I’m giving this three stars because overall, the stories are okay and several are completely forgettable. But I also encourage you to pick up this anthology because a few are outstanding and it would be a crying shame if you missed them.
Making it to Outstanding:
“What Maisie Knew“ by David Liss:
At turns creepy, sick and disturbing; absolute compelling reading. If this premise has come up before, it was new to me and I loved it. The zombies are not the monsters of this story. The squick factor is off the charts.
“Kids and Their Toys“ by James A. Moore:
“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead“ by Joe Hill:
Mr. Hill hasn’t totally blown me away with his novels, but his short stories are EPIC and this one is no exception. If only all Twitter feeds were this engrossing and suspenseful! What starts out as a young girl’s whiny bitch-fest in installments of 140 characters or less, morphs into heart-stopping terror.
“Family Business“ by Jonathan Maberry
Easily my favorite of the bunch just because Maberry took what were the ingredients of a major story and turned it into a kick-ass novel called Rot & Ruin. Read the novel first though because the short story contains major spoilers.