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Forgotten Ones: Drabbles of Myth and Legend Hardcover – March 7, 2020
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The battle is upon us, and the old gods are waking.
Tremble as you rediscover the darkness that came before, the darkness that could eat the world. Within these pages gods of fable, creatures of lore, and ancient rituals have been brought back to life in over two hundred drabbles of exactly one hundred words each.
Delve into the madness created by award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world. We dare you to remember the fear of the unknown and to dive headfirst into ancient mysteries.
The old gods have awoken, and with them chaos will reign again.
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"Of all the drabble anthologies I have read, this is the absolute best. Every story is unique, thought-provoking, and complete. The authors who write these stories have honed their skills to exacting perfection. Every single word carries tremendous weight to weave an engaging, twisted tale with unexpected endings. You will discover monsters aren't always under-the-bed, imaginary friends can be dangerous, blood sacrifices require blood, contracts for the exchange of souls should be read thoroughly, doppelgangers are unwanted, never trust a skinless man and horse, beware of cucumber-lovers with large appetites..."
"There's something for everyone. Myths and legends get their time in the sun here, such as Greek (Aphrodite A.D.), German (Nidstang), Japanese (Tsukumogami), even the Cthulhu Mythos (The Mountain). Like Ouija Boards? Go that! (Broken Board). How about Holiday Terror? Got you covered! (The Yule Cat). Demonic Conjuring? Yup that's here! (The Summoning)."
"Best book of drabbles I've read so far.
A drabble is a short-story of exactly 100 words. What author's such as K.T. Tate, Mark Anthony Smith, Michelle River and Ximena Escobar accomplish with such restrictions are terrifyingly impressive. From tales of Baba Yaga, Thor, HP Lovecraft inspired madness and Poseidon, this collection boasts an incredible range and depth of story."
About the Author
- Publisher : Eerie River Publishing (March 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1777041007
- ISBN-13 : 978-1777041007
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.63 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,810,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
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Somewhere on Facebook (probably), I found a link to the Eerie River Publishing anthology "Forgotten Ones: Drabbles of Myth and Legend." Although I’ve written a drabble or two in my time, and have had them published in various anthologies, I’ve never read a drabble anthology cover to cover.
I guess the concept never really appealed to me (ducks as objects by drabble authors are thrown at my head).
And that was how I started reading “Forgotten Ones.” I quickly picked up on each author’s source material in mythology and theology, but they just didn’t seem to float my boat. At heart, I’m a short story to novella writer. I thrive on character development, painting a scene with broad strokes, and then highlighting it with subtle pens and pencils. A 100-word drabble just doesn’t allow for that.
Then I remembered my dim past when I used to read poetry. This was a long, long time ago, and I’ve lost the touch for appreciating a poem.
However, when I encountered an actual 100-word poem in the anthology, as opposed to a narrative, all that changed. I shifted my perspective, and considered that even haiku, which I wrote in High School (when dinosaurs roamed the Earth), could relate meaning and evoke thought and emotion with just a tiny handful of words.
So I continued reading, and yes, enjoying these drabbles. There are a lot of them representing a large group of writers.
Actually, the drabble content comprises a little more than 80% of the ebook, which I found disappointing, just as I was “getting into” reading drabbles. However, each author was allowed a paragraph or two at the end of the book to describe themselves and post links.
What I found (finally) enjoyable, was the ability to stick just a toe into so many, many different mythological expressions, picking out the various gems. There were too many to narrow down to favorites.
What I would have changed if I had been the publisher, is that for each bio at the end of the book, I would have linked back to the story or stories that author had (metaphorically) penned, so I could make connections. A link from a story to the bio would also have been helpful. That way, should I decide on a few favorites, I could further explore those favored writers and their other works.
Another advantage is that, even with a page count of 271 (if it were a hardcopy book), drabbles can be incredibly fast reads. So if you want something to engage with, but you don’t have a huge amount of time (or are interrupted frequently), it’s the perfect medium.
Keep that in mind when you’re looking for something to read.
Oh, and I absolutely love fiction based on mythology and theology, so this collection was right up my proverbial alley.
There were so many of these that were written beautiful and had a great punchline, but there were also some that just didn't do it for me, which is something you can see with any collection. Still, I did enjoy the stories but I'm not sure if drabbles are something I'm going to read a lot in the future as I feel like I will always want more in some way.
I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.