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Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies by Martin H. Greenberg
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Apr 11, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, horror-suspense, anthology, reviewed
Read from November 28 to December 05, 2011

I'm not sure what should be expected from a book with a cover like this, even if it is supposed to be full of camp. Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies is a collection of 15 tales of supernatural animals, from, um, zombie raccoons to killer bunnies and alien bats. Unfortunately most of the stories end up in the disappointing category. A handful suffer from a combination of humorous premise, but a lack of humor within the story that makes them come off as kitschy. Another handful start really great but end very abruptly, sometimes 6-7 pages of great story suddenly wrapped up in half a page. And more aren't really full, fleshy stories, but instead are characters arguing about something or simply witnessing something.

The only solid story in the bunch is ″Things That Crawl″ by Richard Lee Byers. Hats off to Tim Waggoner's ″Bone Whispers″, ″Faith in Our Fathers″ by Alexander B. Potter and ″Her Black Mood″ by Brenda Cooper which were good reads, but seemed like they'd have been in a better fit in a darker, more serious collection of tales. Unless you just have to have this for fun's sake, there are better anthologies out there.
Contains: language, violence
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