Some people have a ton, some people have a few, but just about everybody has a book, or books, that they love. I asked reviewer Adrian Shotbolt and he narrowed his vision down to a single volume ...
Dread: a Head Full of Bad Dreams
The Best of Grey Matter Press Volume One
Edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson
I’ve been singing the praises of Chicago-based publisher Grey Matter Press for some time now. They have a string of excellent books behind them and have worked with genre heavyweights such as Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Tim Lebbon, William Meikle…the list goes on. Last year saw the release of Dread: A Head Full of Bad Dreams. A sort of best-of Grey Matter Press if you like. This anthology was a little different though. The final TOC was put together by the Grey Matter Press readers, who voted for their favourite stories to be included via the publisher’s website. Quite a nice touch, I thought.
The finished article is a collection of dark fiction that showcases some of the best the genre has to offer from one of the best publishers in the genre. I always thoroughly enjoy reading dark fiction anthologies. It provides the opportunity to spend a shorter amount of time in somebody else’s nightmare.
With Dread, the veterans of the genre deliver in spades, but it’s the cries from the newer authors on the scene that often make the most noise. I also find anthologies to be a great way to discover new talent and this book is packed solid with that.
The short story form itself is difficult to pull off, but when done right it is a thing of wonder (or terror as the case is here). What you will find in Dread: A Head Full of Bad Dreams is over 300 pages of macabre, sinister, horrific storytelling right out of the top draw. Be warned though. You may never sleep again. Essential reading for lovers of dark fiction.
Adrian Shotbolt IS The Grim Reader. He is a blogger at beavisthebookhead.com – a place where you can find book reviews, interviews, guest features and more. He currently lives on the Gold Coast, Australia where he is constantly surrounded by deadly spiders, venomous snakes and his two children.
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