Monsters Exist – Edited by Jesse Deadman & Theresa Braun
Why I read: Monsters, urban tales, spooky shorts.
Book blurb: “From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?
Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.”
A creepy mixture of 14 short horror stories featuring monsters. Packed into these short tales are twists and mutations of the typical creature stories. Really quick reads, loaded with monsters to haunt your nightmares. Mythological and cryptozoological critters. Stories that bring urban legends to life. That play on your fears. These are the monsters that lurk within your imagination, and the ones that live next door, or down the well in the woods. There’s demonic sacrificing fairies, The Goatman, devil monkeys, dog sized rats, seductive mer-woman, predatory spiders, blood-thirsty Chupacabras and The Mothman to name a few.
It was hard to pick a favourite from the mix but The Voice from the Bottom of the Well by Philip W. Kleaver just clipped it with this memorable and well written tale. A 10 year old girl Johanna discovers a thing at the bottom of the well that is especially hungry. Johanna must feed it and yeah she did. Awesome.
There’s something here for every horror fan with a diverse range of writing styles and tones. There’s creepy, atmospheric and gore filled tales. The monster theme pulls it all together as one anthology which makes all the stories gel as they explore this from different angles. I loved that after each short story you got a bio of the author and other work they had published. I’ve found a few that I will check out. Its a great way to sample an authors writing style before going on to read a longer story. Its a mixed bag and I enjoyed some stories more than others. This made it hard to rate but I settled on a 4 for overall enjoyment.
I’d recommend to anyone who likes: horror, urban legends, monsters, quick spooky reads, short stories.
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.