Top positive review
Each story is well-created, well-written, and well-edited
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
5 Gates of Hell: A Horror Anthology by John West et. al., is a horror anthology with twenty-five different horror stories that will lead you closer to the fiery depths of torment.
If you like scary stories with distinctive voices and styles, then this is the anthology for you. I was in awe of the different stories and I enjoyed nearly every single one. My favorites were ones with strong female leads and poetic ways of writing. But, again, if you have a different horrific taste, then you’ll find something in this collection that you’ll enjoy.
But before I get into my favorite stories, and why you should also love them, I want to call out the professional writing and editing style of this anthology.
Each story is well-created, well-written, and well-edited. As I mentioned, the voices are unique and brought out through each story. There were two stories in particular that I found striking, and they were placed one after another, which only heightened the differences in writing; I found it really worked for the anthology. The two stories were “The Repossed” by James Dorr and “Billabong” by Catherine McCarthy. As a fellow editor and publisher, I really appreciate how these two stories turned out.
Now, to my favorite stories. I want to call out “Ghost in the Machine” by Rich Restucci, “101 Days” by Marie Lanza, “Hotel California” by Davina Rush, “The Niche Thing” by Alex R. Knight III, and “Mad: A Poem” by R. L. Burwick.