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Monstronomicon: 100 Horror Stories from 70 Authors (Haunted Library) Paperback – December 14, 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (December 14, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 738 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1791711391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1791711399
- Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.85 x 9 inches
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- #54,056 in Horror Literature & Fiction
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First was the format and editing. It was clear that this book was not professionally edited. A few misspelled words do not bother me, but when there are unnecessary formatting issues (such as the authors’ names being written twice on some stories, once on the others) it becomes distracting. Many stories had odd line breaks in the middle of sentences or were just poorly structured. I would highly recommend investing in a professional editor to eliminate these problems.
My second hang-up was around the order of the stories. They seemed to be in no discernible pattern. I would have preferred it if the book was split up into chapters. Perhaps one chapter could include psychological monsters, another for spiritual ones, etc. This would give the reader a sense of organization and forward motion as they progressed through the book. As it stands now it feels like the stories were amassed as one might pile up dirty laundry on the floor.
Despite these two major qualms, the works included in this anthology are phenomenal. It has everything one might want from monster-centered horror. I read about huge, Lovecraftian terrors to skittering, insectile beasts. I come from a psychological horror background and was pleasantly surprised to see that some of the worst monsters were humans. I want to highlight a few stories that I particularly enjoyed.
The first I would like to showcase is called “Giggle” and is by the author Derek Hawke. I won’t spoil the story, but the amount of lore-building Hawke was able to do in such a short span was impressive. As a reader I feared for the main character but also marveled the situation. The truth is that there are terrors far bigger than the giggle in the nighttime.
I also enjoyed “ADINN” by Jesse Clark. Clark paints a beautiful picture of a world that may or may not be contained within a computer. I found myself rooting for the narrator while also questioning what was real. It didn’t rely on scares to make the reader afraid. Instead, Clark created both a claustrophobic and desolate landscape that built up the nervousness and sense of urgency in the narrative.
Finally, I want to round my top three picks with a classic monster story. “The Witness” by Edyth Pax-Boyr, gives us a creature to fear while also creating a realistic world for it to exist in. In truth, it is a story of loss and what that looks like for different people. I loved the description of the monster. It left enough up to my imagination that I was satisfyingly disturbed. It also has an ending you will not want to miss.
Just like any anthology, there were some stories I enjoyed more than others, but overall the scope of the production is inspiring. There was a vast array of storytellers to satisfy even the pickiest critic. I am monstrously impressed with the dedication each author gave to their craft. This is a book I will go back to again and again to find new meanings and discover old fears.
One caveat. There are a LOT of typos and grammatical mistakes.
Top reviews from other countries
BAM - the story's immersion: gone because "it's" grammatical correctness is apparently not priority enough to run the story through a spell check. I am really disappointed. I'm used to it on Reddit, I get it, it's free... But come on. Did you really just want to make a quick buck by copy pasting? Put in some effort please.
Man sollte schon gute Englischkenntnisse haben, sonst schmällert einen die Vokabelsuche
Von 100 Geschichten haben mir 85 gefallen.
Ein guter Schnitt..