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Chilling Tales: Evil I Did Dwell; Lewd Did I Live (Chilling Tales #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  11 reviews
18 Spine-tingling Tales Best Served Chilled... This tome includes selections by iconic Canadian dark fantasy and horror writers Nancy Kilpatrick, Claude Lalumière, Brett Alexander Savory, Robert J. Wiersema, Richard Gavin, Barbara Roden, Leah Bobet, Michael R. Colangelo, Simon Strantzas, Jason S. Ridler, Suzanne Church, David Nickle, Christopher K. Miller, Brent Hayward, S ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by Hades Publications (first published April 2011)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I'm not sure I'd call most of these stories horror. More like dark fiction. Some were a little too oblique for my tastes (I had more than a few 'Huh?' moments), but the writing caliber was good across the board.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
Pretty much all the big names in Canadian weird fiction are present in this anthology, so it's a little surprising to find the results slightly lackluster. Nearly all of the stories are thoughtful and well-written (far more so than is the norm with horror anthologies), but none of them are stunningly imaginative or creative. The book forms an interesting contrast with the last anthology I read, an entry in Kevin Donihe's "Bare Bones" series. There's no question that the present tome offers consi ...more
If it were an option, I would give this anthology two and a half stars. Overall, it had a greater number of reasonably well-written stories than many small press horror anthologies I've read--but ultimately, I'm not sure Chilling Tales is entirely a horror anthology. It's not bad fir what it is--though neither is it amazing--but very few of these stories were anything close to what I'd call chilling, at least for me. And a number of them were also fairly derivative. I knew from the first page or ...more
Ursula Pflug
This review appeared in the NYRSF in Jauary 2012.

Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live
Edited by Michael Kelly

Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-894063-52-4
224 pages

Review by Ursula Pflug
684 words

Many Canadian readers of horror and the supernatural turn to the U.S.'s mega-selling authors such as Stephen King, his son Joe Hill, or Peter Straub. Those writers are all superb craftsmen, but we have some fiercely good talent right here at home including those authors represented in Chillin
The horror anthology Chilling Tales is a collection of 18 short stories. These have been gathered from Canadian authors living around Toronto. At first, I worried that this could be a group of people trying their first go at horror tales, but this was not the case. Each of these authors has been in the game for a while and this is just one of their many credits in the field of horror writing.

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Christopher Munroe
A compilation of Canadian-only horror? I'm in! And once done, mildly disappointed. A large enough number of stories here were enjoyable that I kept reading to the end, but I admit, this was more miss than hit for me. A lot of conceptual work, some great but the majority not, I kept with this for the few stories that worked (in some cases, very well) but overall I wanted more. Compilations are like that, I suppose, but still, Canadian authors writing horror set in Canada, and I'm in Canada and ca ...more
Brent Hayward
Jul 14, 2013 Brent Hayward rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclosures up front: I have a story in this book. I know, to varying degrees, over half of the contributors, including Michael, the editor, and had previously read little of their work. Overall, the collection was more subtle than graphic, lyrical throughout, and some stories deeply affecting. A solid anthology.
Matt Moore
A collection of the top Canadian talent in horror has something for everyone. From Nancy Kilpatrick's straight ahead horror story "Sympathy For the Devil," to Michael R. Colangelo's disturbing "Blacklight," Leah Bobbet's lushly written "Stay" and the memorable "The Weight of Stones" by by Tia V. Travis.
Canadians are very weird. Most of these stories made my brain hurt. They just didn't make any sense. Two I liked were Sympathy for the Devil and My Body. The Needle's Eye really freaked me out.
Apr 04, 2013 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
My story, "The Needles Eye" is in this anthology, so my opinion is likely biased, but Michael Kelly did a great job editing this one.

Must finish reading ALL of the stories.
Review coming soon.
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Michael Kelly is the author of Undertow and Other Laments,and Scratching the Surface; as well as co-author of the novel Ouroboros. His latest book is Chilling Tales (as Editor).

His short fiction has recently appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including All Hallows, Best New Horror, Dark Arts, the Hint Fiction Anthology, PostScripts, Space & Time, Supernatural Tales, and Tesserac
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