EXCERPT: . . . his round head, covered with a shaggy blond pelt, turns slowly toward me and tips that creepy smile my way. He’s not surprised in the least to see me. It means that, oh yeah, he knew I was in the Eagle. Maybe he got off work and happened to see Larry and me stop by for a fast one. Or, also possible and more troubling, he followed me here.
My jaw tightens and heat swells around my face, which often happens whenever I see him. This is so unfair. I’m a twenty-six-year-old successful web designer, a good brother, a good boyfriend, a genial host at parties I throw for my clients and friends, a donor to NPR and animal rescue outfits. Objectively? I’m too old and too nice to have a bully.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A brand-new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre. Featuring both original in-universe stories and rarely seen reprints, this collection of nineteen masterful short stories brings together some of the genre’s greatest living authors. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan take on a delightfully twisted killer in Val McDermid’s ‘Happy Holidays’. In Fiona Cummin’s ‘Dead Weight’, an overbearing mother resorts to desperate measures to keep control of her teenage daughter. And in Dean Koontz’s ‘Kittens’, a young girl learns the truth about how her pets have been dying, and devises a horrible revenge. Tense, twisted and disturbing, Exit Wounds is a visceral and thrilling collection showcasing the very best modern crime fiction has to offer.
MY THOUGHTS: Oh this is a goody! This is a collection of stories mainly by authors that I have come to know and to love, about nasty people doing nasty things and, sometimes, getting their comeuppance. There’s a little bit of creepy stuff, but mainly it’s crime and murder all served up in tasty little bite-sized packages. There was only one story that I really disliked, and I enjoyed the majority of them immensely. Definitely recommended.
Exit Wounds is available in paperback, audiobook and kindle format.
THE COMPILERS: Paul Kane is the award-winning and bestselling author/editor of over 90 books, including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, Before, Arcana and Pain Cages (an Amazon #1 bestseller). He is a respected anthologist, editing books such as Beyond Rue Morgue, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, Hellbound Hearts and Exit Wounds. His website can be found at www.shadow-writer.co.uk and he tweets @PaulKaneShadow
Marie O’Regan is a British Fantasy Award-nominated writer and editor of horror and dark fantasy fiction. She is the author of four collections, Mirror Mere, Bury Them Deep, In Times of Want and Other Stories and The Last Ghost and Other Stories, and her anthologies include Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, Carnivale: Dark Tales From the Fairground, The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, Phantoms, Exit Wounds and Wonderland. She is Co-Chair of the UK chapter of the Horror Writers’ Association and lives in Derbyshire, UK. She tweets @Marie_O_Regan
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of Exit Wounds, compiled by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan, narrated by a full cast, and published by Blackstone Audio vis Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are totally my own personal opinions.
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