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Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror Kindle Edition
Uncover the secret annals of untold history in these eighteen medieval manuscripts. Each tortured scribe will bring you face to face with ancient horrors lurking in cursed castles, wild woodlands, haunted hamlets, and mysterious monasteries.
Including a lineup of authors both established and emerging, HOWL Society Press presents the first-ever anthology of historical horror from the medieval period, fittingly introduced by the writer who arguably started it all: Christopher Buehlman, author of the medieval horror epic Between Two Fires.
"The Crowing" by Caleb Stephens
"Angelus" by Philippa Evans
"Palette" by J.L. Kiefer
"Brother Cornelius" by Peter Ong Cook
"In Thrall to This Good Earth" by Hailey Piper
"In Every Drop" by Lindsey Ragsdale
"Deus Vult" by Ethan Yoder
"The Final Book of Sainte Foy's Miracles" by M.E. Bronstein
"A Dowry for Your Hand" by Michelle Tang
"The Mouth of Hell" by Cody Goodfellow
"The Lady of Leer Castle" by Christopher O'Halloran
"Schizzare" by Bridget D. Brave
"The King of Youth vs. The Knight of Death" by Patrick Barb
"The Forgotten Valley" by C.B. Jones
"The Fourth Scene" by Brian Evenson
"White Owl" by Stevie Edwards
"A Dark Quadrivium" by David Worn
"The Lai of the Danse Macabre" by Jessica Peter
- ASIN : B09X23S42F
- Publisher : HOWL Society Press LLC (May 12, 2022)
- Publication date : May 12, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 9023 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 : 340 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,306 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2022
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Three stories that I would say are great are:
Especially - "The Final Book of Sainte Foy's Miracles" by M.E. Bronstein - very impressed with this one, somewhat in the style of the novel 'Between Two Fires',
also - "In Thrall to This Good Earth" by Hailey Piper, and "The King of Youth vs. The Knight of Death" by Patrick Barb.
Others were all mostly good or at least worth a quick read through.
However I didn't think - "White Owl" by Stevie Edwards, was worth reading. It didn't really make sense or have a solid idea what it was.
"The Mouth of Hell" by Cody Goodfellow, could've been a lot better, felt a bit rushed.
"The Fourth Scene" by Brian Evenson, was a great concept, but too short and with not enough going on.
Can definitely recommend this collection though.
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‘Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror’ is a collection of historical horror stories published by the HOWL Society (Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society).
The anthology is edited by P.L. McMillan and Solomon Forse with a Foreword by Christopher Buehlman.
As the publishers describe it: ‘Uncover the secret annals of untold history in these eighteen medieval manuscripts. Each tortured scribe will bring you face to face with ancient horrors lurking in cursed castles, wild woodlands, haunted hamlets, and mysterious monasteries.’
I appreciated Christopher Buehlman foreword titled: ‘Writing Medieval Horror Fiction for Fun and … Well, Mainly for Fun’. He writes of the painstaking research he undertakes in order to get the small details about a culture, landscape, architecture, and the like historically accurate. He also writes of the importance of religion and the perceived reality of demons and Hell to those living during those times.
While these issues might not matter to all readers they are important to me as when reading historical fiction of whatever sub genre I seek an immersive experience and don’t like my attention being pulled away by glaring anachronisms.
It did seem that the editors approached the anthology in this spirit and curated this collection accordingly. They have structured each story as part of a tour with a Curator providing a short introduction to each tale along with an illustration of a corresponding artefact. I felt that it gave the anthology a sense of flow as well as introduced a touch of humour into the darkness.
As with any collection of stories there were ones that stood out more than others for me. Still, they all provided a consistent level of writing and excellent storytelling that held my attention throughout.
I will admit that I did find the degree of body horror in some tales rather strong for my taste, though I continued reading. I had to wonder if those contributors were seeking to outdo one another in producing the grossest scenes? Certainly memorable!
I loved the way the anthology was presented with striking cover art that set the stage for the contents. The book was rounded off with short biographies for each contributor, including the artists. Each was accompanied by a cartoon portrait with the subject dressed in medieval garb.
I would definitely recommend ‘Howls From the Dark Ages’ to all readers of horror fiction.
Thematically, the stories fit well together. The editing was superior to what I usually find at this price point. There might have been one or two subtle plot holes. In general, all the tales transported me to strange settings. And the last entry was a rhymimg tale that drew me in. That was the first piece of long-poetry I have completed, let alone enjoyed, in decades.