** Full disclosure, as an author I have a story that appears in this anthology. As a reader, however, I would be remiss if I didn’t leave at least a short review regarding the quality of work in this collection.
Over the past year I’ve read at least a dozen collections of short stories, some by single authors, others collected anthologies. My favorite, by far, was Wastelands, a collection of post apocalyptic tales, which contained some of the most unique stories I’ve read. Having grown up on the great King I’m a huge fan of short works, and find it takes almost more talent and certainly knowledge of craft to imbue a work of 3 or 5 or 10 thousand words with a satisfying (and surprising) beginning, middle and end. It’s really not as easy as it sounds.
All this to say, Winter Horror Days absolutely blew me away. The quality of the stories, the craftsmanship and ingenuity and pervasive sense of dread that carried throughout the collection. And while Horror is in the title, this is not your average slasher B-movie collection of bloody horror tales. These stories have grit. They have class. And they’ll stick with you long after you turn the page. For an anthology based on Winter Tales, I expected to find a few stories repeating themes or central ideas. Instead, each tale was unique and expertly carried out.
This is truly one of those anthologies that will stand the test of time. Kudos to David Lucarelli and Omnium Gatherum Press for a remarkable publication. The fact that all proceeds of the book go to charity as well proves the caliber of those who have put this together couldn’t be any higher. I couldn’t be more humbled to be a part of it.