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Beyond the Pale

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories.

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Paperback, 2, 230 pages
Published July 7th 2014 by Birch Tree Publishing
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Nicola Mansfield
4.5 stars actually.

This is an absolutely fantastic collection of fantasy stories aimed at older Young Adults written by top-notch authors that all centre around the abstract theme of that thin veil that separates our world from the beyond. With most anthologies as a reader I always expect a mixed bag with perhaps a dud or two but Beyond the Pale is without exception the best collection of short stories I've read this year and this is my 10th. The stories range from great to excellent. Most of th
Henry Herz
Aug 29, 2014 Henry Herz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Praise for Beyond the Pale includes:

"Beyond the Pale features a stellar, diverse line-up, brimming with talent and imagination."
- New York Times bestseller Jason Hough, author of The Darwin Elevator

"Magic truly exists in Beyond the Pale. These tales are at times elegant, witty, romantic, frightening, exciting and always entertaining. Highly recommended."
- New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of Fall of Night and V-Wars

"Beyond the edge of fear and dread, shadows tell each other beau
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I really enjoyed the stories in this collection. Varying supernatural PG 13 stories. Each story completely different from the next and very memorable. My personal favorite story was Misery by Heather Brewer, that one really caught my attention and made me think. Stories about Gods, ghosts, Magic and many more. Escaping danger and standing your ground. It is definitely something I would recommend you pick up. I found it very entertaining and really great stories. There are some very good writers ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

I didn’t skip around in this anthology (because I usually don’t, but that’s just me), and I think it works better that way. It’s a fantasy collection, with a line up that frankly, if you’re a fan of fantasy/urban fantasy, it should blow your socks right off. The ultra talented Saladin Ahmed kicks things off with “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” about a physicker that is asked for help by a supposed mountain hermit, and it’s nothing like he ever coul
Amanda Evans
I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this book in return for my honest opinion. First off, I have to say that I love fantasy and it has always been a favourite genre of mine. This book is a compilation of short stories, something I very seldom read. I was a little apprehensive but I'm glad I received this book and it has changed my opinion of short stories completely. I always thought of short stories as being too short to actually capture the mind or attention. I didn't feel that they ...more
It looks like the cover is hand drawn and that's a thing I really like! It looks like the woman is curious about something (going into the woods).

Every single story in this book is beyond awesome. Many different influences to the whole of the book. I have to be honest... I'm a fan of Gillian Philip since I read the two stories! Frost Child was ah-mazing!! <3 Also Red Run was pretty awesome, I was soo into the story that I would have love it to be a whole book. :D
All in all, ever
Camilla Harris
A lot of variety in the stories! Everything from stuff with a mythological feel to a good ghost story. Definitely dark fantasy, although sometimes the dark bit was quite subtle and didn't really sink in until I reread a story. I felt that Saladin Ahmed and Peter S. Beagle produced the most beautiful stories, although my favorite is Gillian Phillip's South.
For the most part, its a consistently good, engaging anthology with stories I look forward to curling up with on nights when I can't sleep and
Lynn Williams
I was given an opportunity to take part in a book tour for Beyond the Pale and given the authors involved in this piece of work jumped at the chance. I love the way the book starts out with a definition of what the phrase ‘beyond the pale’ actually means – long story short it actually means to go beyond the boundaries of safety!! I like that. In fact the introduction got me off to a great start. Not to mention that cover. Just feast your eyes on it. It’s s
Rabid Readers Reviews
The editor of this novel, Henry Herz, gave me a copy in exchange for participating in this blog tour.

I am a huge fan of “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher so when the editor of the piece approached me to write a review, that author was the one I was most looking forward to reading. I’d heard of some of the others but had never read them and wasn’t really interested in learning more about that work. Everything changed upon finishing this wonderfully laid out anthology. The stories leave readers w
Leah (Jane Speare)
Overall an average 3ish rating.

Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela by Saladin Ahmed:

Not my cup of tea. I tried a few pages but couldn't get into it.

Children of the Shark God by Peter S. Beagle:

I'm not sure how to categorize this one. I haven't read any of his books before, but I've definitely heard about them. This story brings the classic moral-fairytale-esque idea and twists it all around for a completely original tale. There's something about the way he writes, like a true ancient storytel
Diego Elio Pettenò
I have to admit that I bought this only because Jim Butcher was in it as I'm an avid fan of Dresden Files, but plenty of times before I ended up discovering a good author through an anthology, so I gave it a try.

I have mixed feelings about this; some of the stories, in particular Gillian Philip's, were to me breathtaking — I have added Firebrand to my wishlist. Others fell short, way short.

I really have not enjoyed Pale Rider — it feels hurried up, even for a short story, and there is way too mu
I started this assuming it was an anthology of similar stories and then had to go back and re-read the intro to discover.. there is really nothing to connect these stories in any way. They've just all got some sort of fantasy element and an award winning/NT Best selling writer. That's about it.

Also a little disconcerting that a few of the stories are connected to other works, like Jim Butcher's story is connected to his Harry Dresden series and another acts as a prequel to a book, so if you have
Carrie Ardoin

While I did skip around when reading this collection, I don't think it made much difference to my review. Basically the only thing that tied the stories all together is that they all have some supernatural element. A couple I couldn't get into at all, but there were some standouts for me.

"Misery" by Heather Brewer--In this very short story set in a world of grey, Alek is dismayed when he finds out he will not be receiving his special gift. But once he realizes what the gift is, he may c
Katie/Doing Dewey
Like every anthology I've read, this collection included some stories I liked much more than others. However, in this particular collection there were no stories I disliked and I thought the majority of them were truly enjoyable. The first few stories read like fables and I didn't find them well developed or emotionally engaging. The third story was bland, poorly developed, and predictable. The last story was a funny retelling of Dracula but I didn't feel like the author brought much to it. I th ...more
I have a soft spot for urban fantasy, and for scary or creepy stories. So when the chance to read this anthology came up, naturally it pushed all my buttons and therefore I jumped at it. It certainly didn’t hurt at all that one of the stories in the lineup is tied into my favourite urban fantasy series! Jim Butcher’s “Even Hand” is among my favourite of his Dresden Files short stories, and despite having read it before I enjoyed it just as much upon re-reading as I did the first time. Being told ...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I love love love to read short stories (the literary ones from college are my favorites!), but I don't think that I've ever reviewed an anthology. Since I was so intrigued by the authors and the premise of Beyond the Pale , I figured that I would give it a shot.

I have to be honest and say that I skipped some of the stories for various reasons. I know that Jim Butcher is everyone else's favorite here at Bibliophilia, Please, but I am yet to read
Freda Labianca
Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela by Saladin Ahmed was weird in parts. Creepy, intriguing and clever though. The slightly far-fetched gives a magical feel to it. 3/5
The Children of the Shark God by Peter S. Beagle is a story that you need to let your imagination go wild with. I do wish the Shark God reacted differently. 3/5
Misery by Heather Brewer was a miserable story. Misery wasn't just the name of the town, it was everywhere and in everything. Wasn't my thing though. 2/5
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This was a very enjoyable collection of stories set in the fantasy realm. One of the things I really appreciate about short story compilations is that they introduce me to a lot of authors. I'd been wanting to check out Saladin Ahmed for some time; I now have been introduced to at least a glimpse of his style. I liked it, will definitely check out more. I also thoroughly enjoyed discovering Heather Brewer and Rachel Caine. And, of course, the main reason I purchased this book was that it feature ...more
This is a nice anthology of short stories of the unusual set in many areas of the world. There is an Arab story, and American Story and a Scottish story as well as stories that take place beyond our world entirely. The stories ranged from interesting to creepy to chilling. It was fun to read a story from the point of view of one of Harry Dresden's adversaries in Even Hand by Jim Butcher; and the story Frost Child by Gillian Philip hooked me instantly into a desire to read more of the Sithe and t ...more
Robin Edman
A few of the stories are so bad that I wanted to give the book a two-star rating just for having them in there. But a very few decent stories deserve better treatment, so I went up a notch. I'm still waffling, though, because the dogs? well, they howled.
I loved this whole anthology, every single story was so different and so interesting. Not one was the same and it was great. Plus ending with a version of Dracula with mice? Absolutely bloody brilliant.
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James Eckman
A collection of shorts, at least some published elsewhere. The cover art makes me feel young, like when all SF and fantasy had tacky cover art.
There are some charming stories herein.
As with any anthology, most of the stories were good, a few were just so-so, and a couple were really great. The Children of the Shark God was my favorite.
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Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. His debut picture book, MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES, was published by Pelican in 2015. WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY and LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH are scheduled to be published by Pelican in 2016.

Henry and his sons have also indie-published four children's books, including NIMPENTOAD (a fantasy early chapter book), which reached #1 in Kindle
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