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CREATURE FEATURE REVIEW

Posted in News on August 19, 2009 by stuartneild
Opening with OPENING NIGHT, by Barry J. House the book kicks off with a story that’s sure to thrill fans of the 1950’s sci fi classic tarantula as well as horrify all those with a phobia of spiders.

Next up it’s the turn of a giant killer eel to take centre stage with OLD SLIPPERY by yours truly, followed by the first Guy N Smith story in the volume, THE FISH THING. Trust me, you will never look at a goldfish or a pike in the same way after reading this. Ian Faulkner’s story SUN is the next up to bat, complete with a battleaxe of a wife who gets more than she bargained for. I could really imagine this story being filmed in the style of one of those old Amicus horror shorts.

BELVEDERE by Daniel I. Russell features normal creatures tampered in such a way you wouldn’t want to meet them in the spooky old mansion in this story, and after reading WOOKEY HOLE by Peter Mark-May you could be put you off visiting this English attraction for life.

DAY TEN is the first of the trilogy of Simon Kurt Unsworth stories in the volume. Here a team are plotting to capture an unknown beast that is about to make itself very known.

LATE SHIFT by Maxwell Dowie gives a stern warning about working in supermarkets after closing and who or what you’re working with. This one has got a nice critters feel about it, real nasty.

IT LIVES IN DARK PLACE by the always on form David Jeffery takes us on the run from the police and into the arms or teeth and claws of something worse.

RICKMAN’S PLASMA by William Meikle is a cracking concept and story which I’m not going to spoil here, trust me, you’ve just got to read it, as you should THE MOTHS THAT ATE NEW JERSEY, by Rakie Keig. I’m guessing this is an introduction to Rakie’s upcoming novel THE MOTHS, and a fine introduction it is to. Speaking of introductions, introduce yourself to one Steve Jenson and his DEVIL OF MONS. This one about a hell hound in the trenches of world war one has got atmosphere by the bucket load.

LAST OPTION is the second of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s appearances and has the motto if a beast is captured; he may not captured for long and on your head be it. THE FLIES by Steven Lockley and LE CARCAJOU by Kevin Lumley have the feel of the old Pan horror stories so many horror fans used to love.

THE LAKE by David McAfee has the atmosphere and setting a Stephen King short story would feel at home in, just watch out for the green stuff. And we’re still looking out for the green stuff in Brooke Vaughn’s CREEPER.

EACH STEP I TAKE IS IN DARKNESS by Robert Morrish, what a title and what a story. PEEK-A-BOO is Simon Kurt Unsworth final story, the creature, whatever it is, is among us. STINGERS by WILLIAM MEIKLE , need I say this one has a sting in its tail, and THE BEAST IN THE MIST by my favourite author Guy N Smith wrap up the volume in style.

All in all Creature Feature is an excellent volume. Of course everyone will have their favourites amongst these stories, but there’s no fillers here. I’m aware there’s a second printing of the book soon minus Simon’s stories which is a shame, but another big hitter has been lined up to replace him. What with an audio version available soon of some of the stories and no doubt Creature Feature 2 in the works for next year, the future of creatures running amok anthology looks to be in good hands.

Fingers crossed I make it into Creature Feature 2 in 2010.

 

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CREATURE FEATURE OUT NOW

Posted in News on August 17, 2009 by stuartneild

Creature-Feature---Concept-And it’s been worth the wait. As I sit here with my copy of the first edition of Creature Feature in my hands, I can honestly say this collection has it all and with quality. You want killer giant eels (courtesy of yours truly), moths on the rampage, beasts in the mist, devils of mons, creeping vines, evil plasma monsters and other things that live in dark places which human eyes should not set sight on, then this is the one stop book for you.

I have to say it’s been a real honour to have one of my stories feature in this collection which houses a bestselling, personal horror hero of mine, Guy N Smith, as well as William Meikle, David Jeffery, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Ian Faulkner, Peter Mark May, Barry J. House, Daniel I. Russell,Maxwell Dowie, Rakie Keig, Steve Jensen, Steve Lockley, Kevin Lumley, Brooke Vaughn, Robert Morrish, David Mcafee and edited by Neil Jackson.

Full review coming shortly, but trust me, get this ordered pronto from either amazon.co.uk or from Ghostwriter Publications themselves.