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Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters

Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters

Edited by: John Langan & Paul Tremblay
Published by: Prime Books (September 6, 2011)
Page Count: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1607012847
ISBN-13: 978-1607012849
Where to Buy:
Prime BooksAmazon, and other fine book retailers

About the Book:
Monsters – As old as the oldest of stories, as new as our latest imaginings. From the ancient stone corridors of the labyrinth to the graffitied alleyways of the contemporary metropolis, they stalk the shadows. Leering from the darkness of the forest, jostling for space in our closets, they walk, crawl, creep and scuttle through our nightmares. Close as the clutter under the bed or the other side of the mirror, they are our truest companions. Creatures features the best monster fiction from the past thirty years, offering a wide variety of the best monster stories including original stories from the field”s most relevant names and hottest newcomers including Clive Barker, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Kelly Link, China Mieville, and Cherie Priest.

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today I am pleased to bring you another review from our ghoulish guest minion, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. I would personally like to thank him for bringing this book to our attention… I know this is going on my Yule list. But we’ll just let Joe tell you about it! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

1 – I’m a big fan of Langan’s Mr. Gaunt, so when news of this came, I wanted! !!

2 – The ToC. Once eyeballed want ratcheted up to NEED!

Here’s the ToC:

IT CAME AND WE KNEW IT
“Godzilla’s Twelve-Step Program” by Joe R. Lansdale
“The Creature from the Black Lagoon” by Jim Shepard
“After Moreau” by Jeffrey Ford
“Among Their Bright Eyes” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
“Under Cover of Night” by Christopher Golden
“The Kraken” by Michael Kelly
“Underneath Me, Steady Air” by Carrie Laben

IT CAME WE COULD NOT STOP IT
“Rawhead Rex” by Clive Barker
“Wishbones” by Cherie Priest
“The Hollow Man” by Norm Partridge
“Not from Around Here” by David J. Schow
“The Ropy Thing” by Al Sarrantonio
“The Third Bear” by Jeff Vandermeer

IT CAME FOR US
“Monster” by Kelly Link
“Keep Calm and Carillon” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Deep End” by Robert R. McCammon
“The Serpent and the Hatchet Gang” by F. Brett Cox
“Blood Makes Noise” by Gemma Files
“The Machine Is Perfect, the Engineer Is Nobody” by Brett Alexander Savory
“Proboscis” by Laird Barron

IT CAME FROM US
“Familiar” by China Mieville
“Replacements” by Lisa Tuttle
“Little Monsters” by Stephen Graham Jones
“The Changeling” by Sarah Langan
“The Monsters of Heaven” by Nathan Ballingrud
“Absolute Zero” by Nadia Bulki

Landsdale, Partridge, Files, Valentine, Link, Tuttle, all favorites of mine. And everyone who knows me knows Barron and Mieville are masters in my eyes. As I said, NEED! The rest of the ToC is full of mind-bending talent as well. So really, it’s NEED! NEED! NEED!

3 – Got lucky scored a copy!! Oh happy day! In time for Halloween a BIG TREAT! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First 6 lines of the intro I get Frankenstein, Beowulf, and Leviathan – you know that line about she had me at hello? You ever need carnival barkers hire Tremblay & Langan, they know how to hook a starry-eyed dreamer!

I’m not one for spoilers [*Editor's note: Neither are we!], so I won’t give details on any of the tales, many of which I hope you’ve read! Like Landsdale’s – to me, CLASSIC! !! You know Joe, he’s a national treasure! Great going back to an old friend, or is it fiend?

30 years of monsters, almost 30 tales. A few of which are new! The anthology has 4 introductions. Each a delight and upfront let me say I LIKE themed anthologies and these presenting our monsters from 4 views is rock solid. I’ve heard many say, ‘but they left this out,’ or ‘how did they not use that’? Not only as a reader, but as an editor and writer, the thought they, Tremblay & Langan, missed something never occurred to me.

Most often I read anthologies cover to cover and this was no exception. I know more than a few readers enjoy hoping around between covers, don’t! Tremblay & Langan have chosen well, and their insights in each of the 4 introductions makes for smooth and logical reading.

Final Thoughts:
Did I have favs? Yep. The 1st section truly delighted me! May have been my mood, but boy was I having a blast!!!
On some lonesome nights in cold October this one wrapped 5 tentacles around me. Get ya a copy and get caught up in the madness!!!

Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. – Guest Minion (Reviewer)

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