Book #56 for 2015
PopSugar Challenge Criterion Met: A book of short stories
This was a really neat anthology concept, basing weird west stories on songs, and most of the story concepts themselves were interesting. Execution of the concepts ranged from above average to pretty damn awesome.
“Death Letter” by Robert Jones. I liked the characters and the subtly post-apocalyptic setting, and the writing style was impressively visceral.
“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Jeff C Carter. The atmosphere work here is brilliant and chilling.
“Nor the Moon by Night” by Vivian Caethe. An interesting attempt to blend Catholic culture with Native American traditions, and the story had some nicely rendered visuals.
“A Link in the Legends” by Curtis James McConnell. I’ve never watched The Lone Ranger, so I didn’t really get this one.
“Don’t Fence Me In” by Curtis C Chen. Great suspense and characters in this story, with some interesting twists.
“Not a Drop to Drink” by David Boop. Good buildup to a seriously creepy finish, and I liked the obscure origins.
“Heart Made of Ground” by Camille Griep. Far and away my favorite of the bunch, this tale was beautiful and gripping.
Several of these stories are ones I think would transfer nicely to the big screen. I would recommend this to anybody with an interest in weird west stories or tales with a Twilight Zone kind of feel to them.