At 371 pages, Eulogies II (edited by Christopher Jones, Nanci Kalanta and Tony Tremblay), is a hefty tome. However, buried within it’s pages are amazing stories that will keep you reading right until the very end. *(I did receive my copy awhile ago, but I lost the book halfway through reading it, to my boyfriend who suffers from intermittent insomnia. He started it one night and was hooked, so I let him finish it before I took it back for myself.)
The stories in the anthology cover a wide variety of themes, from monsters who come out at night to the darkness that resides inside humans.
While all the stories in the anthology were well-written and entertaining, here are some of the stories that I feel deserve extra mention:
Spare the rod by Lucy A. Snyder: Jake and his brother Sam have a discussion over beers about child rearing and how to deal with a child who isn’t growing up the way he should.
A Serving of Nomu Sashimi by Eric J. Guignard: Terry works hard, but no matter what he always seems to fall short of top sales reps. When he’s invited out for dinner with the others, he realizes their success is reliant on far more than just hard work.
Chiyoung and Dongsun’s Song by T.T. Zuma: Written like a Chinese folklore tale, this story teaches us a lesson in acceptance as we follow the love struck Dongsun in his attempt to court the beautiful Chiyoung.
The Bore by John McIlveen: Munroe Dolan is the world’s most boring person… or so he thinks.
The Second Carriage by Jonathan Templar: When Danny comes across a train set in the attic, he realizes he has found much more than just a toy.
The Cat in the Cage by Nicole Cushing: Pets are supposed to alleviate stress, but as Sheila realizes, sometimes they can also be the cause of it.
Mister Whisper by James A. Moore: Four escaped convicts steal a car from a household and end up tangling with something they never expected.
The Miracle Material by Abra Staffin-Wiebe: A new material is found from the depths of the ocean. Humanity uses it for their needs, but this material comes with a cost…
Over all, Eulogies II – Tales From The Cellar was a great read which I’d suggest to anyone who loves short stories and horror.
I highly recomMandy it.
You can pick it up here on Amazon.
Five out of Five Stars
I’m also the second story in the book AND the first author mentioned in the foreword.
For those looking for an erotic spin on the usual zombie genre, be sure to check out the newly released anthology, “Fifty Shades Of Decay” by Angelic Knight Press.
I’m proud to say it contains my story “Dead Things Don’t Rise”.
“What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fufilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated?
Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun… ”
Speaking of mistresses, how about the newest anthology put out by Dark Moon Books, “Mistresses of the Macabre”.
Filled with stories by 18 gruesome girlies, (I make up one of the 18 with my twisted tale “Morning Sickness”), you can’t go wrong with this new anthology.
Interested in learning more about the authors?
Check out the interviews from Women In Horror Month here.
(Of course it links to my interview…) 😉
Interested in a personalized copy? I’ll be ordering my copies for sale soon.
If you can’t wait, you can get a copy of “MoM” here. (Amazon)
Thanks for reading
Strangehouse Books takes horror, erotica and a dash of weird, pops everything into a blender and liquifies it into what becomes Strange Sex, a Strange Anthology. Each of stories toe the imaginary lines between right and wrong. Your reaction to the stories will depend greatly on how twisted your mind is, they will either gross you out or turn you on but overall they will entertain you with a new idea. If you’re tired of all the “usual” horror stories (or bored of the regular guy on girl erotica), this is definitely the book for you.
When it comes to short stories, it’s difficult to say something about it without giving too much away. (This explains why some of the story descriptions sound like movie tag lines.)
No spoilers have been used in the writing of this review.
Interloper by D.F Noble – A man who’s life has been thwarted in life seeks answers. He manages to find them in the most unusual place.
Love Bites by David C. Hayes – Andy Crank has a disturbing fetish and no one to share it with. Until he comes across the newscast from which stems the idea that changes his life.
Pulmonary Ed by Rich Bottles, Jr. – Pulmonary Ed is the kind of loser you don’t want near your children, however, he eventually finds himself in a position of authority over the public. As scary as the latter sounds, Ed doesn’t work alone.
Appetites by Mike Lombardo – Everyone has a sexual appetite, but in some, it’s much stronger than others.
Foreigner by D.F. Noble – It seems like you haven’t been yourself lately… in more ways than one.
The Language of Love by Amanda Williams – Aliens have managed to coexist with humans for years. A young woman begins to wonder if it would it possible for a human and her dinosaur like teacher’s assistant to connect on “other” levels?
Deth Morgue by Elizadeth Hetherington – Edith is a quiet, lesbian coroner who normally keeps to herself. That is until Morianna, the sultry new employee, shows up for her first day of work.
Vagary by Justin Roberts – Sam’s sexual appetite is starting to rule his life. When he confides in his friend Eric about his issue, Eric tells him about a whorehouse where, as long as you follow the rules, all your fantasies can come true. However, the rules are never to be broken, as Sam will soon find out.
F*ck or Feast by Craig Mullins – Normals and mutants now inhabit the world turned wasteland. You are captured, taken prisoner and brought to the city, Darkham. You and two other normals are taken to a room where you’re left in wait. Unfortunately, your future doesn’t look very promising.
Cinnamon by D.F. Noble – In 2032, humans have perfected androids for all their needs. Cinnamon is the first self-aware android who’s had enough of human need and decides to do something about it.
Cotton Candy by Kevin Strange – Girls in a literature class receive a strange text from their professor informing them to meet in the classroom at 8pm on a Saturday. When they arrive, the classroom is strangely filled with plush animals and furry costumes. On the desk is a manuscript entitled “Cotton Candy” penned by their recently absent teacher which will hopefully explain what’s going on.
Necrosaurus Rex by Nicholas Day – When things go wrong for Alice, they really go wrong. Martin, a janitor struggles with who he really is. Time travel and dinosaurs add element of science and mystery to this strangely erotic tale of finding out where you belong.
The Sexorcist by Kyle Noble – A young girl is possessed by a powerful demon and the priests understand the only way to rid her of her unwanted guest is to perform a sexorcism.
Strange Sex: A Strange Anthology can be purchased here in paperback format.
*(The great cover art was thanks to Shamus Beyale and his website can be found here.)
I deem this book Mandy-tory reading.