The Double Barrel series features two stories by each author, and these collected volumes put them all together in one handy paperback. Volume 3 features 6 authors, most of whom I’ve read before.
From Christine Morgan, (whose novel WHITE DEATH I’ve previously read and enjoyed), we have EYE SEE YOU, and it knocked my socks off. What a great way to kick off a collection!
From Robert Essig, (an author I have not had the pleasure of reading prior to this), we have FROM UNCLEAN SPELLS. I always have enjoyed tales about calling up ancient beings and/or casting spells and this one is a doozy.
Mark Matthews is an author I’ve followed for years now and his two stories were very different from each other, but GOODWIN wrecked me. It seems like it’s easy for Mark to rip my heart out and it happened yet again with this tale of guilt, motherhood and death.
Theresa Braun is an author I’ve followed on social media for a while, but I believe this is my first exposure to her work. Both of her tales were AH-MAZING, but STILLBORN-wow. Just… WOW.
Calvin Demmer’s short stories are nearly works of art. He’s wonderful at toying with the feelings of the reader. Both of his tales here were great, but HIGHWAY HUNGER is one that’s going to stay with me for a long, long time.
I’m familiar with and have even read some of Glenn Rolfe’s work in the past, but it seems to me that he has grown as a writer since that time. THE HOUSE ON MAYFLOWER STREET was fun and creepy and makes me want to read some of Glenn’s more recent work, and soon!
I liked the About the Author sections after their stories, and I liked that the covers from the previous individual issues were featured before each author’s tales. The artwork on them is kind of cool and has something to do with the tales within.
Overall I had great fun with DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOLUME 3 and I recommend it, especially to those readers looking for new authors. Collections such as these let you discover new voices in the genre without spending an arm and a leg, or investing lots of time buying and/or reading novels only to discover that a certain author isn’t right for you. I know that I’ll be adding novels, (if they’ve written them) from a couple of these authors, (Robert Essig & Theresa Braun, I’m looking at you!!), to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I look forward to reading more from all of these writers!
*Thanks to Calvin Demmer and Pint Bottle Press for the paperback copy with no strings attached. I freely chose to review it and I’m glad I did!*