Horror For Good is a charity anthology benefiting the AIDS charity amfAR and published by Cutting Block Press. Edited by Robert Shane Wilson, Mark Scioneaux and RJ Cavender, the collection features some of the biggest names in horror, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this killer line up.
My story, To and Fro, is a twisty dark SF tale with a sting in the tail. I can’t say much more than that, but I hope you’ll enjoy it. If you don’t it’s no biggie, as there are a ton of quality stories in here, plenty to be sure to cater to all horror tastes.
Here’s the full (eye-popping) table of contents.
A Message from the HWA President ~ Rocky Wood
The Journey of Horror For Good ~ Mark C. Scioneaux
Autumn as Metaphor ~ G.N. Braun
On a Dark October ~ Joe R. Lansdale
Mouth ~ Nate Southard
Blood for the American People Reception ~ Ray Garton
The Long Hunt ~ Ian Harding
The Apocalypse Ain’t so Bad ~ Jeff Strand
The Gift ~ Monica O’Rourke
The Silent Ones ~ Taylor Grant
Sky of Brass, Land of Iron ~ Joe McKinney
Consanguinity ~ Lorne Dixon
Dead Letters ~ Ramsey Campbell
The Monster in the Drawer ~ Wrath James White
Baptism ~ Tracie McBride
Atlantis Purging ~ Boyd E. Harris
Returns ~ Jack Ketchum
The Other Patrick ~ Brad C. Hodson
A Question of Morality ~ Shaun Hutson
The Meat Man ~ Jonathan Templar
A Man in Shape Alone ~ Lee Thomas
Solution ~ Benjamin Kane Ethridge
To and Fro ~ Richard Salter
Please Don’t Hurt Me ~ F. Paul Wilson
The Depravity of Inanimate Things ~ John F.D. Taff
The Lift ~ G.R. Yeates
The Eyes Have It ~ Rena Mason
Road Flowers ~ Gary McMahon
The Widows Laveau ~ Steven W. Booth & Norman L. Rubenstein
This Thing That Clawed Itself Inside Me ~ John Mantooth
Somewhere on Sebastian Street ~ Stephen Bacon
June Decay ~ Danica Green
Shiva, Open Your Eye ~ Laird Barron
Every penny of profit on each sale goes directly to an excellent cause. If you’re interested in getting into horror fiction, it’s an excellent way to sample writers you might find become firm favourites.
Here are some of the reviews. Michael R Collings has this to say in a glowing review…
…regardless of whether the author is a big-gun or a novice (one of the stories is the author’s first published sale), all of the stories are well worth reading.
And on Goodreads, there are three reviews. The first from Alexander Beresford talks about the great cause and the top talent, and in summary…
For the truly selfish ones out there, screw the publisher, screw the charity, get this for yourself, it’s one of the best collections of stories I have seen … and I’m probably older than you.
And the second review is by S.C.Hayden and is short enough to quote in full.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a small press anthology and didn’t bother finishing half the stories.
Not this one though. Every tale in this collection is good, some are very good and a few are great.
Lastly for Goodreads, Sheri White posted this model of brevity.
Most of the stories were great, but a few just didn’t do it for me.
Dave Brzeski of the British Fantasy Society has written this glowing review of the anthology. He says…
I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that I have absolutely no doubt that the book itself is going to win awards. It’s simply that good!
So, from the viewpoint of quality alone, if you only buy one horror anthology this year, you should seriously consider grabbing this one. When you add to that the fact that it’s for such a worthy cause, then how can you not buy it?
On the Booze and Books site, Ann highly recommends the book and says,
To say I enjoyed this anthology would be an understatement. This is one the finest collections of horror stories I have seen
Meanwhile, Dave at Hellnotes provides a very detailed and very positive review. He “singles” out nearly every story in the collection for praise, except a handful (including mine). I’ll try not to take it personally! The review is great though.
Although many stories will strike a painful note for readers, the best stories of this bunch share the ability to dig their claws into the hearts of every reader who decides to pick up this compilation of truly good horror fiction and not to let go.
At last, my story gets a little love courtesy of the Horror Fiction Review. In this writeup, To and Fro is picked out for special mention as one of the twelve best stories in the anthology. About bloody time! :) Scroll down over halfway down the page for the review.
I went through the book meaning to mark down the ones that really struck me as being among the best of the best, and before you know it I had marked more than a third of them!
More reviews to come!