This is an interesting collection of stories, some short, one almost a novella, and all with a theme of the hero meeting creatures out of the myths and legends of obscure European localities. The stories excel...
Damien is a comic book store owner. He doesn’t like clothes, as he believes that they hinder him during the long work-hours that he puts into his comic book store, the only noteworthy sight in the worst town in Arizona. Damien loves his job; he has a magical pen given to him by the aliens who inspired Philip K. Dick’s early work, which he uses to draw his victims in order to realize their darkest fears.
When a cadre of elemental sorceresses loses a magical artifact of utmost importance to a cutpurse, when South City officials and other people in positions of power begin to drop like flies and even the Gray Man finds himself in a situation that goes in way over his head, then South City begins to slowly but certainly descend into utter political (and later on sorcerous) chaos, which threatens to envelop the world.
The story of the Devil’s Concubine deals with the troubles of Qui Tai, a Ponongese woman that is known as the Devil’s Concubine, mistress to the shapeshifting crimelord Petrof, shadowy lord of the island colony.
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.
Coyote the Outlander is the first book in a series detailing the adventures of the titular bounty hunter, as she treks across a fantastical re-imagining of early 20th-century America, hot on the heels of inhuman outlaws. On her way, Coyote finds herself caught up in a strange conspiracy, sees impossible technologies and has her share of well-written, spaghetti western-style shootouts.
AD 2097. Following the cataclysmic catastrophe that was the wrath of God Almighty, the Catholic Church take it upon themselves to rebuild Amerika from its ashes, gathering the poor and the huddled masses under its wing. To combat the rising tide of heretics and pagans who have festered among the ruins, the Church has established its team of Jesuit Knights, tasked to eliminate the nonbelievers for the salvation of mankind.
In his first novel, author Josh Strnad introduces us to the small town of Pantheon and the struggles of its inhabitants and founders, the surviving Greek Gods who wage a shadowy war against the inhuman forces of the Legion. On the way, Lamont and Emma, two not-so-regular people, find themselves caught up in the power struggle and petty trysts of divinities and are forced to play their part in deciding the fate of the world.