This is an anthology of game-based tales with a supernatural twist. The authors featured in this book are Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Adam-Troy Castro, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, Caitlin Kitteredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson, and Scott Sigler
I’m a fan of Charlaine Harris and that’s why I got this anthology. Most of the stories were pretty good, but my biggest issue was that most of these stories were about ghosts and hauntings. When I hear creature I think big foot, mermaids, Nessie. Not so much of ghosts.
But the stories for the most part were interesting reads. I have read other anthologies, and this is an above average one. Here’s a summary of each tale.
In the Blue Hereafter: Manfred can’t escape his Grandmother’s game.
Hide and Seek: A child’s game becomes much sinister, and with high stakes.
Stepping into the Dead Zone: The new kid in class is more than he seems.
Dead on the Bones: Revenge is a dish best served after death.
The Devil Went Down to Boston: How far could one go to protect family?
On the Playing Fields of Blood: A game that has a deadly purpose.
The God’s Games: A lycanthrope is sent to the Olympics on a mission by the Gods.
The Case of the Haunted Safeway: Sometimes a haunting isn’t so black and white.
Pris de Fer: Too much pride can be deadly.
Dreamer: An afterlife game
False Knight on the Road: Sometimes a bargain with the devil can be something else than a soul
Jammed: Roller derby and a derby girl death by non- human “hands”
Hide and Shriek: Immortals get bored
Ice: There’s something under the pond
Bell, Book, and Candlepin: A curse wreaks it havoc on unsuspecting people
This anthology isn’t a bad read if you like supernatural tales. Not a waste of time to read either.