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Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2
Edited by William K. Schafer
Cover Artist: David McKean
Review by Mario Guslandi
Subterranean Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596063686
Date: 30 April 2011 List Price $40.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Dark fiction anthologies constitute a genre of books still fairly popular for short story lovers who like to sample different tastes, discover new authors, and enjoy different writing styles. Regardless of the editor's ability in selecting good material, the fate of almost any anthology is to offer to the readers some stories of their liking and other pieces bound to leave them either unimpressed or positively dissatisfied. The present, new anthology from Subterranean Press, assembling eleven original tales, is no exception.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy, published in 2008 to widespread critical and popular acclaim, provided a unique showcase for some of our finest practitioners of dark, disturbing fiction. This much anticipated second volume more than meets the standards set by its predecessor, offering a diverse assortment of stories guaranteed to delight, unsettle, and enthrall. Volume two proper is a full 20,000 words longer than the first installment in the series.

This stellar collection leads off with Joe Hill s dazzling Wolverton Station, in which a predatory businessman travels to England, and to a primal confrontation he could never have imagined. Elsewhere, a number of contributors revisit familiar, well-established themes and settings. Glen Cook s Smelling Danger gives us a brand new chapter in the long-running annals of The Black Company. The Passion of Mother Vajpai is a story of exotic and erotic initiation set against the backdrop of Jay Lake s novel, Green. Kelley Armstrong reenters the Otherworld with Chivalrous, the account of a devious and long-delayed act of revenge.

And there s more, much more, including a hallucinatory portrait of guilt, angst, and drug-fueled violence by Caitlin R. Kiernan, and an affecting reflection on love, death, and acceptance by Steven R. Boyett. These stories, together with first-rate work by the likes of K. J. Parker and Norman Partridge, offer provocative, sometimes visceral entertainment. As this rich, rewarding volume amply demonstrates, the tale of dark fantasy is alive and thriving, and continues to develop in new and unexpected ways.

(Source: Subterranean)

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