Saturday, December 18, 2010

Apexology - Jason Sizemore

Apexology is a better than good book, with a broad range of styles and sub-genres of horror selected.

It turned out to be better than I thought it would be, with the selections solidly and consistently readable, with the upper tier being as different as the exponentially increasing weird dread of Paul Jessup to the highly amusing debutantes and Cthulhu provided by Pagliasotti.

No bad stories, either, which is extremely well done given you won't have any fingers or toes left after counting the number of tales in this volume.

Also, Apex specialised in science fiction horror, so you get more of that than you likely will in almost any other book. That is, more than one story. Many horror editors have a distinct aversion to such, it would seem.

For people looking for a large dose of right smack-bang in the middle horror, give Apexology a shot.

Apexology : It Tasted Like the Sea - Paul Jessup
Apexology : Summon Bind Banish - Nick Mamatas
Apexology : To Every Thing There is a Season - Dru Pagliassotti
Apexology : Life's a Beach - Alethea Kontis and Ariell Branson
Apexology : Kusatenda Uroyi - Gill Ainsworth
Apexology : Lottery - Gene O'Neill
Apexology : Cerbo en Vitra ujo - Mary Robinette Kowal
Apexology : The Spider in the Hairdo - Michael A. Burstein
Apexology : The Dark Side - Guy Hasson
Apexology : With the Beating of their Wings - Martel Sardina
Apexology : Enough to Make a Devil - R. Thomas Riley
Apexology : Flash of Light - Jason Sizemore
Apexology : Transylvania Mission - Lavie Tidhar
Apexology : Inside Looking Out or Falling Through the Worlds - Mari Adkins
Apexology : Powered - Deb Taber
Apexology : Disturbing Things - B.J. Burrow
Apexology : Eulogy for Muffin - Jennifer Brozek
Apexology : Hands of Heritage - Elizabeth Engstrom
Apexology : The Junkyard God - M. Zak Anwar and O.M.R. Anwar
Apexology : Bessie Green's Thumb - Fran Friel

For the wolf commandos. Yeah, nazi werewolves. The usual.

3.5 out of 5


Saw momma.

3 out of 5


Family feud all over again.

3.5 out of 5


Host cut smash.

3.5 out of 5


Yog-Sothoth in jail.

3.5 out of 5


For R'lyeh Coming Out.

4 out of 5


Transformation vixen hunt..

3.5 out of 5


Crowley likes the penis.

3 out of 5


Body harvested boy bits bonk breathe no more.

3.5 out of 5


Rooms of chopped up me, and others.

4 out of 5


Trying the dead thing.

3 out of 5


Pandemonium garden fertiliser.

3.5 out of 5


Staking dad Van Helsing.

3 out of 5


Invasion host.

3 out of 5


Damn, I'm possessed.

3.5 out of 5


Wild Hunt Mummy.

3.5 out of 5


Searat murder talk.

3 out of 5


Big Dog spare.

3.5 out of 5


Pool of Fallen Heroes.

3.5 out of 5


Ghost murder hunt.

3.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

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