David’s Haunted Library: The Beauty Of Death

David's Haunted Library

30732852There are a lot of horror anthologies out there and it’s not always easy to find one that you think you would like. That being said sometimes you find a horror anthology that when you see it you know you can’t go wrong. The Beauty Of Death: The Gargantuan Book of Horror Tales is that book. Edited by Alessandro Manzetti, this book includes stories by such great horror authors as Tim Waggoner, John Skipp, Poppy Z Brite, Peter Straub and many more. This is one mammoth collection that all horror fans should have.

One of my favorite stories in this collection is Carly Is Dead by Shane McKenzie. This story is told from the viewpoint of a rotting corpse in a field who is being eaten by the forest animals but is still aware of what’s going on. Who would have thought you could have sympathy for a corpse. Another good hard-core gore story is White Trash Gothic by Edward Lee. This one has to do with an author who gets amnesia due to a traumatic event and he travels to where he wrote his last book to find out what happened. I loved how Mr. Lee makes you feel compassion for the author and then throws him into a bizarre situation that will make you fear going to a small town.

Another one of my favorites was Calcutta, Lord Of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite. This one is about a boy born in Calcutta, he is moved to America but returns after his father dies and the zombie apocalypse starts. In Calcutta things are so bad it’s hard to tell the poor people from the zombies and weird things happen as we find out that the zombies may be worshiping an old God. My favorite scene in the book is when the lead character excepts that zombies are just part of the world now and he doesn’t think they’re that bad.

It’s really hard to pick favorites in this book and if I wrote about each story here this review would be a book in itself. Other stories that stood out for me were The Office by Kevin Lucia which is a psychological horror story about a  man who relives his life through his favorite place, his office. Another one is No Place Like Home by JG Faherty which follows a man who bought a haunted house that changes his life for the better. Things get bloody though when someone tries to get him to give it up. In The Garden is one by Lisa Morton that really got to me. In this one a woman lives in a house and is taking care of her crippled brother when something in her garden causes him to get better, I loved how Lisa made you feel compassion for the lead character and then hits you with a shock ending.

The Beauty Of Death deserves a spot on every horror fans book shelf. When I first saw it I knew I had to have it and I wasn’t disappointed. This book reminded me of The Year’s Best Horror anthologies that come out each year, but The Beauty Of Death has more to offer. Every story here has the anatomy of a good horror story and focuses on characters dealing with their worst fears and considering its length it will keep you scared and reading for a long time.

 

 

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Press Release: Songs For The Lost

cover_songslost_thEibonvale Press has released  ‘Songs For The Lost’ by Alexander Zelenyj. Here’s the low-down:

The lonely and the regretful and the downtrodden, the furious and the woeful and the damaged; all facing the futility of living in a world of malice, loss and loneliness; all desperately seeking salvation while forging through the miles of pain marking every step of the path to Paradise.

A farmer sings a nightly funeral dirge, summoning something from far across the fields

  • A cavalry troop finds Heaven or Hell in the hills
  • A reporter witnesses the final inexplicable moments of a saucer suicide cult
  • A boy and his grandfather hear a message from an un-guessed world beneath their feet
  • A boxer faces his greatest nemesis during the strangest of storms
  • A platoon is faced with a terrible choice in the jungle
  • A garage band and their loyal fans disappear as part of the fulfillment of a prophecy
  • An outpost of Roman Legionnaires is terrorized by an ancient evil
  • Two alien children forge a unique pact with two Earth children
  • A strange door opens in the middle of a burning summer day
  • A seasoned detective interrogates a vengeful angel responsible for the haunting of an entire city
  • A bounty hunter accepts a mission to hunt another man’s demon
  • A husband and wife receive a long-awaited message from the sky
  • A broken girl is bestowed a gift from the moon
  • A group of troubled misfits search for Heaven in a violent future
  • A brother and sister await the greatest fire the world will ever see…

All these Songs For The Lost, and other ghosts, too… This is a gigantic book of no less than 34 stories that you can savour and dip into for a long long time.

“Zelenyj is an absolute master of emotional horror, melancholy, passion, and the delicate art of drawing on classic pop-culture and genre forms to create something highly complex, challenging, and quite visionary.”         – Dick Hildebrand, Windsor Life Magazine. 

 Alexander Zelenyj is the prolific author of countless short stories published in magazines and anthologies in America and Europe. He is the author of the short fiction collection, ‘Experiments At 3 Billion A.M’ (Eibonvale, 2009) and the novel, ’Black Sunshine’ (Fourth Horseman Press, 2005). ‘Songs For The Lost’ is his third book. He lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and SF Canada.. His online home can be found at www.alexanderzelenyj.com.