Robin’s Review of Fear Forge Anthology: Winter Quarter 2022
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Fear Forge Anthology: Winter Quarter 2022
Fear Forge Anthology: Winter Quarter 2022 by Horrorsmith Publishing A forged mask that communicates with the dead, a cable repairman called to investigate an empty field...
...or so he thinks, a father-son DIY project not quite working as intended, an excavation going horribly awry, and a blacksmith called to do the bidding of an old god. An unfortunate series of events, indeed... These infernal souls, and many others, are all part of the Fear Forge—the first edition of Horrorsmith Publishing's debut anthology series. It features tales told of cursed smelters, haunted crafted objects, and the degradation of relationships forged within the fires of vengeance. For these authors, fear has forged with the mundane, turning simple rings, rockers, and candles into ravenous blacksmiths of destiny that have doomed us all.
Fear Forge is the first edition of this series, and Horrorsmith Publishing did an amazing job. This book is chock full of great stories. It starts with a lively written foreword from Joe X Young, which sets the tone for the rest of the book. It concludes with a “meet” the author section. I'll touch on a few of the stories, but I just want to say that each story was unique, twisted, and oh-so entertaining. First up is Locke and Key’s Brian and his need for not dreaming. You feel such sympathy for him trying to stay awake, so he doesn’t dream, but then you find out why. The Ozymandias Crucible has the emperor sending for special artist smiths Doigt Smith and Tryn Smiths. They are to make a Devine Creation for the Emperor but at what cost? The Death Whisperer’s Gordon Norman is in a bind, so he hires Steve, a death whisper to help his mother, Gina to move on. But easy said than done. The Trophy has Franklin Jones a raw what’s that saying out of the frying pan into the fire. Forging a Partnership we have Matthew, a serial killer that gets a taste of his own medicine. Of course, he doesn’t like it. The Chosen Sword’s Ronald bought a forge to make a little money with the leftover scraps he has from plumbing, but can it be that easy? And finally, The Art of Fear’s Callie Williams gets a job offer at the perfect time, but is it? This short story anthology is imaginatively written, exciting, and just fun to read. I loved it and can't wait for the next one.
Featured Authors: Alex Reid - "Iron" Alexa K. Moon - "Find a Penny, Pick It Up" Andre H. Harewood - "Life Masks" C. M. Forest - "Born of Death" D. W. Hitz - "The Trophy" D. W. Gillespie - "Mostly Alone" Eddie Generous - "The Chosen Sword" E. L. Giles - "A Eulogy of Love, Blood, and Iron" Edmund Stone - "Emily" Garrett Rowlan - "Death Whisperer" J-F. Dubeau - "The Ozymandias Crucible" Jennifer Claywood - "The Art of Fear" John Kiste - "The Darwell Curse" Justin Boote - "Forging a Partnership" Michael H. Hanson - "The Forge" Nat Whiston - "Lock and Key" R. C. Hausen - "Nowa Kuznia" Simon J. Plant - "Grandy's Rocker" Theresa Jacobs - "The Sculpture" Thomas K. S. Wake - "Vestiges of Humanity" Tim Borella - "Serasthes" George Jacobs - "The Pit of Heaven" #action #adventure #dystopian #postapocalyptic #thriller #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror