Welcome to the Show
17 horror Stories. One legendary music venue.
We all know the old cliché: Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now, add demons, other dimensions, monsters, revenge, human sacrifice, and a dash of the truly inexplicable. This is the story of the (fictional) San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.
In Welcome to the Show, seventeen of today's hottest writers of horror and dark
17 stories and I liked 16 of them - impressive, to say the least.
There are some great writers involved with this anthology and some great stories about The Shantyman.
Solid stories by Janz, Skipp, Smith, Rolfe (probably one of the best I've read by him), Cesare, Keene and Sangiovanni, if I had to highlight them, but there are three more I want to mention.
PARODY by Jeff Strand - yeah, most of you know how much I love his work. This one was even more special: 'Weird Al' Jankovic...yip, ...more
WELCOME TO THE SHOW is a themed anthology with all of the stories revolving around, (or involving in some way), a rock 'n' roll club named The Shantyman. That's it! There's no hard thread connecting all the tales other than the club itself. That makes WELCOME TO THE SHOW different because there's no one "bad guy" to blame things on. In this case, the "bad guy" is anyone or anything the writer wanted them to be. In this regard, I think the authors involved had a lot more leeway as far ...more
WELCOME TO THE SHOW centers on The Shantyman, a bar in the Tenderloin district of San Fransisco. The tales are told from The Shantyman's past and present and not one story is alike because of the wide variety of storytelling voices represented here.
I thought I would highlight some of my favorites from the collection:
NIGHT AND DAY AND ...more
Welcome to the Show is a horror anthology edited by Doug Murano and created/compiled by Matt Hayward, a new rock star of horror. Each story featured in these pages revolves around a fictional San Francisco music venue called The Shantyman, a place that is all about the music... and the evil, of course. Demonic dealings, ghostly possession, alternate dimensions, murder and ...more
Welcome To the Show is a shared world anthology. They don't always work, but this one's premise is simple enough and every one of the seventeen stories in the collection is true to the theme.
There's a well-known club in San Francisco where nearly everyone who's anyone has played at one time or another. The place is called The Shantyman. The thing is, despite its legendary status, the place has experienced its fair share of tragedy and there are tales to be told.
I wondered about the ...more
I sure had high hopes for this book being a big music fan and obviously being a big horror fiction fan too. With writers such as Brian Keene and John Skipp adding considerable literary muscle to the TOC, Welcome to the Show was never going to disappoint me really, was ...more
It's an uneven collection, perhaps because I'm just not that interested in the stories behind the music, but there were ...more
If I should ever be asked to identify my single favourite Crystal Lake Publishing anthology, I couldn't answer--for I deeply admire each and every one. This publisher consistently chooses authors, editors, and artists who produce work of the highest quality.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW is a themed Anthology, set in the venue of an unusual (and long-lasting) nightclub tucked away in a not-so-classy neighborhood in ...more
Sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll. It's the age-old cliché with music venues being considered places of hedonism and excess. But what if these places weren't only filled with people looking for a good time but also with the supernatural, the unexplainable, and the psychotic. The seventeen stories collected in Matt Hayward and Doug Murano's anthology, Welcome to the Showcentre around The Shantyman, a fictional ...more
This is a strong selection and a collection in which all clamour for the title of ‘favourite’. Some though did exert a slightly stronger pull, including What Sort of Rube – a ...more
A great urban legend that just didn’t quite work. So, here’s the thing.... Alan M Clark starts us off with a little bit of history. Excellent story and I couldn’t wait for more. I knew I was going to read tales from Jonathan Janz, Bryan Smith, Adam Cesare, Matt Hayward, Brian Keene, Glenn Rolfe, Patrick Lacey, John Skipp, Jeff Strand, and many more of my favourite horror writers. As stand alone stories, some were better than others. What didn’t mesh for me was the stories never ...more
What Sort of Rube - Alan M. Clark
Absolutely loved this one. Such a great voice and I found myself completely engrossed in it. A jealous father, island cannibals, and and old world curse? How can you not love it? This is my first time reading ...more
This collection of 17 unique stories has something for everyone. Ghosts, demons, time travel, vampires, curses, rips in the fabric of space,,,it is all here. You might think, "how can all these types of stories fit ...more
One story I liked here was Parody ...more
What an amazing bunch of stories! From shanghied sailors to the future world, the show must go on. All the stories are amazing but Open Mic has got to be my favorite.
This is one anthology you absolutely must read. It's fantastic.
The book starts right off with a solid five star piece: Alan M. Clark's introductory story 'What Sort of Rube' tells us about the dark ...more
My Thoughts on the Book
Welcome to The Show is like a brilliant rock song with crashing crescendos and banging stories – it’s bloody excellent.
What Sort of Rube
This story starts off the collection when a beggar promises to tell Beverly a tale that will sell to the papers. Beverly is taken on a voyage of imagination and terror.
Night and Day and In Between
The beautiful voice of Clara lures punters to ...more
So grab a drink, kick back and ...more
For this review I am going to choose some of my favourites.
Night and Day and in Between by Jonathan Janz: The year is 1926, Raft a PI has been hired to find Clara. His leads take him to The Shantyman, where a singer matching Clara’s description is performing. The early scenes in the club, were ...more
Without giving away too much, I’ll give you my thoughts on each story.
What Sort of Rube by Alan M. Clark - We start with a story within a story. A magazine ...more
Given the limited setting--a storied music venue in San Francisco's Tenderloin district--you might expect it to suffer from the repetition blues. Quite the opposite. It offers an insanely wide variety of subjects, styles, ...more
I love themed anthologies, especially when they have one central character or place. In the case of Welcome to the Show, that place is The Shantyman. A club that has seen more than its share of bad things happen. There was not one story in this book that I didn’t like. It was well written, well edited, and well worth the read.