Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters
Monsters: As old as the oldest of stories, as new as our latest imaginings. From the ancient stone corridors of the labyrinth to the graffitied alleyways of the contemporary metropolis, they stalk the shadows. Leering from the darkness of the forest, jostling for space in our closets, they walk, crawl, creep and scuttle through our nightmares. Close as the clutter under th...more
I've often compared reading anthologies to mining. Sometimes you find a rich vein, other times you find an inferior vein. Perhaps this particular book is like archeology. In archeology, you may find some historically significant artifact, but most often you find broken potter, trash or coprolites (that's fossilized poop, fyi).
There are a few good stories, in here, but by and large there are very few examples of good writing here. Many are juvenile and seemingly obsessed with bodily functions and...more
However, there were others that were downright boring. Or that tried to compensate for lack of good frightening story telling by over compensating with gratuitous violence. Nearly all of them had unnecessary language. Many of those I would have given 1 star individually.
Therefore, I give the whole collection a 2. If 2.5 wer...more