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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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Chris
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
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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Hal Bodner
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
One really has to take a moment to appreciate what anthologist Dr. Alex Scully is trying to do with ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK: FIRES AND PHANTOMS. Her intent is not only an admirable one, it's an intriguing one. Dr. Scully's purpose seems to be to contrast more "classic" horror tales with those of more modern authors, all along a similar theme.

The theme she has chosen concerns itself with gay/lesbian issues. The challenge seems to be that, prior to the Twentieth Century, there may not be very much
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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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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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  • Blood Moon Chronicles
  • Dangers Untold
  • The Sorrow King
  • Seasons of Insanity
  • Reflecting on Midnight
  • Escape from Dead City
  • The Bridge
  • Beastly Tales...or something of that nature
  • Macabre Rising: Tales of Man, Myth and Monster
  • The Many Faces of Van Helsing
  • The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011
  • Sweetheart, Sweetheart
  • Hunt the Winterlands
  • The Beckoning Fair One
  • Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales
  • Bayou Myth
“Every hundred years or so a new Grim Anoukie is made; the Parish Priest at the time picks a victim, usually someone who has pissed off the church or simply wouldn’t be missed. He then buries them alive in the Virgin Grave; the rest is... history.”

Nicky Peacock
“The Virgin Grave”
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