Published by Simon & Schuster on July 24, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Received as a gift
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.
The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?
And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed,Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
I am sure it is a little weird to break down reviews like this, but Carniepunk has 14 stories total. Typically I do anthologies with a break down of each story, but lets face it. If I do 14 reviews in one post it is going to look insane and I might be insane by the time I am done!! =) This Urban Fantasy anthology has an epic list of authors and I can promise that every story will get it’s own review!
So enjoy the first two reviews from Carniepunk!
~Review – The Werewife by Jaye Wells~
I talk sometimes about how everything changes who we are. It can be anything from a random meeting in a grocery store to a true tragedy. I thought the Werewife touched on this on some level. What would happen if someone evil could see inside your darkest wishes and make them come true? The Werewife is a brilliant short story with a surprising amount of depth. The main characters were normal everyday people before something effects their life in a tremendous way. This is a completely original story and did not contain characters from any of her current titles. (that I am aware of) Loved it!
I rate The Werewife – 4.5 out of 5 Bullets
~Review ~ The Inside Man by Nicole Peeler~
The Inside Man takes you on a little trip with Moo, Shar, and Capitola – all characters from the Jane True series. This trio follows a lead about the countryside’s residence turning “dull”. They find themselves in one hell of a nightmare…or maybe it just feels that way to me because like Capitola – I also think those damn clowns are scary as shit! The Inside Man was beautifully creepy. The aspect of a “soul catcher” in clowns clothing is going to bring an entire new level of creepy to clowns. I might have to bill the author for added therapy sessions! The glimpses into these characters history added insight we did not have before. This aspect really added to the story overall.
I rate The Inside Man – 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!
I received Carnipunk as a gift. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any payment or compensation for this review.