Dark Matter Presents: Human Monsters

Dark Matter Ink. Oct. 2022. 300p. ed. by Sadie Hartmann & Ashley Saywers. ISBN 9781958598009. pap. $19.99. HORROR
Hartmann and Saywers are horror’s top social media influencers and have branched out to become editors, lending their genre expertise to this anthology, a deliciously disturbing volume of 35 brand-new tales, where every monster wears human skin. Authors like Stephen Graham Jones, Josh Malerman, and Caroline Kepnes will bring readers to this book; however, it is with the new voices, which make up the majority of stories, where readers will get trapped and then seduced to stay for just one more unsettling tale. Two standouts here are “Victim 6,” by Belicia Rhea, and “The Bystander,” by L. P. Hernandez. What may be most terrifying about this anthology, though, is how scared it will make readers of their fellow humans.
VERDICT The theme of this anthology, coupled with the inclusion of some of horror’s hottest authors, will cast a wide net of interest. Library workers can also count on the table of contents for dozens of further reading suggestions, but it is the stunning cover that will be the MVP for library displays.
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