>The Spectrum Collection
The Spectrum Collection is the second release from Dark Continents Press. Like it’s predecessor, Pray, it offers up an excellent read.
Within its pages are ten tales of dark speculative fiction, from in the main relatively new authors. There are tales of ghosts, evil old women, vampires, zombies, and mutant spider women. So far so good.
It’s common in such collections that the quality can vary greatly between each story, from excellent to plain awful. Thankfully John Prescott, knows his stuff, the tales told here range from very good to excellent. There are a couple of poems here, I won’t comment on them as I have never got poetry, well other than dirty limericks.
So what are my favourite tales.
The Elms, Morecambe – Simon Kurt Unsworth. this is a heart wrenching ghost story, that sticks with you long after finishing it. Simon Kurt Unsworth is quickly turning into one of my all time favourite short story writers.
Wicked Appetites – Sylvia Shults. A tale of vampires, mutants and an author trying to make in big in a world after the Happening. nice twist at the end
Lemminaid – Carson Buckingham . An extremely well crafted chilling ghost story about revenge and retribution. . This is only the second time I have read Carson’s work. Must change that and track down more of her work. This is writing of a first class standard.
Archies Tale David M. Youngquist It pains me to pick a zombie tale, I’m just burned out to the zombie genre. But credit must be given for a well told and action packed zombie tale, that keeps me reading to the end. A hard task for zombie tale.
The End of Leonard Bangston – John Prescott. A tale of getting to know your family a little to well and the nasty old woman who lives at the end of your street. That’s all I,m saying other than it will be a long time before I eat brawn again.
Come on folks support the new boys in town and grab your self a copy available from all the usual online ebook sellers