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4.53  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Bloodstones is the latest anthology edited by the award-winning Australian editor, Amanda Pillar. With Bloodstones, Amanda Pillar presents stories themed around myths and legends, in a dark urban fantasy setting. The anthology comprises 17 stories by a number of notable and up and coming writers: Dirk Flinthart, Nicole Murphy, Penelope Love, Jenny Blackford, Pete Kempshall ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 2012 by Ticonderoga Publications (first published October 1st 2012)
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Seventeen stories of monsters more unique than vampires: ghosts and gorgons and shapeshifters, hidden in plain sight on the fringes of the mundane and urban. Each story appears in Bloodstones for the first time, making it welcome exposure to new fiction (and writers, most of them female!) that unfortunately falls into the pitfall of purpose-written stories: transparency and redundancy. About half the stories walk a single path: Wikipedia-based research, a culturally-appropriative monster and a w ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I can't comment on a bunch of individual stories, since they're eligible for the Aurealis Awards and I am a judge. And another caveat: I have a story in this one! My general comments are for the rest of the stories in the anthology.

Hands down, one of the best anthologies I have read in latter years. So much good writing (and I don't doubt amazing editing - Amanda Pillar is an incredible editor who works extremely hard at getting every last shiny facet out of a story), with a mix of some really u
Alan Baxter
Jun 06, 2013 Alan Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Caveat: I have a story in this collection.

But aside from that, this is s brilliant anthology of short horror fiction. It truly stretches the boundaries of the horror tropes, playing all kinds of myths and legends in all kinds of setting. A first class anthology of which I'm very proud to be a part.
Jennifer Brozek
Oct 29, 2012 Jennifer Brozek rated it it was amazing
For those of you who are familiar with Amanda Pillar’s work on anthologies, it will come as no surprise that she has done it again and produced an anthology well worth your time. BLOODSTONES (Ticonderoga Publications, Nov 2012) is an anthology of unusual monsters in both familiar and unfamiliar places.

Shunning the familiar vampires, werewolves, and zombies, the BLOODSTONES anthology looks to the ignored monsters—the toyol, the gorgon, the foam born—for its stories of survival, love, and revenge
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.
Jan 23, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
A really solid anthology. Proves that good urban fantasy needn't have a single vampire, werewolf or zombie. Unsurprisingly, some stories appealed to my specific tastes more than others but all were interesting and well written.

Well worth a read!
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Amanda Pillar is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Australia, with her husband and two cats, Saxon and Lilith.

Amanda has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited the fiction anthologies 'Voices' (2008), 'Grants Pass' (2009), 'The Phantom Queen Awakes' (2010), 'Scenes from the Second Storey' (2010), 'Ishtar' (2011) and 'Damnation and Dames' (2012). Her first solo antholo
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