*Disclaimer – I received free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
For all the essential workers who were on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, for those lost during this horrible time: You are not forgotten.
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With stories from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Tim Lebbon, Tales of the Lost is a charity anthology with some bitter sweet dark stories in it. With also proceeds going to a Covid19 relief fund, this collection runs with the theme of things that are lost, from time to loved ones, memories to innocence.
Not only is ‘Tales of the Lost: Volume 2’ donating all it’s proceeds to a good cause (a COVID-19 relief fund) but it is also a stellar collection. Including stories from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Tim Lebbon, this anthology explores the theme of loss. Lost time, lost memories, and even loss of self. Thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this, as well as the few poems scattered throughout. Heart-breaking, bittersweet, and at times chilling, would definitely recommend.
A couple of favourite were ‘Cracks’ by Chris Mason; the story of a young boy who enlists the help of a mysterious stranger to find the hours he lost when his brother went missing a fantastical and bitter story. ‘Mr. Forget Me Not’ by Alex Kirkpatrick follows a young woman story of love, marriage, and children and the dark figure that only she can see who knows more than she does, a heartbreaking tale of lost memories. And also ‘The Case of the Wendigo’ by Tracy Cross; a Wendigo’ stalked a small black community, forcing the local children to go on the hunt – funny, modern, and brutal.
Tales of the Lost: Volume Two is an anthology that encompasses the grief and horror of losing something. The stories in this anthology are a fitting tribute to everyone affected by this pandemic and will hopefully bring some temporary distraction from these current times.
About the Editors –
Eugene Johnson is a Bram Stoker Award winner, a bestselling editor, author and columnist. He has written as well as edited various genres, and created anthologies such as Fantastic Tales of Terror, Drive in Creature Feature with Charles Day, the Bram Stoker Award nominated non-fiction anthology Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre and many more. He has had stories published by award winning publishers such as Apex Publishing, Crystal Lake Publishing and Things In The Well Press to name a few. He is currently an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
Steve Dillon wears the face the face behind the mask at Things In The Well. As a writer, editor, and publisher of more than 20 anthologies and single-author collections, he considers himself fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest names in horror including Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Christopher Golden, and many more, as well as dozens of emerging and award-winning writers. He has published two collections of his own short stories and poetry and is working on a third. He’s also very active in too many Facebook communities and is a former president of the Australian Horror Writer’s Association.
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