The Shadow Worlds: Anthony Steven
Reviewed By Steve Stred
Full disclosure – this collection is a release from a fellow Kendall Reviews reviewer. As always, that played no role in any of this review.
I’d not read any of Steven’s work prior to this, but knowing I had a work trip coming up, I snagged this for review as I’d be able to read it while waiting in the airport and on the flight.
Steven’s writing was very smooth, the stories flowed really nicely and this collection covers a solid scope of topics and subject matter.
What I liked: The collection starts with a bang and continues that trajectory from start to finish.
Highlights for me;
The Doorway – this follows Jago and Briscoe two detectives investigating the events surrounding a nun’s death. This opens into other avenues and we get some great storytelling.
Night-Curse – Danielle is in hospital. Battling Cancer and undergoing chemo treatments when one night an incident occurs. Loved this one.
The Oller – Marie sees a newspaper story about a man from where she grew up and begins remembering things. Super creepy.
Injun Hunting – Not a big fan of the title, the story kind of alludes to why, but it follows an FBI agent playing cat and mouse with someone.
It was Death that Passed Her By – incident in a library. That’s all I’ll say, but spooky to the next level.
The Ape Man – a figure from Jackie’s past returns. Great mix of genres here, probably the most “page-turner” story in the group.
What I didn’t like: As with all collections you’ll find some stories that you love and some you don’t. I enjoyed the majority here and found it was a solid group.
Why you should buy this: Fans of dark fiction collections will really enjoy this one. Lots of directions overall and the stories are all told in a style that captures your attention and keeps it.
The Shadow Worlds
Dare you enter The Shadow Worlds? Meet a homeless man who is being hunted through the streets of London by a spectre from another world.
A police officer who questions her very existence when confronted with unimaginable evil
A lawyer haunted by his meeting with an alluring vampire
A businesswoman revisiting her past to confront a monstrous truth
These and many more tales of the Strange and Supernatural await in The Shadow Worlds.
Steve Stred is the Splatterpunk Nominated Author of ‘Sacrament’ and ‘Mastodon.’
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Steve has released over a dozen novels and novellas as well as a number of collections. He has appeared alongside some of horror’s biggest names within some truly excellent anthologies.
He is a proud co-founder of the LOHF Writer’s Grant and an Active Member of the HWA.