Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gothic! edited by Deborah Noyes

Ten stories from well known authors all in the tradition of dark stories, some with black humor and all with a clinging sense of dust and decay. There are houses with minds of their own, vampires that no one believes are vampires, serial killers who won't stay dead, and witches performing various rites of passage.

Genre: short story; gothic; supernatural

Rating: 4.5/5

An excellent collection of short stories from everyone from Vivian Vande Velde to Neil Gaiman. Gaiman's contribution "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" is particularly good (and actually the most lighthearted of the book). Velde has maybe the most unsettling in "Morgan Roehmar's Boys". Gregory Maguire wins Hardest-Story-to-Figure-Out-What's-Happening-In with "The Prank", but then that's generally my feeling about his writing. On the whole it's a good collection. I only mark it down points for having a predictable entry or two, but it was a very good YA short story collection.

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