Stomping Ground, edited by Neil Baker

The second in April Moon Books’ Short Sharp Shocks series can best be described as a mental menagerie of unconventional giant beasts. Gone are traditional Godzilla and Kaiju type monstrosities and instead what you get is more “Night of the Lepus”. Sadly there are no giant killer rabbits on the rampage but the tongue is most firmly planted in cheek for more than a few of the stories contained herein. If the book solely consisted of giant killer giraffes, beavers and mammoth duck billed platypuses then I would a bit disappointed but editor Neil Baker deftly balances the absurd and outrageous creations with beautifully written and engaging stories.

Eldritch Chrome, edited by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass

On the surface, the genres of Cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos would appear to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cyberpunk, amongst other things, deals with the negative impact of technology on humanity and society. It appears to me to be a very internal battle that Cyberpunk describes, namely that of the human soul battling against the encroaching cold embrace of technology. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos by comparison, chronicles humanity’s struggle to deal with terrifying and unfathomably cosmic forces far beyond our comprehension. As much as this description sets those poles apart, the two genres have much more in common than one would have been led to believe.

American Nightmare, edited by George Cotronis

American Nightmare is the first short story anthology from Kraken Press, featuring ten excellent pieces of horror fiction by exceptionally talented writers who explore the hellish underbelly of a 50’s America that could be. Featuring dysfunctional families dabbling in the occult, strange magic woven in the alleys of Hollywood, unspeakably monstrous acts along the 38th parallel and all the Marilyns you can eat, American Nightmare was a very fortunate blind buy for me.