The Devil’s Coattails – More Dispatches from the Dark Frontier – Edited by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan
TRADE HARDCOVER EDITION, signed by both editors! Trade Hardcover with dust jacket; cover art by Vincent Chong. Foreword by S. T. Joshi.
A unique anthology: contains original, never before published works by Ramsey Campbell, John Shirley, Jason V Brock, Marc Scott Zicree, Norman Corwin, Gary Braunbeck, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, Earl Hamner, Jenny Brundage, Nancy Kilpatrick, Jerry E. Airth, Sunni K Brock, Richard Christian Matheson, Paul J. Salamoff, Paul G. Bens, Jr., William F. Nolan, Dan O’Bannon, Richard Selzer, James Robert Smith, and Wilum Pugmire/Maryanne K. Snyder. Opaque vellum pages, printed with 100% vegetable inks using windpower; printed and bound in the USA. Trade has a nice hardcover binding in cloth boards.
Foreword by S.T. Joshi
Introduction by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan
The Moons by Ramsey Campbell
Object Lesson by Jason V Brock
Invocation by Dan O’Bannon
Gunboat Whores by John Shirley
Dread Voyage (Poem) by William F. Nolan
Best Friends by Melanie Tem
Night Food by Jerry E. Airth
Too Good To Be Human by J. Brundage
On The First Day by James Robert Smith
Barrels Ready? (Memoir) by Norman Corwin
Cattiwumpus by Steve Resnic Tem
Interrogation by Richard Christian Matheson
The Woods Colt by Earl Hammer Jr.
Dying to Forget by Sunni K. Brock
Invisible by Nancy Kilpatrick
Can You Imagine (Illustrated Children’s Tale) by Paul J. Salamoff; Illustrated by Antoine Perkins
Knife Through The Veil (Teleplay) by Mark Scott Zicree
The Hidden Realm by W.H. Pugmire and Maryanne K. Snyder
Crimean Vespers by Richard Selzer
“…And Dreams Of Phaedian Fancies…” by Gary A. Braunbeck
If You Love Me by Paul G. Bens Jr.
First off let me state that this is an absolutely beautiful book. I received this in the mail from Jason V Brock and when I opened it I was stunned to say the least. I can tell that a lot of love and effort went into “The Devil’s Coattails” and it would make a wonderful addition to any book collectors collection.
No matter how good a book looks on the outside, it is what is on the inside that counts.
No worries here, as this is an outstanding collection from some of the preeminent authors working today. There is something for everyone here and the best part for me is that there are not only stories. I liked how the editors also included a poem and a teleplay. It is always nice to read something a little different.
I thought the entire book was outstanding and didn’t feel there was a weak story in the collection, but as in any collection of stories I did have my favorites, not to take away from any of the other author’s work, these just connected with me.
The Moons by Ramsey Campbell – Another brilliant story by Mr. Campbell. I enjoy everything he writes. In this tale, he puts his own haunting twist on a group of people lost in a nature preserve.
Night Food by Jerry E. Airth – Anyone who has been bitten by a mosquito…and who hasn’t can relate to this tale. I will have to buy a lot more bug spray this spring after reading this tale by Mr. Airth.
On The First Day by James Robert Smith – Personally I like spiders, they don’t creep me out like some people but this tale by Mr. Smith did. If you have a fear of spiders my advice would be not to read this story.
Invisible by Nancy Kilpatrick – A very haunting and sad tale by Ms. Kilpatrick that will chill you to the bone.
What I really liked about this book is that after each story there was a short bio on the author and the author’s take on their story; how they got the idea, what inspired them etc. Really nice touch.
If you are looking to add a book to your collection that is absolutely beautiful on the outside and just as fantastic on the inside, look no further than “The Devil’s Coattails, I highly recommend it.