Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology
If you take your fiction dark, Warmed and Bound is a rare collection: all killer, no filler. It’s amazing to imagine a collection like this, with so many authors and voices included, could come together to create something so solid from cover to cover. The range of emotion and tone in these pages is broad, even tending as they all do towards the darker, more depressing aspects of humanity. The reason for this, I think, is that most of the stories cling to, struggle with, and lift up the most im...more
This anthology pulls together stories that are sad, funny, frightening, beautiful and haunting. The anthology doesn't present a ...more
This volume of 38 stories include:
• Stephen Graham Jones hos ...more
In Steve Erickson’s dramatic foreword, he described “W&B” as a place where “fixation and fetish swap meanings and moments” and I thought he must’ve been referring to Matt Bell’s creepy and great “Mant ...more
Some notable favorites and names to watch for: Axel Tairi-"Death Juggler", Amanda Gowin-"The Wor ...more
Am I getting old? Am I growing up?! Perish the thought. I do think, though, that I'm outgrowing weird fiction. ...more
That being said, I enjoyed the anthology and the writing was overall refreshing.
I was going to do an individual review of each story I read, but that would probably take longer than it's worth. The stories I actually got through can be grouped into four categories. So, here's your reader's gu ...more
But it's not.
The plethora of talented authors destroying the page word by word makes this antho easily one of the best I've read in the last five years. What impresses me most is that, if you removed the names, you wouldn't be able to tell the 'established' authors from the 'emerging.' Every story is rock solid, full of vivd descriptions, complex characters, ridiculous jokes and bloody revenge. It's everything I could ask for i ...more
Standouts here include the usual suspects. Craig Clevenger, Gordon Highland, Stephen Graham Jones, Nik Korpon, Caleb J. Ross, and Richard Thomas are the first that I recall with good sharp, punchy stories. But then, they are among my favorite contemporary writers and I've come to expect outstanding work from them, so no surprises ...more
... here's the thing:
There are some stories in here that are absolutely spectacular. I made a list of those authors, and will immediately seek out more of their work, and totally expect to find one or two "new favorite writers" in that batch. (That "batch," by the way, in case you're interested is: Matt Bell, Nik Korpon, Christopher J. Dwyer, Craig Davidson, Blake Butler, and Vincent Louis Carrella.)
And there are stories in here that are, quite frankly, the worst things I've eve ...more