While the bright light of day banishes lesser horrors, it only makes love gone wrong stand out all the more. When that love is driven by the demented, the unnatural and the straight-out evil, the bright light of day might be the last thing you need. Or see. In Once Bitten, 15 authors show us that the sweetest of emotions, mixed with a touch of darkness and more than a hintWhile the bright light of day banishes lesser horrors, it only makes love gone wrong stand out all the more. When that love is driven by the demented, the unnatural and the straight-out evil, the bright light of day might be the last thing you need. Or see. In Once Bitten, 15 authors show us that the sweetest of emotions, mixed with a touch of darkness and more than a hint of the supernatural, can be a bitter, bitter cup from which to drink....
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Once Bitten Reviews
(Full disclosure and transparency up front; I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review)I’m a sucker for a good anthology, but the biggest problem with a large number of them is simply down to quality control. A bad story or two can leave a sour taste in the mouth and ends up dragging down the excellent ones. Occasionally and wonderfully - thanks to a great editor - the book just gets it spot on (Thomas F. Monteleone’s work on the excellent Borderlands series, for example). I was looking forward to Once Bitten as I recognised the names of a few of the authors involved (T. Fox Dunham and Tim Jeffreys, to be precise), and I wasn’t disappointed. None of the tales contained in “Once Bitten” are anything less than very good, so kudos to both the writers and to the editor Steve Lewis.“Once Bitten” is a collection of horror stories all based around the theme of love – a ripe subject that’s touched upon across an eclectic variety of stories and styles, ranging from dark, macabre and comedic to out-and-out disturbing.If I were to rate the stories individually, there’d be a fair old mix of four and five stars for each. The sign of a good horror anthology is in when you find stories that linger at the back of your subconscious for longer than you’re comfortable with, and there a fair few of these contained within. The standout stories in this anthology that did exactly that were “Housebound” (a weird tale of an.. shall we say, “unusual” romance), “Bernice” (a brilliantly atmospheric tale of loss) and “The Shape of the Heart” (which initially feels like a glorious traditional old fashioned ghost story and then take a far more sinister turn) – all of which have stuck with me long after the book was closed.Overall, an excellent collection of authors at the very top of their game.