First Communions By Geoffrey Girard
Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future and has since written and sold more than sixty short stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Collected here, for the first time, are sixteen of his best, and darkest, tales.
The man who collects chips of bone from his willing victims... A legendary evil is adopted by a small, and thankful, village... The doomed girl invited to take part in a deliberate tragedy... A horrific church choir assembled after the zombie apocalypse... The boy who harvests spiders for a shadowy woman of magic... A fearsome town where the children’s nightmares are all real... The pain, price and beauty of blood and first loves...
From the curse of ancient evils to futuristic retirement homes where the dead still rule, haunted graveyards, planets of torture where all are equal, hockey-playing demon hunters, dark sorcerers battling in Algeria, and even voodoo-cursed pirates. Explore the darkest, and most majestic, extremes of us all in sixteen unique tales that will entertain, horrify and keep you thinking long after the last page is turned.Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future and has since written and sold more than sixty short stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Collected here, for the first time, are sixteen of his best, and darkest, tales.
review copy from LibraryThing
This is my first time reading an anthology
This book is a collection of short horror stories , they are all different from each other .I didn't think they were that scary or exciting, but i loved some of them, they had a touch of science fiction and Fantasy and can be seen asYA and Adult stories.
Here are my thoughts on each one:
"Translatio " _ a strange story of black balloon shaped aliens and a man with a gift of seeing future horrors.
"Collecting James "_ a man who collects chips from people's skulls...it was fun to read.
"For restful death i cry _ people are kept alive longer thanks to technology and a man who has to remove them. I found this one confusing yet enjoyable.
"Dark Harvest"_ a monstrous black creature and it's story with the town's people who kept him. Not one of my favorites.
"Not fade away " _ a young girl working at a nursery home and when a misfortune happens, she sticks with them . I liked this one .
"Unto the lord new song _ one of the best , who doesn't like Zombies? Yet it was so much more.
"Release Me "_ a ghost story of a giant woman, this one was my number one in this book ,it's dark and keeps you interested.
"Psychomachia" _ a story about working in coal mines, i didn't quite get it , it's confusing.
"Universal adaptor "_ i don't know for sure , but i didn't enjoy it and had a hard time getting into it.
"Misdirection"_ i absolutely loved it! It's a story of a young Algerian boy and a French wizard , i understood all the references because I'm Algerian , Maybe that's why i loved it!
"What you know "_twisted and fun to read .
"H.E double hockey sticks "_ dark and funny! A story of two demons and a bad hockey team..
"Where the shadow ended"_ it's about a young boy and demons of shadows , overall it's good , not my favorite though.
"Dead in the water" _ Pirates , Zombies and Action.. do i need to say more?
"Crawl "_not my best read , Only if you like spiders?
"First Communions"_ i felt like it was nice way to end this collection .
Those notes at the end were a nice addition.
I really enjoyed reading this book , some stories were fun and wonderful, others , not so much. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy horror and creepy stories.