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The multiple Bram Stoker Award(R) nominated Horror Library anthology series is back! Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard -- himself a past Stoker winner -- Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new ta The multiple Bram Stoker Award(R) nominated Horror Library anthology series is back! Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard -- himself a past Stoker winner -- Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new talents. As always, if you'd like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you've found the right book. Don't miss Horror Library Volume 6! The Librarian wants to see YOU.


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The multiple Bram Stoker Award(R) nominated Horror Library anthology series is back! Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard -- himself a past Stoker winner -- Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new ta The multiple Bram Stoker Award(R) nominated Horror Library anthology series is back! Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard -- himself a past Stoker winner -- Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new talents. As always, if you'd like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you've found the right book. Don't miss Horror Library Volume 6! The Librarian wants to see YOU.

30 review for Horror Library, Volume 6

  1. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review of HORROR LIBRARY VOL. 6 Edited by Eric J. Guignard The HORROR LIBRARY ongoing anthology has a well-deserved repute for literate horror penned by talented authors. This volume ranges from first publication of an author, through not yet well known talent, to horror household names, satiating a wide interest range while simultaneously inspiring a desire to explore these authors further. 27 stories are accompanied by an illuminating introduction from the new editor, whetting readers' horror-lo Review of HORROR LIBRARY VOL. 6 Edited by Eric J. Guignard The HORROR LIBRARY ongoing anthology has a well-deserved repute for literate horror penned by talented authors. This volume ranges from first publication of an author, through not yet well known talent, to horror household names, satiating a wide interest range while simultaneously inspiring a desire to explore these authors further. 27 stories are accompanied by an illuminating introduction from the new editor, whetting readers' horror-loving appetites.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I love short horror stories so this was a huge treat for me. It was a great way to discover some new authors and also read some of my all time favorites. (My heart skipped a beat when I saw Bentley Little.) This book contains 27 dark and delicious stories sure to fill you with dread. Now a few of them did end too abruptly for my taste and I would have preferred a more definitive ending. I am not against leaving things to the readers imagination or leaving an end that could be open to interpreta I love short horror stories so this was a huge treat for me. It was a great way to discover some new authors and also read some of my all time favorites. (My heart skipped a beat when I saw Bentley Little.) This book contains 27 dark and delicious stories sure to fill you with dread. Now a few of them did end too abruptly for my taste and I would have preferred a more definitive ending. I am not against leaving things to the readers imagination or leaving an end that could be open to interpretation but a non-ending is just not my favorite way to leave a story. All were good but my absolute favorites (in no particular order) were "The Plumber" by Bentley Little, probably because he is just so good at taking a mundane every day normal occurrence and turning it into something terrifying. Or perhaps because my shower is actually dripping as I write this yet I think I will just live with it a while rather than have to call someone to fix it. "We Were Monsters" by Lucas Pederson was quite clever but it's hard for me to say too much without giving it away. "The Creek Keepers' Lodge" by Kathryn E. McGee reminded me of that old saying you can't go home again. Or maybe it's that you just plain shouldn't go back if you managed to escape. "The Night Crier" by C. Michael Cook was simply brilliant. I had never heard of this author before but this story just blew me away. "Kalu Kumaraya" by Jayani C Senanayake was another excellent story. If you have ever had a child or grandchild who spoke to an imaginary friend this one will give you chills. "Five Pointed Spell" by Jeffrey Ford was spectacular. This was my first time reading anything by this author but I think I need to keep an eye out for anything else he writes from now on. I received a complimentary copy for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    First of all, I felt like I was reading this book for such an incredibly long time. I normally adore horror anthologies, and this one wasn't horrible, but for some reason, it just dragged on and on. I think the problem was that I'm used to reading horror anthologies with some sort of a "theme", but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find any sort of running design with this selection. The editor himself even introduces a few stories by implying that they don't quite fit, though I did appreci First of all, I felt like I was reading this book for such an incredibly long time. I normally adore horror anthologies, and this one wasn't horrible, but for some reason, it just dragged on and on. I think the problem was that I'm used to reading horror anthologies with some sort of a "theme", but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find any sort of running design with this selection. The editor himself even introduces a few stories by implying that they don't quite fit, though I did appreciate that he took the time to explain why he chose them, regardless. Speaking of Eric J. Guignard, I found his voice as an editor to be absolutely delightful; truthfully, there were a few stories that just couldn't have lived up to his hype for them in his forewords. As far as reviewing this book, I originally thought I would just give a basic rundown of the entire anthology, maybe while throwing in a star rating for each individual story. By the time I reached somewhere around the halfway mark, I realized that would be incredibly unfair, as I was bored to tears by some stories, while others made me immediately look up more works by that author to add to my TBR. Hence, I'll give a short rundown of each story, as well as a star rating. I apologize in advance for this fucking wall of text I'll be subjecting you poor followers to, but I'll minimize as much as I can. I've Finally Found You by Garrett Quinn - 2/5 Dude goes back to his childhood apartment with a childhood friend to find proof of a haunted CB radio he was given after his mother passed away. This story was a little odd, but never genuinely spooky. It felt a little... pointless? Cartagena Hotel by Jackson Kuhl - 3/5 Two little girls embark upon a mission to explore the ruins of a hotel, in which they suspect lives some sort of serpentine beast responsible for missing persons. The ending was predictable, but enjoyable, and I would certainly give Kuhl's writing a chance in the future. The Night Truck by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime - 5/5 An old woman reminisces on her mother and grandmother's superstitions regarding dark houses near Halloween when a rattling old pickup truck comes meandering down her street, looking for victims in a power outage. I was reading this story late at night, in a quiet house, and this story gave me legitimate chills. It may be due to my inability to outgrow a childhood fear of the dark and the nasty things it hides, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Il Mostro by Connor de Bruler - 2/5 Two American men go for a backpacking trip in Europe, and find themselves out after dark in a quiet Tuscan village, where they are warned of "Il Mostro", or "the monster". Let me preface this by saying that, while reading this story, I had no idea that it was inspired by true events; had the author or editor offered even a smidgen of this information in the foreword or afterword, my entire viewpoint on it would have been changed. The story felt bland, and the buildup for this "monster" ending very disappointingly; however, while compiling this review, a quick Google search taught me that "Il Mostro" refers to a series of murders that occurred in Florence in the mid-20th century, which this story delves into. With this knowledge, it certainly makes the plot more interesting, but I still had to stick with the 2/5 star rating. Oldstone Gardens by Tom Johnstone - 2/5 An English gardening gang toils away whilst remembering their recently lost co-worker, and one man explains his ideas on what may have taken the man away into a garden of a home that appears and disappears at will. This story just had a fairly boring plot, and I probably wouldn't rush to pick up any more of Johnstone's writing, frankly. The Plumber by Bentley Little - 4/5 When a young couple hires a new plumber, they're shocked to find that he is on a mission to reroute their entire lives for the sake of their... drains? This story was one hundred percent typical Bentley Little: humorous, vulgar, and weird as fuck. I love this guy's writing (his name in the author list was 90% of why I requested this eGalley) and I always know he's going to make me raise a brow, laugh, and shake my head a little before it's all said and done. This one was no exception. The Creek Keepers' Lodge by Kathryn E. McGee - 1/5 A middle-aged man stuck in his college dream days goes to a wedding back home, to find that things are falling apart around him, and some strange forces are at work in the beloved frat house. First of all, can any one character possibly "check his phone" more times than this asshole? I almost counted how many times he checked his phone, or checked his instagram notifications, or checked his texts... It became absolutely eyeroll-inducing and made me want to skip to the next story before I was even halfway through this one. I don't think McGee's writing is for me at all. I'm sorry to admit that I don't have anything good to say about this story. Snowfather by Josh Rountree - 5/5 This story offers opposing sides' POVs of two WWII soldiers facing down a supposed snow beast named Snowfather. I loved the parallel, yet opposing perspectives in this story. It made for such an enjoyable read to see how each soldier thought his enemy's side was responsible for the beast, and the ending was open to interpretation without feeling like it left the reader hanging. Five Pointed Spell by Jeffrey Ford - ?/5 A man moves to a rural area and finds out that timelines are nonlinear, and the bad events in your life now might just be punishment for your crimes later. I don't even know how to rate this one. I loved every second of this story until the end, which left me so goddamn confused that I legitimately considered finding the author's contact information just to ask him what the fuck did that mean? I just want some closure, so Mr. Ford, if you ever read this review, can you shoot me an email or something? The Red-Eye to Boston by John M. Floyd - 5/5 An old man begs a young neo-nazi on his flight to retrieve precious lost goods from the creature living in the airline toilet. Yes, you read that right. As a decent human being who hates nazis, neo-nazis, and anyone else of that ilk, this ending was just as predictable as I hoped it would be, and I cheered all the way through. Take that, you little Aryan bastard. Elsa and I by Raymond Little - 1/5 A story in which we revisit classic horror film sets and view drug addictions, up close and personal. Maybe I should reread this one, because frankly, I didn't see how it was a horror story - spoiler alert: mentioning horror actors does not a horror tale create - and I also didn't see the point. Mother's Mouth, Full of Dirt by Rebecca J. Allred - 5/5 When a child finds that her presumed dead mother has been sequestered away in the attic all these years, who can blame her for reaching out? A bit of the imagery in this tale made me cringe, which is a compliment in most cases, as far as my reviews go. I really enjoyed the twist, and the ending, while sad, was satisfying as hell. D.U.I. by Darren O Godfrey - 3/5 A man goes for a drive with a six-pack, only to end up with some unexpected visitors, determined to show him the last moments of their final rides. I'll admit that the plot of this story pissed me off in the beginning, as it felt vaguely glorifying of drunk driving, and that's a notion that I don't care to read about, fiction or not; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story offered an interesting, moralistic view to the whole scenario. That said, it didn't feel like the driver had learned anything by the end, which I suppose is really asking too much of a horror story. All in all, this one was just average for me. Predestination's a Bitch by Sean Eads - 4/5 Our main character's coworker can tell the future, through odd dreams and visions - for better or for worse. I found this one surprisingly humorous at points, though also rather sad in a sense; these characters are just fairly pitiful. The twist at the end felt incredibly predictable once the main character stopped answering his coworker's calls, because any horror movie fan can tell you, missed voicemail messages are always bad news. Casualty of Peace by David Tallerman - 5/5 In a town of women awaiting the end of a war, drawing a short straw means the return of a soldier, but they say war changes a man... If I could give this more stars, I would. I adored this story; easily my favorite in the entire anthology. The writing was so beautiful and poetic, and painted such a scene that I felt like I could see into Tallerman's very imagination. This story felt less 'horror' and more 'haunting', but I loved it all the same and would eagerly read more of David Tallerman's short stories. The Starry Crown by Marc E Fitch - 4/5 In the deep south, slave songs have interesting roots, and racism never really dies. As someone who lives in the south, surrounded by inbred, racist assholes, I loved the plot of this, despite how hard it was to stomach at points, if only due to having been raised with the knowledge that events such as those in this story, have happened in real life. I genuinely enjoyed the writing behind this one, and would like to see Fitch featured in future Horror Library volumes. Instant Messaging by Vitor Abdala - 1/5 Literally an IM chat between a girl and a ghost. What was the point of this story's submission, and even more so, why was it chosen? It was literally a few pages and I just wanted to roll my eyes by the end. The H Train by JG Faherty - 2/5 A man on the run from the law inadvertently ends up on the Hell train, and finds himself bargaining with the devil: drive the train of damned souls, and get your ticket to Heaven. The plot for this one was honestly really fun, but I don't think the execution was quite there yet. The Gaff by Dean H Wild - 3/5 Two insurance salespeople find themselves trapped in their office as ghosts from a bar fire seek revenge. I honestly didn't really understand why Lou and Betsy specifically were being targeted for this fire, or for the insurance fraud which, from my understanding, was committed by totally separate individuals? I enjoyed the story, but it was hard to really dive into, when I just kept asking myself, "Okay, sure, but why these people and not the people responsible?" Meh. Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince) by Jayani C Senanayake - 5/5 A little girl is followed by Kalu Kumaraya, who is determined to make her love him back to life. First of all, I love hearing about myths and legends from other cultures; second of all, I really love when those myths and legends are totally new to me, such as this twist on a Sri Lankan classic. The imagery was great and I was fascinated from start to finish. We Were Monsters by Lucas Pederson - 2/5 Four childhood friends destroy a creature guilty of murdering one of the boys' aunts, only for her to come back for vengeance many years later. This wasn't a particularly exciting notion, and the execution just left a lot to be desired. This wasn't a terrible story, but I felt really apathetic about it. The Night Crier by C Michael Cook - 4/5 A widower is woken night after night by a bird, but when he hunts the creature down, he finds something unexpected. This story was beautiful and sad, and had a surprising but intriguing ending that I just thoroughly enjoyed. Waiting for Mrs. Hemley by Thomas P Balazs - 5/5 The zombie outbreak may have put a damper on things, but this psychotherapist knows at least one of his patients would never miss her therapy appointment - dead or alive. First, this was the only story in this anthology to make me laugh out loud, which was nice. Second, I just really enjoyed the narrator's voice. He offered such a uniquely calm perspective on the entire scenario and I ate it right up. It's also kind of fun to have found out that the author responsible for this one teaches classes at a college about half an hour from me! The Ride by Jay Caselberg - 3/5 When your girlfriend goes missing while backpacking in Scotland, what's a man to do but to go hunt her down? I love the ritual of Samhain, and there's so much history behind the entire event, so it was fun to read a story revolving around it a bit, but I was disappointed that there wasn't actually much of anything specifically about Samhain in this submission. While the writing itself was good, I just found that the events unfolding left a little to be desired. Old Hag by Ahna Wayne Aposhian - 5/5 An alcoholic woman spends her evenings plagued by night terrors, and her days horrified by her worsening addiction and her husband's slow progression out of their marriage. This story wasn't scary, and didn't feel like much of a horror story to me, despite the sometimes gruesome depictions of her night terrors. That said, I didn't take off any points because it was so tragically, beautifully sad. Despite most of the story revolving around things that weren't necessarily horrific in nature, I had to ask myself: is there anything genuinely more terrifying than losing not only our loved ones, but ourselves, too? Hear the Eagle Scream by Edward M Erdelac - 2/5 Times are hard, but what's an old man to do when the only hired help he can get is a stranger? Okay, first of all, can anyone tell me what the hell the symbolism behind the title is? As far as I could gather, it held no relation whatsoever to the events of the story. I even googled that shit, and nada. As far as the story itself goes, it was another story in this anthology that just felt meaningless. I'll admit that the ending wasn't what I expected, but I couldn't get into it at all. Better You Believe by Carole Johnstone - 4/5 A pack of mountain climbers find themselves in a terrifying situation when an Everest climb goes wrong in every way it possibly could. As someone who is far too fearfully respectful of Mother Nature's mercilessness to ever even consider serious climbing, this story actually horrified me a little bit, in the most logical, sane, realistic way possible. It offered a very realistic-feeling view of the dark side of climbing. I did find myself lost a few times because Johnstone writes in the voice of someone who is very familiarized with climbing equipment and terminology, and has forgotten that the reader may not be familiarized (spoiler alert: I'm not). The ending felt like it was supposed to be some shocking twist, and maybe it's because I've been in this scene for too damn long, but it felt terribly obvious to me from a mile away. Despite that obviousness, the writing was enjoyable, sad, and solid. If you've made it this far, you can probably see now why it was so hard to write a comprehensive review, and why I ultimately had to break this thing down into individual pieces. The stories that I loved, I really loved, and the stories that I hated, I really hated, but just as often, the stories were just... meh. I don't think I'll be hurrying to pick up any other Horror Library volumes in the future if they're anything like this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Hepler

    Once again, Horror Library knocked it out of the park. Great anthology! Creepy stuff!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    This anthology deserves 6 out of 5 stars. It is always difficult for any anthology series that continues to sustain momentum and to show that each new volume is even better than the last, but Guignard was the absolute perfect choice to be at the helm of the newest Horror Library. He has a spectacular ability to select stories that are all fantastically well-written and of such a high calibre that is rare to find in anthologies. Even the stories that did not interest me in Horror Library Volume 6 This anthology deserves 6 out of 5 stars. It is always difficult for any anthology series that continues to sustain momentum and to show that each new volume is even better than the last, but Guignard was the absolute perfect choice to be at the helm of the newest Horror Library. He has a spectacular ability to select stories that are all fantastically well-written and of such a high calibre that is rare to find in anthologies. Even the stories that did not interest me in Horror Library Volume 6 were impressive and I was stunned by the fact that there is not a single dud in here. I think that Volume 6 deserves a lot more attention than it has been receiving as far as reviews and reader reactions go, because Guignard has done a masterful job. You are not going to find another horror fiction collection out there that tops this one except possibly Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror, but I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that this anthology is on par with hers in terms of quality. This is one of the best horror fiction anthologies of the year and I truly hope Guignard gets the recognition he deserves particularly with regard to awards. My top favourite stories were Rebecca J. Allred's "Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt" and Marc E. Fitch's "The Starry Crown," which blew my mind.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hemdiva Dev

    A horror for every taste. This book that has a collection of stories by 27 different authors is horror masterpiece in itself. I'd like to mention "The Night Truck" by Stephanie Bedwell Grime. The story is narrated simply, but still it scares you very much. It's my favourite in the whole book. "The Plumber" is another story that will leave you scared and feeling Ugh! All the stories have there own and unique narration style. Making every story stand out from the other. This was my first time reading A horror for every taste. This book that has a collection of stories by 27 different authors is horror masterpiece in itself. I'd like to mention "The Night Truck" by Stephanie Bedwell Grime. The story is narrated simply, but still it scares you very much. It's my favourite in the whole book. "The Plumber" is another story that will leave you scared and feeling Ugh! All the stories have there own and unique narration style. Making every story stand out from the other. This was my first time reading Horror Library and I'm hooked. Will definitely be looking out the future volumes and the ones that are already published. One thing I'd like to add, if you read the book in darkness or when alone, you will be frightened for weeks. Thank you Netgalley for the copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Stewart

    Highest praise for this methodically brilliant anthology of wide reaching stories. Another excellent project put together by Eric J. Guignard. Bentley Little and John M. Floyd are two of my favorite horror and mystery authors. Read and loved new authors as well here, “Better You Believe” by Carole Johnstone was unbelievably good. Jackson Kuhl’s “Cartagena Hotel” a sweet, weird western. Tom Johnstone and Kathryn E. McGee with solid pieces. David Tallerman’s “Casualty of Piece” heartrending anti-w Highest praise for this methodically brilliant anthology of wide reaching stories. Another excellent project put together by Eric J. Guignard. Bentley Little and John M. Floyd are two of my favorite horror and mystery authors. Read and loved new authors as well here, “Better You Believe” by Carole Johnstone was unbelievably good. Jackson Kuhl’s “Cartagena Hotel” a sweet, weird western. Tom Johnstone and Kathryn E. McGee with solid pieces. David Tallerman’s “Casualty of Piece” heartrending anti-war piece. 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ian Welke

    A solid collection from cover to cover. I don't think there's a single clunker in this anthology, and better yet the story order is well pieced together, providing a nice sense of flow from story to story. "Five Pointed Spell" by Jeffery Ford, "Old Hag" by Ahna Wayne Aposhian, and "Hear the Eagle Scream" by Edward Erdelac are standout good even amongst the general quality of this anthology. A solid collection from cover to cover. I don't think there's a single clunker in this anthology, and better yet the story order is well pieced together, providing a nice sense of flow from story to story. "Five Pointed Spell" by Jeffery Ford, "Old Hag" by Ahna Wayne Aposhian, and "Hear the Eagle Scream" by Edward Erdelac are standout good even amongst the general quality of this anthology.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Writer and editor Eric Grignard stepped in to edit the most recent volume of Horror Library. Over a seven month period and almost 1,110 submissions, Guignard expertly whittled the mountain of essays down to an incredibly cohesive 27 stories. The tales run the gamut of the horror spectrum, and every single one are excellently written. In addition, the sequence of the essays compliment and build on each other exceedingly well. It was difficult to put this collection. While I enjoyed all of the ess Writer and editor Eric Grignard stepped in to edit the most recent volume of Horror Library. Over a seven month period and almost 1,110 submissions, Guignard expertly whittled the mountain of essays down to an incredibly cohesive 27 stories. The tales run the gamut of the horror spectrum, and every single one are excellently written. In addition, the sequence of the essays compliment and build on each other exceedingly well. It was difficult to put this collection. While I enjoyed all of the essays immensely, the last three tales were particularly strong entries. "Old Hag" by Ahna Wayne Aposhian, "Hear the Eagle Scream" by Edward M. Erdelac, and "Better You Believe" by Carole Johnstone were not only horrific, but had an overarching sense of tragedy and sadness through loss - physical, emotional, or mentally. Grignard should be applauded for brilliantly assembling spine tingling stories from new and seasoned horror writers. This collection is a must read and should not be missed!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita Patel

    I recomend. I had come across previous volumes of this series before and thought they were always a good collection of stories. Its nice to see the these books continue after some years under a new editor Eric Guignard that makes it as good or even better. Not all stories in any book like this can be great, but none were let-downs either. Some of my favorites were HEAR THE EAGLE SCREAM by Edward Erdelac, BETTER YOU BELIEVE by Carole Johnstone, OLDSTONE GARDENS by Tom Johnstone, ELSA AND I by Ray I recomend. I had come across previous volumes of this series before and thought they were always a good collection of stories. Its nice to see the these books continue after some years under a new editor Eric Guignard that makes it as good or even better. Not all stories in any book like this can be great, but none were let-downs either. Some of my favorites were HEAR THE EAGLE SCREAM by Edward Erdelac, BETTER YOU BELIEVE by Carole Johnstone, OLDSTONE GARDENS by Tom Johnstone, ELSA AND I by Raymond Little, and THE RED-EYE TO BOSTON by John Floyd

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Walker

    Monster Librarian review is now live! I will say right now that this book is phenomenal. https://www.monsterlibrarian.com/TheC... Monster Librarian review is now live! I will say right now that this book is phenomenal. https://www.monsterlibrarian.com/TheC...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vivian Metzger

    Wonderful anthology. Horror stories that are literary, smart, dark, but not gruesome or reliant of "shock value. Eric J. Guignard is a top editor. Great assemblage of stories, and recommended. Wonderful anthology. Horror stories that are literary, smart, dark, but not gruesome or reliant of "shock value. Eric J. Guignard is a top editor. Great assemblage of stories, and recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Very imaginative, smart stories! Light horror, new myths, no blood or guts or normal monsters. Every story is completely different than the last.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Smith-briggs

    Former contributor Eric J Guignard takes the reigns for Volume Six of this open-themed horror anthology series, selecting 27 new tales of terror and suspense. Featuring a mix of new and familiar names it’s a solid collection of stories that covers a wide spectrum of natural and supernatural horrors. As with all anthologies of this magnitude, some will appeal more than others depending on individual tastes but each feels well worthy of a place in the table of contents. Personal favourites included S Former contributor Eric J Guignard takes the reigns for Volume Six of this open-themed horror anthology series, selecting 27 new tales of terror and suspense. Featuring a mix of new and familiar names it’s a solid collection of stories that covers a wide spectrum of natural and supernatural horrors. As with all anthologies of this magnitude, some will appeal more than others depending on individual tastes but each feels well worthy of a place in the table of contents. Personal favourites included Stephanie Bedwell-Grime’s Night Truck: an unsettling story about a mysterious truck that roams the streets of a quiet suburban neighbourhood and Il Mostro by Connor de Bruler: in which two American men find themselves at the mercy of a very real monster while backpacking in Europe. Bentley Little’s The Plumber continues to show why he is one of the true masters of the short form while John M Floyd’s The Red-Eye to Boston was a fun throwback to Twilight Zone style stories. Guignard introduces each tale, given his reasons behind its inclusion and a teaser on what its about. While this could have been better served in the forward it was interesting to see the thought process behind each selection. Clocking in at over 350 pages, Horror Library crams in a lot. But you’d be hard pressed to find too many complaints about what lies within. A perfect tome for dipping or diving right in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily Carter-Dunn

    I received an ARC via Netgalley. This is the first volume of the well-established Horror Library that I have read and wanted to read this after seeing one of my GoodReads friends reading it. From what I can gather, the Horror Library exists to showcase unpublished or under-published authors in the horror genre. There are some authors who are frequently published in this series, but there is an open invitation for authors to submit their work in the hope of being included. I do like that Guignard h I received an ARC via Netgalley. This is the first volume of the well-established Horror Library that I have read and wanted to read this after seeing one of my GoodReads friends reading it. From what I can gather, the Horror Library exists to showcase unpublished or under-published authors in the horror genre. There are some authors who are frequently published in this series, but there is an open invitation for authors to submit their work in the hope of being included. I do like that Guignard has included a list of notable authors who were not included in the volume, but submitted strong pieces of work. That being said, some of the work is a bit hit-and-miss. I was very tempted, after the first two stories, to give up on this volume. They were not good and the first one was very confusing. But then came The Night Truck. WOW. That was a fantastic story and signalled that there were some excellent pieces in the collection. In fact, there are many wonderful stories in this collection. However, there are many weak ones too and I really don't know what the last story was doing in this collection. 3.5 stars overall.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Hard to rate this book due to fact that some of the short stories were great while others were less than commendable ... A good overall book of horrors

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5 I had enjoyed the "Best of" volume of Horror Library some time back, so when I saw that there was another volume out, I was eager to get in to it. There is, of course, a difference between a standard volume and a 'best of' collection, but given the high caliber of the writing in the 'best of' collection I still expected to find some gems here. And there are ... just not as many as I had hoped for. "Casualty of Peace" by Da This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5 I had enjoyed the "Best of" volume of Horror Library some time back, so when I saw that there was another volume out, I was eager to get in to it. There is, of course, a difference between a standard volume and a 'best of' collection, but given the high caliber of the writing in the 'best of' collection I still expected to find some gems here. And there are ... just not as many as I had hoped for. "Casualty of Peace" by David Tallerman was one of the standouts in this volume. The story revolves around a small town during war time where the women gather to draw straws and the one who draws the shortest straw has her soldier return home. The writing is poetic and beautiful and the story is absolutely haunting. I need to find more by David Tallerman. "The Starry Crown" by Mark E. Fitch was another top-notch work which held its own as it followed Tallerman's story. This story comes from the deep south, full of racism and the roots of slavery. I really enjoyed Edward M. Erdelac's "Hear the Eagle Scream" - I rank it right up there with Tallerman's story for one of the true standouts. Perhaps it's because it also has a poetic voice to the writing. I felt right at home in the old west here and so I was caught up in the story. I also couldn't see where this was going and so was hooked to keep on reading. That's three stories that I exceptionally enjoyed from the collection. One more, JG Faherty's "The H Train," was a good little story that disappointed at the end. It's also hard to read a horror story set on a train to hell and not think of Robert Bloch's classic "That Hell-Bound Train". On the other end of the spectrum, the worst, for me, was Vitor Abdala's "Instant Messaging" which really had nothing going for it. A series of instant message texts between a girl and a ghost. And...? This gets attention from the start because of the format (instant message layout), but it doesn't go anywhere. The bulk of this collection then, was tremendously average. Nothing seemed particularly horrific or had exceptional writing to keep me interested. My advice would be to wait for the next "Best of" anthology. Looking for a good book? Horror Library, Volume 6 is, as the title describes, a collection of horror stories but not even a handful rise above the average-ness of the collection. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Newsholme

    There are some stories in this collection that I really enjoyed and others that didn't quite do it for me - as is true of most story anthologies I would warrant. Guignard, the editor, has collated 27 tales that have a very dark edge to them. There is little room for candour or levity here, which I appreciated given that this is a horror anthology. My favourite tale was 'The Red-Eye to Boston', by John M. Floyd. This was a particularly well constructed tale about the dangers of flying with neo-na There are some stories in this collection that I really enjoyed and others that didn't quite do it for me - as is true of most story anthologies I would warrant. Guignard, the editor, has collated 27 tales that have a very dark edge to them. There is little room for candour or levity here, which I appreciated given that this is a horror anthology. My favourite tale was 'The Red-Eye to Boston', by John M. Floyd. This was a particularly well constructed tale about the dangers of flying with neo-nazis and it seemed to have the perfect amount of scares while still being fairly light. A somewhat darker tale was 'Kalu Kumaraya', by Jayani C. Senanyake, one of the limited number of female contributors to the collection. This is a tale about a young girl and her 'imaginary' friend and is very creepy with a wonderful ending. All in all, I found this to be a pretty well rounded collection, but I did think it was a little bit white, american male-centric.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    I received this arc from Netgalley. A good collection of horror stories. There were a few duds but the good ones outnumbered those. I will be looking for the other books in this series. Recommended

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mew

  21. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Randall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angelyn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Tam

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raomer

  27. 5 out of 5

    L'erin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin Corbin

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