Arcane Sampler

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Twelve stories of weird chills by Justin Pollock, Jeff Crook, Jason V. Shayer, S.M. Williams, Jaelithe Ingold, Tom Wortman, Michael Lutz, Stephen Hill, Donny Waagen,Amanda C. Davis, William Knight, and Rob Errera. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 45,570
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781466057487

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Reviews of Arcane Sampler by Nathan Shumate

KennyN reviewed on Sep. 10, 2011

Within this magazine are a number of short stories, a few remind me strongly of Lovecraft, a few are great in their own way, a few passable, only one that I really disliked.

In general I really enjoyed this magazine and am waiting for the next one to come to see if they can keep up the same quality of stories.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Mike Dominic reviewed on June 23, 2011

This book does well to bill itself as "Penny Dreadfuls". The original penny dreadfuls, like the pulps, were meant to be disposable entertainment. The stories in this collection fit that bill well. They are disposable, in the sense that they are ephemeral and unpretentious, and they are definitely entertaining.
Calling them disposable is not a criticism in this case; it's a feature. These stories will not linger with you, but they will thrill you while you're reading them. You're not going to have to work too hard to understand any of them, but they're all well done, and there's clearly some talent on display here.
All in all, the items in this collection are not too long, and not too deep, making this the perfect read for an idle couple of hours. As entertainment, it's highly recommended, and I'll be looking forward to future offerings in the series.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Caitlin Blanchard reviewed on June 10, 2011

An absolutely excellent magazine: Well worth the price.

I picked it up pretty much on a whim, because I'm always interested in new horror titles and this seemed interesting. I was right. The quality of the stories included is superb, each one of them frightened or thrilled me in some way.

Well wort picking up for horror fans.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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