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Predator: If It Bleeds

(Aliens / Predator / Prometheus)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  83 reviews
An anthology celebrating the 30th anniversary of the PREDATOR franchise, IF IT BLEEDS includes seventeen brand new, never before seen stories--exclusive to this collection--featuring the Predators throughout space and time. Based entirely on the original films, novels, and comics, PREDATOR: IF IT BLEEDS (a quote from the original movie) reveals the Predators stalking prey ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Titan Books (UK)
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Ben Brown
The promise inherent in a “Predator” anthology would seem to be sky high…so why did “If It Bleeds,” which is comprised of 16 short stories by the likes of such greats as Tim Lebbon, Steve Perry, Kevin J. Anderson, Mira Grant, John Shirley, and Jonathan Mabberry, among others, ultimately leave me feeling so…meh?

I suspect it has something to do with the fact that, for all of the variety in settings that the stories may have – including stories set in the far-flung future, 9th century Norway, Viet
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Predator Fans

Predator is one of my favorite movies so I had to read this the second it came out! I was not disappointed, this was a consistently good time.

My favorite stories were the Predator through history:
Vikings vs Predator
Samurai vs Predator
Civil War plus Predator
Vietnam War plus Predator
I ate this up.

There were also several clever stories of people using the Predator to their advantage:
Abused kids lure Predator home
POW rescues Predator
Pretend to kill Predator... and then let it kill everyone Else
Greg Stillwagon
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: predator
This is OUTSTANDING. I have all the Predator books and I have enjoyed them very much. This one however, is just wonderful. The Predators are tough, vicious yet honorable. The stories are placed throughout history and are fast paced and great. Usually collections of short stories have a few "dogs" in them .... this book is FULL of good reads. I highly recommend it. I think after I read this I want to be a "Predator" when I grow up and join them on the hunt. ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A really great collection of stories. Most are standalone, but for one of them you will want to have read the novel Turnabout and another follows up with characters from Predator 2.
Malcolm Cox
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a short story collection, it would only be fair to give thoughts on each story, so here goes:
Story Name: DevilDogs by Tim Lebbon
What is it about? A squad off colonial marines are tasked with a retrieval mission on a remote research station.
Thoughts: This one read very much like an aliens story. Right up to the appearance of the Yaujta. Actually, even then, the feeling remained. Mixed in with the violence and action is quite a hard look on the liberties humanity feels like it can take.
Score: W
Riju Ganguly
Jun 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The anthology began strongly. Then it got mired into history. Then it exploded into other places, other times, and into absolutely different sort of nightmares that seemed both known as well as unknown. Eventually the book ended just like that thirty-five year old film had ended— with all our adrenaline spent but with a huge grin on our faces.
My favourites were~
1. Tim Lebbon's 'Devil Dogs';
2. Steve Perry's 'Rematch';
3. Peter J. Wacks and David Boop's 'Storm Blood';
4. Jennifer Brozek's 'Last Repo
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this (almost) back-to-back with the Aliens anthology it came more-or-less in tandem with (Bug Hunt) and the difference in quality is startling. Yes, the stories are repetitive, and no truly new ground has been broken in any of them, but almost none of the writing whiffs of cheap fan-fic – it is all solid, dependable yautja-on-ooman action, just as the cover promises.
Galina Krasskova
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
surprisingly good.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very sceptical about this after the Aliens one (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) but this is a very different beast.

For a start all the stories were enjoyable and felt like the authors had at least seen the films (if not the EU material and comics) which made things a lot nicer. The predators felt like they should, menacing yet honourable and interested in the hunt above all, the human characters usually had a good role to play and it all worked together nicely.

There's some nice A
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential for anyone that is a fan of the Predator franchise. There are no disappointments in any of the stories and the action is fast and furious. One of the standouts for me was Larry Correia's entry, set in feudal Japan, that ends with a wonderful revelation. I really like when fiction blends well with fact! Additionally, the final story of the collection by John Mayberry took me back to a story I read as a child. (It was a story about human fighters competing against vastly sup ...more
Towards the end of 2017/at the start of 2018 I picked up both this and Aliens: Bug Hunt, as I'd always had a soft spot for both those films.

Both as sci-fi anthologies; both are based around their respective properties.

I read the latter first, and (truth be told) wasn't overly impressed: while there were some good stories amongst those included, none really stood out all that much.

As a result, I put off reading this until I worked my way through some 'proper' novels, and only came back to this r
Ben Haile
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a quick read this turned out to be. Or maybe it just feels like that because I just finished the Lord of the Rings and I'm actually somewhat of a quick reader. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

There were some hits and misses, but overall, the good outdid the bad. Most of the short stories gave us the classic "lone survivor of a squad faces the alien responsible for killing his or her men". And on top of that, a handful of them feature parts told from the Predator's point of view.

Jan 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Really a stupendous collection of short stories, many of which serve as either prequels or sequels to pre-existing stories in the Predator universe. The stories are incredibly varied and unique, traversing vastly different time periods. One of the rare short story collections where no stories included within it are duds, all are solidly entertaining!

Favourite Story: Rematch by Steve Perry. Funny enough I own but have not read Predator: Turnabout yet and this story serves as a sequel. Despite no
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I've read a lot of Predator books, and this is one of the best. The short story format works well for this franchise, focusing on the actual human/Predator encounters - the good stuff - without getting bogged down in a full-length plot about the same old soldiers or colonial marine characters. Some of the stories are mediocre in both plot and writing quality, but most of are good enough to make up for a few duds. We get different time periods and settings, and variety of situations (Vikings, feu ...more
The Geeky Viking
Aug 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm a huge Predator fan. Love the films - yes, even the Alien vs Predator series - and the Dark Horse comic books as well as the tie-in novels. When I heard this book was coming out I immediately hit pre-order. After finally gotten to it on my TBR pile and cracking it open, I couldn't be more disappointed. This is a huge let down, with the majority of stories landing flat.

There's a few gems in here. Larry Correia's 'Three Sparks' was my favourite, with Jonathan Maberry's 'Gameworld' a close sec
Christopher Shields
Sep 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Another anthology of short stories from a variety of writers. This one seemed better than the ALIENS: Bug Hunt but still had its flaws. The stories center around the Predators at different times in human history and the anthology flip-flops backward and forwards in time. One story might be in the future, another in Feudal Japan, another during the American Civil War, another during Vietnam. There's even a story where the survivor of Predator 2 has his day again. The stories range from WTF to meh ...more
Tana Voyage
Oct 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Throughout the centuries their tech doesn't change. Unlesd they're going back in time? Anyway this isn't literature and you may lose a few brain cells reading it. But some stories are ok like the Japanese Samurai warrior one

DEVIL DOGS by Tim Lebbon : 3*
Futuristic space ship setting. Predator being experimented on by an ammunition corporation

STONEWALL'S LAST STAND by Jeremy Robinson : 3.5*
American Civil War setting.

REMATCH by Steve Perry :4*
Husband & wife predators hunting down a human couple
John Opalenik
Dec 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This collection was very reminiscent of the Dark Horse Comics mini-series they did with Alien, Predator, and combinations of the two set against several other foes including Batman. I say that as a compliment. Each story drops us into a new setting with a new set of characters, some more connected to the films than others, and tells us a quick, exciting story centered around the creature from the Predator franchise.

As with any anthology of short stories with multiple authors, I enjoyed some bet
Richie (Richie's Crazy Collection)
Devil Dogs (Tim Lebbon) **** [featuring a character from the RAGE WAR series]
Stonewall's Last Stand (Jeremy Robinson) ****
Rematch (Steve Perry) ****
May Blood Page My Way Home (Weston Ochse) ***
Storm Blood (Peter J. Sacks and David Boops) ****
Last Report from the KSS Psychopomp (Jennifer Brozek) ***
Skeld's Keep (S.D. Perry) ****
Indigenous Species (Kevin J. Anderson) ****
Blood and Sand (Mira Grant) **
Tin Warrior (John Shirley) ***
Three Sparks (Larry Correia) ****
The Pilot (Andrew Mayne) *****
Cheryl Meredith
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it should be...8-26-2020

I normally spend my reading/listening time with multiple genre’s that involve Alpha men and the women they love... but I also love all the Predator movies, Supernatural TV series, Underworld, X-Files, V-WARS, Frindge, SG1, Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight, Buffy, Angel, well basically anything that I consider supernatural! My son told me about this compilation, and now I am hooked! Needless to say, I have cashed in all of my Audible credits to feed my new found way of en
David Vinther
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-get-priority
I'm a sucker for everything Predator, I love all of the movies, no matter how goofy some may be. That said, this is a really good collection, with some real standouts. Rematch, by Steve Perry means that I'm now desperate to find a copy of his book Predator: Turnabout to read more about the characters in the short included here. Skeld's Keep, by SD Perry, was an awesome story that I wish would've been made into it's own book...Predators vs vikings, awesome. Jonathan Maberry is great as always wit ...more
Horror DNA
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r-j-macready
It's been a while since we've had any good Predator movies. The first one is obviously an amazing film that stands head-and-shoulders above any of the others. I didn't much like Predator 2, found the AVP movies to be pretty mundane, but enjoyed the breakneck pace of Predators. I've also enjoyed some of the comics, but those are pretty hit-and-miss too.

The bottom line, though, is that I like the Predator as a creature. Ergo, a volume full of new stories written by some talented writers sounds lik
Steven Simmons
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic anthology in the same vein as the Alien anthology from earlier in 2017. I enjoyed the stories and different perspectives that range from Earth's past to humanity's future. Some of these stories would be a great basis for a new Predator film.

I can't really say there was any story that I completely didn't care for. There was one story where the action seemed to blend together because of confusing writing but other than that this was a fantastic read. I hope they do another one in the fu
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Like most short story compilations, this book has its strong tales and its weak ones. A fair number of these stories share the same formula: what if Historical Conflict X, but the Predator is there? We saw the Predator in Vietnam, the Civil War, a western outlaw battle, a viking siege, etc. Interesting at first, this began to grate on me by the end of the book. Fans of the franchise will enjoy this book as much as I did, but I'm guessing readers without a fondness for the Predators won't be addi ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by this book. I picked it up on a whim because my son is really into Predator stuff right now. I've seen a few of the movies but know like 0 of the lore. Having said that, these stories were 100% excellent reads. They were easy to follow even without knowing the lore and i can only imagine that people who do know it would love them even more than I did. Each story is self standing and pretty short so they don't take to long to read. I would 100% suggest this book to any fa ...more
Nov 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this anthology since other franchises have been doing similar ventures successfully. Unfortunately, that is not the case with this set of short stories. The second story titled "Stonewall's Last Stand" is hands down the best story and the only one really worth reading. The only other somewhat enjoyable one was the samurai story (but I can't remember what it was titled). These two stories are the only reason I gave a second star. Even the last short written by the great Jonat ...more
Apr 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Holy CRAP! This book is GREAT! I didn't read one not ONE bad story in here!
If you're a fan of Predator comics, movies, books, or whatever..get this! It's a great anthology of Predator tales taking place in the past, present, and future....where the galaxies greatest hunters do their thing and hunt..stalk, and kill. They got a code of honor, so there's that.
I'd like to add that one story is a sequel to "Predator 2", and one is a sequel to a novel written a few years back. So you might want to get
Out of all the stories in this anthology I only skipped three after reading the first few pages. That’s high marks. In most anthologies I find I only like half of the stories. The other 13 stories that I read in full I’d say 10 of them left me wanting more. I will also be looking to read more from several of the authors. If you count yourself a fan of the films or some of the past books or comics give this a try.
Clara Ellis
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love all things Aliens and Predator. I love the combination of the two and I must say that this was a wonderful Predator only book. This book has a series of short stories about humans versus Predators and I was happy to see at least one story in which the Predator won. The interesting stories for me were the ones in which humans and Predators worked together! Read, enjoy and have fun. Do not look for deep, thought provoking ideas when reading this series.
Brian Lakes
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun read if you’re a Predator fan. Some great stories here and some not so great, but still fun stories. Don’t expect any deep meaningful words here. It’s just straight into the action. I don’t remember all the names of the short stories (and I’ll probably screw up the names of the ones I think I remember) but, among my favorites were: Stonewall’s Last Stand, Three Sparks, and the Predator 2 sequel story with the Mike Harrigan character.
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