It will need to be a pretty spectacular anthology to top what is on offer inside Shadows Over Main Street vol 2. Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward have assembled some brilliant writers who have delivered wonderful stories in this second volume of small-town, Lovecraftian style horror.
The tales contained within this anthology aren’t the type that goes straight for the throat, these stories simmer with unease and darkness, where shadows flutter in and out of your peripheral vision and the folk living inside of these towns who you thought you once knew turn out to be something else entirely.
It isn’t very often I give anthologies 5 stars, but today, I’m making an exception. There is something to enjoy with nearly every story in Shadows Over Main Street vol 2. This anthology features the likes of Joe Lansdale, John F. D. Taff, Michael Wehunt, Damien Angelica Walters and many more. The book gets off to a fantastic start with a one, two punch from Lucy A Snyder‘s Sunset on Mott Island-a nightmarish tale about the coming of the elder gods and James Chambers‘ A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills. chambers’ story has a strong musical theme, which I love! The music theme continues with William Meikle‘s excellent The Longdock Air. Wow!
Damien Angelica Walters story, 1570 kHz is an absolute doozy. It’s a sad story about a daughter wanting to understand her father who just sits in his garage all day listening to strange radio frequencies that seem to affect his personality. John F. D. Taff never disappoints and Shug is yet another excellent story by him. What on earth is being harvested in the fields and what is the strange blue light all about? This is just a great story, trust me, you will have no idea where this one is going. The Boy With The Golden Arm and Something In the Water are also both highlights and the book finishes strongly with Ronald Malfi‘s It Really Is A Beautiful Town.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best anthologies I’ve come across. The small-town horror vibe is perfectly captured and the Lovecraftian overtones are not overdone. Each story is complemented with artwork from the excellent Luke Spooner. If you’re looking for a collection of short stories to fill you with dread and fear, look no further. Shadows Over Main Street vol 2 is a must read.
5/5 shoggoths from the Grim Reader.
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Shadows Over Main Street Volume 2, Synopsis and Info
- Print Length:217 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Cutting Block Books (October 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2017
You know this place. Seems normal enough. But you know better, don’t you? You’ve heard rumors of strange histories. You’ve seen hints of dark deeds.
Turns out you can go home again, and the shadows will be waiting for you. Bram Stoker Award® nominated editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward bring you Volume 2 of their best- selling, critically-acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian anthology series. Within these pages, you’ll discover:
* America’s pastime awakening dark secrets buried deep within the earth.
* Vietnam War heroes who glimpse something worse than war and return home to discover a new kind of hell waiting for them.
* The music of a generation—of many generations—revealed as something older, hungrier and more insidious than a bad acid trip.
* A war-widow who rediscovers love and passion… only to cultivate the world’s end.
Featuring stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Gary A. Braunbeck, John F.D. Taff, Lucy A. Snyder, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Booth III, Jay Wilburn, Suzanne Madron, C.W. LaSart, Ronald Malfi, Eden Royce, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas Wynne, Michael Wehunt, Erinn Kemper, James Chambers and William Meikle. With a foreword by Laird Barron and stunning illustrations by Luke Spooner.
Every turn you take leads back to Main Street. We’ve been waiting. Welcome home.
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