Monday, 22 April 2013

Anatomy of Death - first review round-up

Anatomy of Death is now slowly starting to make its way out into the world and, along with the trepidation that brings to a writer/editor, there's also the worry of reviews.  You want them, of course you do and you want honest ones but you also want people to like what you've done.

The first three reviews for the anthology are all good, I'm pleased to say and I've rounded them up here.  I'm sure there'll be bad ones along the way and I will, of course, keep you informed of those too!

As an aside, if you read the anthology and want to leave a review, I'd be very grateful (any and all feedback welcome) - drop by Amazon or the books Goodreads page and let me know what you think.

The first review came courtesy of Anthony Watson, at Dark Musings and he concluded his perceptive review with "Anatomy of Murder is fine addition to the Hersham back catalogue. Horror is indeed a broad church as Mark says in his introduction. Tastes may change, the genre will evolve (as it has to) but at the end of the day you can’t beat a bit of pulp."

Walt Hicks, at Hellbound Times, finished up his excellent review with "Anatomy of Death is a ruthless, doleful (and yet often playfully satirical) paean to those glorious days of the 70’s and 80’s when horror was campy, bloody, violent, gory and gratuitously sexual.  The selections are certainly well-written, provocative and extremely diverse, which may be problematic to some: the Mains and Volk stories are brutally graphic; Bacon and Probert wield a slightly less gory scalpel, while West's tale occupies more of a middle ground.  Readers may find this wide range of styles and intensity slightly jarring, but then again, that's what horror is supposed to do. The easily unsettled or offended will probably want to go elsewhere, because this ain’t no ‘quiet’ horror anthology."

Mattew Fryer, at Welcome To The Hellforge, had a lot of good stuff to say about the anthology and concludes with "I really enjoyed Anatomy of Death; in fact I demolished it in one sitting. “Just one more, then I’ll get up and do stuff…” was the repeated cry, but this slim, well-ordered volume had other plans. It’s deftly edited, the genre tropes are handled with affection, and there’s plenty of variation despite the specific theme. The stories shine with the quirks and particular strengths of each author, and if you’re not familiar, you could do worse than getting acquainted here."

If those reviews sparked your interest, the book can be found at the following locations:

Amazon UK - print and Kindle

Amazon US - print and Kindle

The Goodreads page is here

The Facebook page for the anthology is here

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