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I really enjoyed this anthropology of horror stories. They interesting, scary and a bit weird which makes it so great. The authors did a great job and I was able to plow through them all in about 2 days. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
I have enjoyed every book in the series and this one is no exception. This book contains great horror stories by some obviously very talented authors. My personal favorites are The Magenta Room and Til Death do us Part.
Like the previous two anthologies produced by these publishers I read, the stories within If I Die Before I Wake Volume 5 were pretty unique and interesting. Enough to want to read more of these anthologies.
If I Die before I Wake certainly spans a broad spectrum of tales of the undead. The scares here are spawned from dark magic, a few from outer space, Hell itself and more. There is a fun, pulpy tone to a lot of the collection which works better in some tales than others. The three standouts for me were as follows: Made in Hell for its mashup of mafia, prison and the occult making for some quite memorable imagery. Curiosity, which has a teasing, Twilight Zone style and excellent characterisation. From the Red Dirt does a tremendous job of setting us in Depression era America. The voice of the young protagonist is wonderfully drawn and the story is tense and moving. A really excellent piece. Thanks to Sinister Smile Press for allowing me to read an ARC of the collection
I really enjoyed the variety of stories included. The pacing and flow from story to story was nice. If you enjoy the Horror genre and are looking for a collection to be exposed to different authors, this book would be a great start.
I haven't read the first four books, but after reading this one they're all on my "to-read" list.