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The Outcast Hours

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Bold new anthology from the acclaimed editors of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories

We live our lives in the daylight. Our stories take place under the sun: bright, clear, unafraid.

This is not a book of those stories.

These are the stories of people who live at night; under neon and starlight, and never the light of day.

These are the stories of poets and police; write
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Solaris
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, short-stories
I adored the first anthology by the editor duo so much that I did not hesitate for a single second before requesting this one and immediately starting to read it. Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin do have a great way of building anthologies and even though I did not love this one as much, I will still be on the lookout for more work by these two.

These stories all take place at night, in the liminal spaces that entails, and span a wide array of genres. For me, the first half of the anthology was by
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2.5 Stars
The Outcast Hours is not my typical read.  First, it falls on the darker side of things and then, it is an anthology.  I generally don’t read a lot of those since usually they have a short story by one or two authors I know and the rest aren't as important to me.  But I thought I’d give this a try, based of the darker si
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, netgalley
Actual rating: 3.5 /5

I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies. I always read one. Sometimes it takes me two days to finish it, sometimes a few months. I enjoyed Murad & Shurin's Djinn Falls in Love Anthology, so once I learned about Outcast Hours I knew I had to read it. Thanks to NetGalley I could do it few months before official publication date (February 2019).

The anthology focuses on things that happen at night. Most assembled stories treat the topic seriously touching darker sid
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having always been fascinated by the night and darkness The Outcast Hours was a no-brainer. We are all so used to reading books in which events take place in the light of day, but, here, each story takes place under the cover of darkness; it really is quite refreshing and makes this collection rather introspective in nature. There is a diverse range of contributors from all around the world, and some of the writers included are China Mieville, Will Hill and Francis Hardinge, but as with all anth ...more
Avery Delany
Thank you to Rebellion Publishing for providing me with an advanced reader copy of The Outcast Hours in exchange for an honest review

DNF @ P159 - Major, major content warnings for a lot of the stories in this anthology. More information to follow shortly but please be aware that there is a lot of violent content in this book as I would hate for anyone to go in, like myself, completely unaware and struggle with the material. Some of the content notices include suicide, spiked alcoholic drinks,
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is actually 3,5 stars, but let's just round it up to 4, because when this anthology is good, it's GOOD.

A common problem with anthologies, this also was uneven, and the sheer number of stories (24, I think) didn't help. I ended up having to consult the table of contents to remember the stories, apart from my two absolute favourites, "Ambulance Service" and "Above the Light". Especially the latter, it was absolutely brilliant.

**Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading The Outcast Hours, I remembered why I don't like anthologies. The short stories are too short, and everything seems disjointed. The premise of night people and creepy shadows is intriguing, but this one is not for me.
Most anthologies are mixed bags, however this one was a particularly good mixed bag.

The theme of the book was NIGHT. So most of the stories either take place at night or have night as a theme. So great. There are a mixture of genres but with a theme like "night", the best stories were thrillers.

The goal of the editors was to have diverse writers with diverse characters, and I think they really achieved this. There were LGBT characters, there were biracial characters, there were stories from non
David Harris
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to the publisher for a free advance e-copy of Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin's new anthology themed around night and the dark, via NetGalley, so that I could take part in the book's blogtour. When I heard this anthology was coming out, I knew I would have to read it!

Why did I want to read these stories? Not only do the editors have a seriously impressive track record - and look at the authors' names! - but the theme, night, is something that's always intrigued me and fired my imagin
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog!~

Oh anthologies. They are often hit or miss with me, sometimes I love all the stories and sometimes only some. But anthologies are wonderful reads for in-between other books.

This anthology has the theme of the night. Or, perhaps people who are generally at their best at night. I can certainly relate with that! I am one hundred and fifty thousand percent at my best at nighttime. So, of course, I couldn’t resist this one.

I’ll admit that I picked it up mostly for Chi
The Unseen
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Rounded up from an actual 3.5/5 rating)

Night time is a peculiar thing. To some, it is a harbinger of fear and danger, waiting to prey upon our weaknesses and fallibilities. To others, it provides respite and freedom from the everyday grind, an opportunity to release one’s inner self. For me, it is both friend and foe, harbouring threats and opportunities in equal measure, but does so with the open arms solitude and independence.

The idea of ‘night’ is the focal concept of The Outcast Hours, the
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for providing me this book to review via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

This is a short story collection and like most short story collections there's a few stories that I enjoyed more than others. The Outcast Hours is focussed around the night and most of the stories are haunting which I quite enjoyed. The stories are also reflective of real life which I thought was amazing and there were a few stories that almost seemed too real. I loved that the stories take pl
Amy Layton
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
What an interesting anthology!  I'm always here for short stories, especially when I can't devote myself to an entire book or section of a book before bed.  This was was eerie, freaky, and strange.  Which basically means it's right up my alley.  Perhaps my favorite story was the first--"This Book Will Find You".  Oh, man!  That one really set the precedent for the rest of the tales, and what a good precedent it was.  

The amount of genres this book encompasses, sexualities, races, ways of life. 
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I seriously wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did, because short story collections aren't usually my cup of tea, but this one certainly surprised me. There wasn't a story which I didn't at least like/was intrigued by, and that honestly speaks volumes.

Some of the stories we're longer than others, but I'd say that all of them were on the longer side of short stories, which really helps you to get into the story. I felt creeped out and honestly in awe sometimes, reading about people someti
J.D. DeHart
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A variety of authors assemble to create a fine anthology of bold, incentive stories that show the brand of stellar creativity this genre has to offer. Highly recommended reading for fans of sci-fi old and new.
This novel contains stories that take place at night. As such I assumed most of the stories would be horror based as when I think of nighttime stories I think of things that go bump in the night. However that wasn't the case as most of the stories seemed just to feature average citizens during the night doing normal activities.

My favorite stories was Blind Eye by Frances Hardinge with This Book Will Find You by Sam Beckbessinger, Lauran Beukes and Dave Halverson, Ambulance Service by Sami Shah
Yasser Ahmed
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Outcast Hours is the latest anthology by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin, following The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories from last year. I love stories set at night; a lack of action forces the characters to face their inner troubles, in turn making the story more introspective. That combined with me thoroughly enjoying Djinn a few months ago made this an instant request.

Anthologies, by design, have some similar theme or genre and The Outcast Hours is no different. As can be deduced from
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an eARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'll include a quick little review of each story below. There were a lot of stories in this anthology and I'm not sure it really needed to have so many. There were also little interludes every so often that weren't named as stories but simply numbered in my table of contents. They didn't really work format wise in the eARC version for me because the only way to recognize the story before had ended and you were reading th ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darkness, demons and deception are some aspects of the night explored in these stories from a variety of cultures and settings. They are linked by the idea of the “Outcast Hours” of the night, when all limits are off, when every type of emotion, including fear, hate and loathing can spring forth. Needless to say, spirits move and all sorts of creatures emerge, but most of the stories relate to far more basic sources of evil – the human kind. With twenty four stories in this book there is so much ...more
Sunyi Dean
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fantasy
Nota bene: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley. All my opinions are my own :-)

How does one review a short story collection? Specifically, a large anthology with a wide selection of authors and styles, encompassing both speculative and mainstream fiction? I wasn't entirely sure, and had never tried to write such a review before (especially spoiler-free; what would one talk about when there is no over-arching plot?) but wanted to give it a go anyway.
Maxine Robinson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
3.5 rounded up because some of the stories are absolutely amazing.

The Outcast Hours brings together a large variety of contributors, most I haven’t heard of before. As a result we get an incredibly diverse range of tales. We have a couple based in America, but most of them are set in the Middle East or Europe.
Each tale encapsulates an aspect of the Night. Depending on the writer it could be a horror story, a tale of things that go bump in the night, a tale of redemption, even a tale of facing th
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this. Some of the stories didn't do it for me but they had merit. I will list below my review of each.

The microstories throughout the book by China Mieville - 0/5 terrible

This Book Will Find You, Sam Beckbessinger, Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen - 4/5 stars

It Was a Different Time, Will Hill - 2/5 stars - good setting but fizzled out

Ambulance Service, Sami Shah - 5/5 stars omg this was amazingly good

Blind Eye, Frances Hardinge - 2/5 stars meh

Sleep Walker, Silvia Moreno-G
Rachel Bridgeman
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-2019
I LOVE a good anthology and this is not just good , it is great. It covers the fields I love most to read-sci fi, fantasy and horror-and it’s concept is intriguing.

They are literal outcasts from daylight and people who haunt-literally-the hours of dusk throught the witching hour and beyond.

Shadows during day , they are free to emerge at night and symbolically represent the darkening of the soul-at night, without the glare of sunlight humans and inhumans alike can throw off the pretence of civili
Kelly Thomas
These are the stories of people who live at night; under neon and starlight, and never the light of the sun.

These are the stories of poets and police, tourists and traders; the hidden and the forbidden; the lonely and the lovers. This is their time.

Today I am taking part in my very first blog tour, one of the goals I set myself at the start of the year and didn’t think would be happening so soon. Anyway, I’m excited to be involved in the blog tour for The Outcast Hours edited by Mahvesh Murad
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Thank you Netgally, Rebellion Publishing and Solaris Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!
This is a story who are members of the "outcast hours", the hours under the moon, stars and neon lights. AKA the witching hour. The poets, authors, waiters, gamers, policeman, the lonely and the lovers.
The idea of the "outcasts" of society always intrigues me. There's something fascinating about the creative, the brilliant, the weird and I think this book mostly delivered on this.
It's a
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is someplace else. This is always someplace else. The night is an open door to another world.

The Outcast Hours is an anthology of tales that happen at night, featuring monsters and death and things that lurk in the shadows. And while the premise and cover were enough to draw me in, I happened to forget my love-hate relationship with contemporary short stories.

Many of the stories in this anthology I did not enjoy, making for weak, non-compelling reading experiences. Either they were writte
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
A collection of short stories perfect for those cold dark nights in winter, especially Halloween, The Outcast Hours brings together some incredible authors from many genres for something sci-fi.

There are some excellent stories in here, drawing from writers such as Frances Hardinge and Will Hill’s talents to share stories that are perfectly written. In particular stories such as ‘Blind Eye’ from Hardinge really were intriguing and I love the idea of a nanny for shady characters. In fact, I want
K.A. Black
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was unsure whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars for a bit, but ultimately landed on 4 because:
-I love the diversity in these stories not only in the traditional sense but of genre
-the difference in prose between them kept me reading through them at a rapid pace
-I love little snippets into people's lives and that was fulfilled in reading this.

There are quite a few stories in this anthology that will stay with me due to their beautiful prose, wonderful ideas, or haunting imagery. Saying that s
Dan Trefethen
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a theme anthology, the theme being "night". So the tales are dark, as you would expect, some of them even noir-ish.

I picked this up because I liked the previous anthology by these editors, "The Djinn Falls in Love", and because it had a few authors I like, such as China Mieville, Indra Das, and Lavie Tidhar. So I cherry-picked my way through it, reading only the stories from authors I knew or that looked interesting. One of the unexpected treats was "Sleep Walker" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Bernadette Robinson

I was really happy that I had the chance to take part in the Blog Tour for this book. Short stories are great they keep the reader engaged for a brief amount of time and are the perfect thing to pick up in between longer books to cleanse the literary palette. Co-edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin they have collected a wide range of short stories based on the hours after dark, known as The Outcast Hours.

The short stories cover a wide range of genres and some are not suitable for the faint
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