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Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories (Anthology) (2016) — Toimittaja — 71 kappaletta
Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (2020) — Toimittaja — 60 kappaletta
Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (2017) — Toimittaja — 43 kappaletta
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories - One Legendary Venue (2018) — Toimittaja — 21 kappaletta
The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors (2022) — Toimittaja — 15 kappaletta
Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 (2017) — Toimittaja — 8 kappaletta
Welcome to the Show 8 kappaletta

Associated Works

Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (2019) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Zombonauts: Undead in the Universe (2009) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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i found myself looking at the five or six short stories i had to make my way through to finish this book and just feeling bleagh. that's when you know you should put down this book. the first story was *chefs kiss* michael wehunt? you gave me a little shiver. as for the rest of the ones i got through, there were only two out of them all that i even really liked.
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cthuwu | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 28, 2021 |
Monsters, in so many diverse forms! This is a fantastic collection. The stories and poems have enormous variety within the theme and all are engaging and intriguing. I highly recommend this anthology.
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AngelaJMaher | 1 muu arvostelu | May 25, 2020 |
4.5/5 stars!

WELCOME TO THE SHOW is a themed anthology with all of the stories revolving around, (or involving in some way), a rock 'n' roll club named The Shantyman. That's it! There's no hard thread connecting all the tales other than the club itself. That makes WELCOME TO THE SHOW different because there's no one "bad guy" to blame things on. In this case, the "bad guy" is anyone or anything the writer wanted them to be. In this regard, I think the authors involved had a lot more leeway as far as the direction each story would take and I think that resulted in an above average anthology as far as the quality AND the variety of the stories within.

I can't get into all of them here, because I don't want this review to be as long as the book itself, but the ones that stood out the most to me were:

WHAT SORT OF RUBE by Alan M. Clark. A was a perfect start to this book, providing a bit of history and setting the tone. (I've never read any of Clark's work before, but he's on my radar now.)

NIGHT AND DAY AND IN BETWEEN by Jonathan Janz. This story went in a totally different direction than what I had expected. Loved it!

TRUE STARMEN by Max Booth. I'm not sure that it was supposed to, but this story cracked me the hell me up! It's the first time The Shantyman hosted pod-casters instead of a band, and the results just made me laugh.

OPEN MIC NIGHT by Kelli Owen. The 27 Club-you know, those singers and musicians that never made it past that age? I thought this anthology would be a shoe-in for stories about that club, but this was the only one. I was glad because it made this tale stand out even more.

PARODY by Jeff Strand. Zany Chester and his plans to be the next Weird Al fizzle out before they even got started. (It's birdies, not bodies!) Chester had to go to a few back up plans, actually, and none of them were pretty.

DARK STAGE by Matt Hayward. This tale spoke to me in a personal way which made it that much more horrifying at the end.

A TONGUE LIKE FIRE by Rachel Autumn Deering. The end was NOT what I was expecting at the beginning. Usually I can see that this case I saw something coming, but not what I got. Well done!

Brian Keene's tale RUNNING FREE made me laugh at the premise before it got all serious. (A man trying to run himself to death by heart attack, thereby evading death from the cancer already running through his body. Come on, that's kind of funny! [All right, I know I'm messed up.]) Anyway, this story didn't go the way I thought it would and I loved how it tied into previous tales in this book.

WE SING IN DARKNESS by Mary SanGiovanni. This story had everything that I've come to expect from Mary's work. A terrifying future where music is banned is only the beginning.

I enjoyed this collection and even though it was a little uneven throughout, the variety and quality more than made up for that. I liked that everyone didn't have quite the same view was to what was going on at The Shantyman because that allowed for more creativity in the tales. Variety is the spice of life and all that, you know?

I read a lot of collections and anthologies over the course of a year and there is no doubt in my mind that WELCOME TO THE SHOW will be among the best I've read this year. For this reason, I highly recommend it!

You can get your copy here:

*11.12.18 We are currently reading this book, along with most of the authors in the Horror Aficionados Group at Goodreads. Feel free to join us, read along, and ask questions of the writers, if you like! (Our read continues until the end of this month.) Here's a link:

**I bought this book with my hard earned cash and these opinions are my own.*
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Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
I expect short story collections to be “uneven,” but this was particularly the case with “Behold.” By which I mean, there were a couple excellent stories, several that were fine, and a lot of “meh.” My favorites were “A Ware That Will Not Keep,” by John Taff, and “Knitter,” by Christopher Coake. “LaRue's Dime Museum,” by Lisa Morton, is odd but interesting, and Neil Gaiman's “Chivalry” is cute, though it felt familiar (perhaps I've read it before?). “The Baker of Millepoix,” by Hal Bodner, is sweet, if predictable, but Brian Hodge's “The Shiny Fruit of Our Tomorrows” caught me by surprise. Erinn Kemper's “In Amelia's Wake” and Sarah Read's “Through Gravel” were both pretty marginal – some intriguing elements, but ultimately unsatisfying, and the rest of the collection – ten out of the eighteen stories – were uninteresting. Not a total waste, but there are plenty of better collections.… (lisätietoja)
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meandmybooks | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 29, 2017 |



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Paul Tremblay Contributor
Lisa Mannetti Contributor
Victor LaValle Contributor
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R. B. Payne Contributor
Christina Sng Contributor
Scott Edelman Contributor
Bracken MacLeod Contributor
Linda D. Addison Contributor
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Nadia Bulkin Contributor
Nick Mamatas Contributor
T. Fox Dunham Contributor
Chesya Burke Contributor
Rena Mason Contributor
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John Sunseri Contributor
Tim Curran Contributor
Cameron Suey Contributor
Adrian Ludens Contributor
Hal Bodner Contributor
Patrick Freivald Contributor
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Jonathan Janz Contributor
Adam Cesare Contributor
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Jeff Strand Contributor
Alan M. Clark Contributor
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Annie Baugebauer Contributor
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