Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/10/19
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The fourth volume in the critically-acclaimed Chiral Mad Series. 4 short stories, 4 novelettes, 4 novellas, and 4 graphic adaptations make up this mammoth book of wonders. But here's the catch: Every single story in this anthology is a collaboration. Bram Stoker Award winners Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder even co-edited the anthology to bring you an incredibly diverse and entirely collaborative dark fiction experience. Includes a co-introduction by Gary A. Braunbeck and Janet Harriett!So, once again, crack the spine, dig your claws deep into these pages, sit back, and enjoy a new kind of chirality.
Right out of the gate is the story, HOW WE BROKE written by Bracken MacLeod and Paul Michael Anderson: two of my favorite authors. This story is about grown siblings revisiting some painful memories from their past through a project that the sister is conducting through a series of polaroid pictures taken during a childhood vacation destination. The suspense was delicious--I hung on every word. A very compelling collaborative effort.
FADE TO NULL is Brian Keene's scalpel-edge sharp telling of the horrors of dementia both from the mind of the afflicted and from the experience of family members. Illustrated by Daniele Serra, a favorite artist of mine. What a treat! Very poignant, haunting and beautiful--the artwork is stunning.
Asperitas by Kristopher Triana and Chad Stroup was cosmic horror that builds a tremendous amount of tension and drama in a short about of time. I was impressed with the way these two authors worked together to manipulate my emotions.
Another stand out was GOLDEN SUN, a novella told in 4 different character's perspectives told by 4 of my most beloved authors, Kristi DeMeester, Michael Wehunt, Anjelica Damien Walters and Richard Thomas. The story was so engaging and thinking back on it now, the atmosphere and the feelings come rushing back instantly as if I had just finished it. I discussed the with Kristi and Michael because I was so excited about this theory that I had about each one of them writing different parts and they both agreed that's how they wrote it but I 100% guessed all of it wrong--so I'd be curious, if you know of these writers and their unique voices, to see if you could guess which ones wrote which part. Message me somewhere if you think you have it (because now I know).
All the stories told in a graphic novella format were delightful, especially the last one, with Jack Ketchum and Glenn Chadbourne--it had this old timey snake-oil, whiskey voice, western vibe to it that felt authentic and genuine--Ketchum’s calling card.
I definitely recommend this anthology to horror fans who like to try something new and experimental and who also appreciate or “fan out” over seeing their favorite people do collaborative work together. It’s something that makes me excitable so I’m sure others out there love it too.