A few of my digital friends have followed me on here, so I guess I should give them something to read, yes?!
I think I will start off with a little review of a anthology that I recently finished.
Cohesion Press do military horror! In case you are wondering what on earth that is, well if you think about Predator, Aliens and Doom-movies and games of that ilk then that’s a pretty good idea of what military horror is (to me anyway)
The SNAFU series of anthologies has been very consistent when it comes to quality. It all started with SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror in 2014. This volume featured Jonathan Maberry, Westen Ochse, Greig Beck and James A. Moore! (I know, pretty damn impressive!) It was a terrific read and instantly put Cohesion Press on my radar. I picked up the following accompanying anthology SNAFU: Heroes. I finished that and was again impressed. SNAFU: Wolves at the Door was next and then last year SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest came along and briefly outsold Stephen King in digital sales over in the U.S.
SNAFU: Hunters is the latest release from Cohesion Press and let me tell you it is a belting read! Most of the stories follow a similar formula; as the title suggests our teams are on the hunt, often in search of some form of monster! It is a formula that over 13 stories should get tedious…but it doesn’t. Editor Geoff Brown loves this sort of stuff (as do I) and the stories he has selected are absolute top, top draw. I really had something positive to say about every one included in the collection but I will just briefly highlight a few of my favourites here.
APex Predator kicked things off in some style with a team of genetically modified warriors are given the task of taking down a predecessor who has gone rogue. Action, action, action, blood and guts put a huge smile on my face and left me wanting more. Speaking of more-James A Moore’s That Old Black Magic was another highlight. The character Jonathan Crowley is a demon-like soldier who helps out a team of grunts in tracking and taking down another demon entity. It is also the longest story in the collection, but one of the best too. Warm Bodies by Kirsten Cross sees a team training exercise get very real as a new breed of vampire called a Taint attacks a group of soldiers. It’s fun, fast and gruesome, breathing new life into the tired old vampire. Towards the end of the book there are three back-to-back stories that I really enjoyed. The Secret War, Outbreak and Droch-Fhola aren’t hugely original, but are excellent stories in their own right before Patrick Freivald closed things out with a short story from his Matt Rowley novels in Bonked. I felt like I was reading a comic book to be honest with this one but there was enough gore and action to keep me engaged till the end.
This series, for me is getting stronger and stronger. The only problem I see for Cohesion Press in the near future is how they are going to top this!
SNAFU: Future Warfare drops at the end of April, so I wont need to wait long to find out!