Capsule Review of State of Horror: New Jersey

26 Jan

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The State of Horror series of Charon Coin Press seeks to provide an anthology of horror stories for every state in the USA and has set itself a high bar with the standard of the early instalments. As a contributor to the Illinois and forthcoming Tennessee volumes, I must declare an interest in the series, but not having a piece in this collection, I think I can be objective about New Jersey.

The production quality of State of Horror: New Jersey is good and the contents match that.

The Jersey Devil is, as one might expect, a common theme in the anthology, but the stories in this anthology also include cannibal killers, a natural disaster with a twist, a ghost, bigfoot, a strange fog and horror at the zoo. The stories range from the great punning finale of Pork Roll, Egg and Sleaze, through frighteners to the poignancy of Memories of Her are Dead.

There was only one story that I didn’t really get into and the remainder were all enjoyable at worst, with some really good examples in here. My favourite was Evacuation by CI Kemp, which had me guessing to the end as to just what was happening to the evacuees. The ending wasn’t what I would have expected from the anthology, but that isn’t a criticism!

All in all, a fun collection of stories, wherever you are in the world, and an excellent advert for the series. Highly recommended.

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One Response to “Capsule Review of State of Horror: New Jersey”

  1. Tim Baker January 26, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
    Blog review – State of Horror:New Jersey – One of the stories in this book is mine…but this blooger enjoyed the entire book.

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