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The Outcast Hours

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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  55 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;
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Solaris
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Hannah
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
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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 side
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Lukasz
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, anthology
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
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Lou
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 ...more
K.J. Charles
A collection of shorts collected by the editors of the magnificent The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (possibly my favourite antho ever and you should go get it right now) based around the concept of night people or people doing stuff at night. This is a pretty loose concept and the anthology is varied accordingly. I felt it suffered from that--some stories seemed completely unrelated except for a few things happening at night.

It had some brilliant pieces--Sami Shah's fantastic tale of
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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
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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,
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Niki
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
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Jypsy
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.
Ying
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
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Kristen
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
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The Unseen Librarian
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
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Alex Sarll
A collection of stories which take place at night. That's pretty much it; yes, they do tend towards the genre rather than just being plotless epiphanies after sunset, but there's even room for one or two of the latter. The writers are an impressive selection, though – Lavie Tidhar, Marina Warner, Lauren Beukes, M Suddain and many more. Plus, scattered between the stories proper, little page-long pieces by China Mieville, which have some of the same feeling of overheard nocturnal strangeness as ...more
Lucy
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
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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. There's
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Neonila
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
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BobNotBob
Some good, some... less good. Ranging from one star, to five. Three seems about right.
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.
Banshee
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
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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
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Sarah
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 ...more
Jen Hoskins
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, fiction, queer-lit
The Outcast Hours, a collection of short fiction from brilliant editors Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin, is all about the night. And just like the night, the stories that populate it are frequently unsettling, and full of not-very-nice people. (As such, it's important to warn for suicide, drug use, drink spiking, abuse, and deaths of queer people.) But it’s also full of freedoms—people (and not necessarily people) finding spaces beyond the ordinary in which to stretch and grow. It’s a place ...more
Julie
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.
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Maxine Robinson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
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
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Kim
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
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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
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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
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Jen
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Blog
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
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Qukatheg
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
I received this book for free through NetGalley.

The Outcast Hours is an anthology of dark fiction.
These are fantasy, horror and crime stories, stories about murder and monsters (human or fantastical). Though most of the stories happen during the nighttime, the night itself doesn't play a significant role in most. The common threads connecting these stories seem to be abuse, violence, and death.

I think I went into this with wrong expectations. Based on the description and title I was expecting
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