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Classic Monsters Unleashed (Unleashed Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Stories of famous monsters in a new horror anthology featuring Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.
Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau, the Headless Horseman, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wicked Witch of the West—they're all here, in this collection of horror short stories that reimagine, subvert, and pay homage to our favorite monsters and creatures.
Written by the biggest names in the genre—including Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Owl Goingback, Richard Christian Matheson, Maurice Broaddus, Dacre Stoker, Seanan McGuire, Linda D. Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Mercedes M. Yardley, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary A. Braunbeck, Rena Mason, and Monique Snyman.
And monstrously illustrated by Colton Worley and Mister Sam Shearon.
Proudly represented by both Crystal Lake Publishing and Black Spot Books.
From the Publisher
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|Blurb||Six feet is not deep enough in this Mystery Thriller…||A guide to some of the best horror and supernatural books.||The spirits of the dead exist in this anthology, and they want to communicate.||25 interviews with legendary authors.||A psychological thriller of unimaginable horrors.|
"A monster of an anthology... [Classic Monsters Unleashed] has something for every horror lover."—Carrie Rasak, Booklist
"A star-studded lineup that succeeds in giving its audience a chance to fully immerse themselves in B-movie horror."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- ASIN : B09LYLJV6H
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (July 12, 2022)
- Publication date : July 12, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 4016 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 462 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,070 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2022
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There is good variety in the monsters/creatures featured across the collection. I think that Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and werewolves are the only ones to make multiple appearances with 2-3 apiece (pretty impressive in a collection of 29 stories).
That being said, most of the plots fell into just a handful of categories used in various combinations:
1. Classic monster returns to cause more mayhem.
2. Try to guess which monster this is about before the big reveal…
3. Recast monster as misunderstood victim and/or hero as the villain.
4. Gender swap characters.
5. Engage in social commentary on gender or race.
I preferred the stories that built on the already-established characters rather than completely re-imagining them, but that’s just my personal taste.
Stylistically, this was a mixed bag. Some stories felt stilted, as if the author was just phoning it in and checking off the boxes needed to make a creature feature. Others demonstrated creativity and variety in language usage (including annoying but clever use of textspeak in Dacre Stoker’s offering). I would say that the well-written outnumber the “meh.”
Overall, this is worth a read if you are into classic monster horror. However, as with many bulky themed anthologies, you might want to take some time between stories so that they don’t start to sound repetitive.
That is the overwhelming emotion I felt while reading this book. There's something amazingly comforting about revisiting old characters - Dracula, Frankenstein and his monster, The Wolf-Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and many more. It's like meeting an old friend on the street and stopping to chat for awhile and see what they've been up to since you last saw them.
These stories take the old classic characters and breathe new life into them in ways which are inventively new and clever while still showing the greatest respect for the original tales.
Most authors in this anthology will be familiar names to those who love horror, especially readers who have spent some time hanging around the indie scene. These are top-notch writers, and the stories, while depicting horrible things, are beautifully written with skill and finesse.
Normally with an anthology, I'd share three or four of my favorite stories, but with this one every story is so good that doing that doesn't seem fair. I will single one tale out, however: Kelsea Yu's "A Tale of Wickedness". If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it. It is a story both disturbing and heartbreaking, and I did not realize which monster it was based on until the very end. Prepare to have your childhood shocked into ruin with that story, folks.
This whole collection was a delight. If a horror book can make someone happy, this is the book to do it.