‘Burnt Fur’ Anthology Edited by Ken MacGregor – Review

*This book has a trigger warning for torture and sexual violence*

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‘Phaedra fucking hates ducks.

Once, her Secondary School biology teacher, Miss Esmer Powell, told her that ‘ducks are the most perfect sexual specimens’. Perfectly vile, Phaedra thought. It was about the one thing she’d disagreed on with Miss Powell. She was a wonderful teacher, if a little on the edge sometimes of what was appropriate for students aged nine to ten. She got away with it because she was as charismatic as she was authoritative. As pretty as she was tactful. And her knowledge of wildlife, flora and fauna, species of animal, was frankly mind-blowing. Phaedra had been amazed to discover she didn’t have a PhD. It was part of the reason Phaedra was on a mission to get one herself.’ (‘Mallard’s Maze’ by Joseph Sale)

 

Synopsis –

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

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Thoughts –

Burnt Fur is an anthology for the animal in you. Rife with sexual exploits, gorey violence, and questionable characters. Burnt Fur takes you on a journey through the worst of humanities fantasies, vengeance spurred on by supernatural forces, men with pig faces, opossums who want men’s faces, beasts that masquerade as humans, and humans that masquerade as beasts.

Taking the horror we feel for beasts that we don’t understand or can’t control and blending it perfectly with the horror we feel for the beasts we are ourselves, this anthology crawls under your skin and stays there. Starting off on one of the more somber and non-erotic stories, ‘The Moon in Her Eyes‘ by Sarah Hans eases you in with an unusual take on a usual trope. Next up is ‘Mallard’s Maze‘ by Joseph Sale brings the first toe dip into the horrors of beastiality, and more importantly, how terrifying ducks are.

From there the series escalates in theme and tests just how strong the readers stomach is, but I never found the violence or erotic scenes gratuitous. The writing of each story has its own voice and there isn’t a story in this collection that felt phoned in – the writing is impeccable. There is violence though it serves the story, sexual deviancies though they aren’t excuses for cheap thrills, there are chilling and thrilling stories and every one of them with characters both sympathetic, utterly disgusting, and deranged. Read at your own discretion.

 

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Whatever you’re into, this anthology will certainly get under your skin… or fur.

 

About the Editor –

Ken MacGregor’s short stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, magazines and podcasts. One of his stories was nominated for the Micro Award. Ken is a member in good standing of The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers and an Affiliate member of HWA. He lives in Michigan with his family.He can be found on Facebook (Ken MacGregor – Author), Amazon and at ken-macgregor.com.

 

Contributing Authors –

Sarah Hans (The Moon in Her Eyes)

Joseph Sale (Mallard’s Maze)

Theodore Deadrat (Salivation)

N. Rose (The Hamford Pigs)

Paul Allih (The Willingness of Prey)

Rachel Lee Weist (6 Dicks)

C.M. Saunders (The Others)

Elliot Arthur Cross (Randall Rabbit)

Rue K. Poe (A Concubine for the Hive)

Thurston Howl (Five Nights With Teddy)

Matt Scott (Oh Piggy, My Piggy)

Stephanie Park (Ware the Deep)

Michelle F. Goddard (Molt of a Diminishing Light)

James L. Steele (The Victims)

 

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