Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales anthology

Joan Aiken, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire Garth Nix, Celia Rees, Janni Lee Simner,Vivian Vande Velde, and Barry Yourgrau

Edited by Deborah Noyes

Short stories review:

Lungewater by Joan Aiken 

Score: 4/5 

Relies on a sad tone then being scary otherwise a good start to the anthology. 

Mogen's boy by Vivian Vande Velde 

Score: 2/5

 I like the idea of using a haunted hayride attrition for a creep setting. However, the last part should be cut out. It just completely changes the tone.

Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman 

Score: 1/5 

For me short stories by Neil Gaiman are a hit or miss. First of all, the title is a mouthful and second the attempt at switching POV was a fail. I know it take some skill to switch POVs in a short story. I try it once and it didn't turn out as good. 

Stone Tower by Janni Lee Simner

Score: 2/5

The story is much too short to build up a good mystery. There is hints of the main character being abuse. 

Watch and Wake by M.T. Anderson

Score: 5/5 

Finally, someone understands the format of a short story. It didn't change tone or dump a bunch of information at the end.  

The Endling by Garth Nix

Score: 4/5

Straight and to the point unlike some other stories in this collection. 

The book as a whole: 

Now this turn out to be a mix. The two author that I'm familiar with turn out to be disappointment. Vivian V. Velde was good up until the end and I don't know what Neil Gaiman was trying to do. 

I read six out of the ten. Five points each with a total of 30 points. 

Total: 16/30 

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