always some stand outs and some clunkers. This time, however, I found that each story was a worthy entry and the collection as a whole made for happy reading. Here are my favorites:
The Zealous Advocate by Carsen Taite; a well written, bloody revenge story...
Matinee by Vince A. Liaguno is another juicy revenge story and also an ode to the slasher horror films of the 80s...
Capturing Jove Lunge by Steve Berman was for me the most erotic entry in the book; a darker, pulpy tale ..
All The Pretty Boys by Michael Rowe is another of the sexier entries here, a seductive werewolf story...
Filth by 'Nathan Burgoine is one of the creepiest stories I've read in a long time. I literally felt my skin crawl as I read it...my favorite of the bunch!
Blackout by Jeffrey Ricker is an eerie ghost story, well told by the author who keeps the tension mounting throughout the entire piece.
As I said, each of the stories here are good, solid tales but these listed here are for me well worth the price of admission alone. Night Shadows: Queer Horror does an excellent job of exploring and celebrating the gay horror genre and will appeal to fans of horror from every walk of life.
The stories in this anthology are quite diverse and all well-written. The longest is the final story, "Ordinary Mayhem" by Victoria A. Brownsworth, exploring the connection of a uniquely-talented photographer to her deceased grandfather. I also liked Steve Berman's delicious "Capturing Jove Lunge," about a man who is summoned to pose for an eccentric mogul who lives for his art and his plants. Felice Picano offers "Room Nine," a fable suggesting a sinister reason for outsourcing. The other stories are similarly unique and engaging.
One of the better anthologies I have encountered in recent years, and I give it a full five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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