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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

States Of Terror Volume 3 edited by Matt E. Lewis, Keith McCleary & Adam Miller [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description

 

Bloody Mary. The Donkey Lady. Goatman. Champ. These names and others are whispered across generations as warnings of evil manifestations which dwell on American soil. Some are beautiful and misunderstood, others are nightmarish and unspeakable. Despite their differences, they share one thing in common: they are all part of the shared tapestry of terror which winds its way through time and space, but stays forever rooted in the landscape of the United States.

In this chilling conclusion of the horror anthology trilogy, 17 writers and 28 artists have teamed up to unleash the final beasts of the union upon an unsuspecting population. From the humid swamps of South Carolina to the dark forests of Hawaii, prepare yourself for one last journey through the states of terror, and whatever lurks within them.

The writers: J David Osborne, Amelia Gray, Rios De La Luz, David James Keaton, Andrea Kneeland, Eber Lambert, Gabe Durham, Lauren Becker, Bradley Sands, Jennifer Corley, Gabriela Santiago, Janice Lee, Kevin Maloney, Justin Hudnall, Gabino Iglesias, Michael Seidlinger & Robert Vaughan.

The artists: Adam Miller, Jacob Carignan, Aaron Conley, Haig Demarjian, Corinne Reid, Joshua Coon, Will Pottorff, Peter Pasquerello, Deanna Burke, Marie Enger, Peter Bergamo Jr., Daniel Kern, Cody Vrosh, Amanda Beard, Val Toukatly, Shaemus Spencer, Paul Lyons, Johnathan Adrian/venusjaw, Katherine Brannock, Sara Richard, Jim Ponte, Bryce Davidson, Jeff McComsey, Josh Morrissette.

 

 
Publication Date: October 31, 2016

Publisher: Ayahuasca Publishing

Publication Length: 150 pages

 

I received a copy of this book from the editor for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

 


States Of Terror Volume 3 focuses on the many legends of ghosts and creatures from across the US. The stories in this collection has horrors that I recognized (Bloody Mary, Champ, The Montauk Monster) as well as some that I didn't, but will remember (the Menehune, The Ear-Eater of Jasper County). Some of my favorites were The Best Chicken In Jasper County, I dare you to read this one without laughing. Tropical Paradise Lost will send delicious shivers down your spine. Revised Countermeasures shows what can happen when you mess with Mother Nature. Bloody Mary made me glad she never answered when I was a kid. As with most anthologies, not every story was a winner but most of them were full of creepy goodness. The illustrations that accompany the tales are a fantastic addition to this fun book. Recommended for fans of cryptids, creatures, and ghostly gatherings. A fast and fun 4 star read.

 

 
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Praise

 



"The regional monsters of States of Terror are at turns horrifying, disturbing, empathetic, misunderstood, and fun. The authors infuse a palpable sense of place in the re-imagined local legends, hauling their creatures and our monstrous selves out of the shadows." -- Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

 

 

"Lushly illustrated by as many artists as there are things to go bump in the night, this book is not for the faint of heart or for a dark and stormy night. Be afraid, be very afraid, of the talent and creativity to be found in these pages." -- Renee Mallett, author of Manchester Ghosts
 
 

 
Full of stories that zig-zag back and forth over the genre/lit line, States of Terror Vol. 3 has all the satisfactions of good style, the hooks of genre fiction, and everything you need to know about where the great American monsters are now. --Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

Some of our best contemporary fiction writers, gathered around a campfire with tales of cryptic hominids, teenage legends, eerie apocrypha, and beautifully terrible horrors -- States of Terror is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for adults. --J Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

All my favorite writers in a book as beautiful as this, telling stories about monsters I've never even heard of? Sign me up twice, please. I want to go through again. --Stephen Graham Jones


"This anthology is the set of nightmares you never knew you needed, a collection of radioactive musings from creators who prove that horror can simultaneously terrify and illuminate." -- Omega Level