Bloodstones

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A collection of horror stories, edited by Amanda Pillar. Part of my RIP VIII reading.

    Table of contents

  • Introduction – Seanan McGuire
  • The Bull in winter – Dirk Flinthart
  • Euryale – Nicole Murphy
  • A small bad thing – Penelope Love
  • A moveable feast – Jenny Blackford
  • Dead inside – Pete Kempshall
  • Smoke gets in your eyes – MLD Curelas
  • Sanaa’s army – Joanne Anderton
  • A mother’s love – Richard Harland
  • Ferreau’s curse – Christine Morgan
  • Surviving film – Thoraiya Dyer
  • And the dead shall be raised incorruptible – Kat Otis
  • Embracing the invisible – Karen Maric
  • The bone plate – Dan Rabarts
  • Cephalopoda Obsessia
  • The foam born – Erin Underwood
  • Skin – Vivian Caethe
  • The skin of the world – Stephnie Gunn

Bloodstones is a collection of stories all about the less well known monsters. There are no vampires or werewolves here, no zombies. Instead you will find the supporting characters of monster-dom; lamia, kraken,selkies, toyol and many more. You’ll find gods and serial killers within these pages. Some you’ll know, some you probably don’t, but all have a tale to tell here.

I wasn’t familiar with any of the authors in this collection before reading it, it was Seanan McGuire’s name that attracted my interest when I saw it come in at work. She doesn’t write any of the stories, unfortunately, but she gives the introduction and a recommendation. I hadn’t hear of any of the authors collected here, but I would have no problem in picking any of them up based on what’s on offer here. I think my favourite stories were The Bull in Winter and Skin. Gods and selkies. But I there isn’t a story that I didn’t like something about, which is unusual in a collection of short stories.

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  1. Caroline says:

    I looked at the list of authors and I don't know any of them. That's makes it more interesting in a way. I like that they chose other monsters. I need to find this.
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