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Enter At Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices

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If Gothic masters like Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker could whisper new tales from beyond the grave, what stories would they create in response to increasingly urgent issues such as the threat of environmental collapse, the ongoing struggles for equal rights, and the innumerable challenges, thrills, and dangers of life in the 21st century? In this new anthology, classic Gothic ...more
Paperback, illustrated, 292 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Firbolg Publishing (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Alex McDermott
Every Halloween produces a slew of anthologies and this season is no different. On FaceBook and Twitter, I’ve seen zombies, bloody knifes, mutilated corpses, more zombies, demonic leering creatures, and more zombies drift by. Most don’t catch my attention because they are all the same. There’s nothing that stands out. Enter At Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices is very different. It’s a unique collection of thematically paired stories. Editor Dr. Alex Scully took classic masters like Lovecra ...more
Chris
4 1/2 Stars.

I really enjoyed this anthology. Strong stories by several modern writers, particularly B. E. Scully (definitely have to read Verland now) juxtaposed with classic writers exploring similar themes. And not just the obvious most published stories by the older writers. "There Was A Man Dwelt by a Churchyard" by M.R. James was hair-raising and "The Spectre Bride" by William Harrison Ainsworth is one of the darkest stories I have ever read.

If you want to commune with some Gothic ghosts,
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Charles
The Old Masters of Dark Fiction in this collection include Poe, Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and other eminent storytellers from the late 19th and early 20th century. Most stories are brief, fewer than 10 pages, and could help pass time in a waiting room, bus or train.

The New Voices in this collection are a bit rough and their stories are in need of editing. But, some of the stories have potential and may appear re-edited in other collections or on the web. A story by Mari Adkins piqued my interest:
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Jamie O'Connell
Positives: Excellent focus on true Gothic! So many writers/ editors miss the mark on what Gothic literature really is… this collection gets it! I love the thematic connection between the older stories and the modern writers. It gave the collection a cohesive feel and created conversation that’s for sure. Excellent choice of classic authors as well, including Poe, Stoker, Lovecraft, Bierce and Maupassant. The Stoker was a really great find as it is a deleted chapter from Dracula and provides fres ...more
B.E. Scully
Oct 17, 2011 B.E. Scully rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
What kinds of stories would classic Gothic scribes like Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker create in response to increasingly predominant issues like the environment, equal rights, and the innumerable challenges, thrills, and dangers of life in the 21st century? In this new anthology, classic Gothic tales are juxtaposed with modern short stories in a fascinating exploration of how much things change in the world of horror and chills—and how much they stay the same! Each set of stories reflects some simi ...more
Billy
I loved this one! The editor took Gothic classics like Poe and Stoker and found modern writers who matched each one in terms of theme, tone, and atmosphere. WOW! Everyone from Lovecraft to Yeats is featured and the modern writers are amazing.
Rae M.
I got this through goodreads giveaways. Thanks!

This is a pretty good anthology with a creepy feel. If you're looking for slashers and gore, this definitely isn't the novel for you. As for me, I love a bit of good old creepy.

There weren't many stories I truly "disliked", just one on the top of my head, there are a few blahs, as expected in an anthology, but for the most part, the stories were interesting and creepy. I recommend it for fans of horror and suspense.
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  • Dangers Untold
  • Seasons of Insanity
  • Reflecting on Midnight
  • Howling III
  • The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011
  • Escape from Dead City
  • Macabre Rising: Tales of Man, Myth and Monster
  • Beastly Tales...or something of that nature
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  • Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales
  • Cursed! (With Bonus Material!)
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  • Long Black Coffin
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