Edited by: Douglas Draa
Published by: Wildside Press
Pages: 258

Reviewed by: Naomi Downing

Another installment of Weirdbook has made it’s way into my hands. I have always liked reading anthologies because it gives you stories from different authors, it’s a great way to find new authors to read. I do want to say that the artwork on the cover really grabbed me the minute I saw it. Now because there are so many stories I can’t review each, so here is a selection of random stories you can find inside.

ICONOCLASM is a very interesting story. I really like how the author mixed Christianity with a paranormal elements. I still want to know more about the man in the white van.

EARLY SNOW is a great short story. With Halloween cancelled because of cold weather, two children are determined to go trick or treating. This story may be short but it’s full of emotion.

BRINGING THE BODIES HOME left me wanting more, I think it would be the beginning of a great book.

RESTORED is an interesting story about a woman trapped in a painting, sometimes things are not as they seem though. Very solid story with great descriptions.

PLAYING A STARRING ROLE didn’t end the way I was thinking, I was expecting a ghost not an immortal. This is another story that could be turned into a good book.

SANCTUARY this story went a different way than i expected. It really pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more.

THE THIRTEENTH STEP is a very creepy, descriptive story. I really felt pulled into the story, and it gave me a claustrophobic feeling. This story had to be my favorite out of the whole collection.

THE TREADMILL was definitely an interesting story. When the gym gets a new treadmill one man notices there is something wrong with it. This is definitely a story that would keep your from going on a treadmill.
GILA KING is the first poem you come to in the book. It is filled with great imagery.

THE OLD WHITE CRONE sounds like an old spoken folklore that you might hear around the campfire. I really liked how it was told in poem form, definitely added to the atmosphere of the story.

Each story in this volume is well written and entertaining, definitely a must read. The details in each story makes them really come alive. I’m definitely looking up some of these authors to see if they have other works out there, they have a writing style I liked and want more of.


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By Timothy Janson

Tim Janson has been an entertainment writer for 20 years whose credits include: Fangoria, City Slab, Newsarama, Collider, The Horror Review, Mania Entertainment, and several others. He is an avid collector of books and swords.

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