I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
This volume was a bit better than volume three for me. I am enjoying how I am reading new short stories by new authors out of this volume I only know of one author and that is Clive Barker. Now this review will be on all of the short stories so the rating that I give will be all of them combined together. Though I am torn on if I give this a three or a four we shall see as the words come through my fingers. :)
The Departed by Clive Barker: This is story about a mother who seems to have failed at everything in her life and wasn't so unhappy to be dead (that last part comes from the book) it is kind of sad nothing too bad easy flow on reading I would say 3 rating.
The New War by Lisa Morton: Now this one I enjoyed a whole lot this is about a War Veteran who is in a nursing home and pretty much sees death but he doesn't quite realize it is death. I have to give this one a solid 5 rating.
Sammy Comes Home by Ray Garton: This one was kind of freaky animals around the neighbor are disappearing but when they come back they bring something with them. It is kind of like an alien type story being told for being a short story a lot of work was put into it. The only thing I was hoping for was more description of the aliens I couldn't really picture what they looked like in my head. Other than that I give this one a 4 rating.
The Brasher Girl by Ed Gorman: Now this was a good story. Hearing a voice from the well telling you what to do and it isn't good things. That just sounds creepy. A young man falls for a female but there seems to be a friend that she has. When she tells Spence about it at first he doesn't believe it, that is until he starts hearing the voice and it becomes his friend. The way it was told it reminded me of a good ol' R.L. Stine story. Another solid 5 rating.
Creature Feature by Heather Graham: Now this was totally freaky and I have to give a solid 4 rating as I was just thinking in my head this could almost be a movie. Young woman in a building with monsters that are going to be used in different things one of them comes to life and starts looking for its next victim. Yep sounds a like a good ol horror story/horror movie. I liked the idea of the so called monster coming to life but what I didn't get was the fact that people could see ghost or that they worked for a special unit called the Krewe of Hunters. What exactly is that and what is the point of it being in the story?
Overall I am going to give this book a solid 4 a high solid 4. I can not wait to see what volume five brings out and what the authors of that volume come up with.