Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Dark Moon. Nov. 2021. 452p. ed. by Charlatan Bardot & Eric J. Guignard. ISBN 9781949491487. pap. $19.95. HORROR
Featuring locations—and authors—spanning the globe, this entertaining romp blends eerie and imaginative chills with beautiful artwork and luscious maps that ensure readers will forget these settings are fictional. Whether in a haunted mausoleum in Singapore courtesy of Christina Sng or a Liverpool department store with an increasingly unhinged security guard presented by Ramsey Campbell, this assemblage of short stories (“Feature Entries”) and even shorter stories (“Tiny Tales”) treats horror fans to a worldwide tour of the macabre. Readers will delight in poring over these sites and experiencing the palpable enthusiasm and heart of the featured authors. Though his fictional coeditor’s name graces the title, Guignard deserves all the credit for his exquisite attention to detail in assembling this smorgasbord of horror authors to know.
VERDICT An ambitious and beautifully constructed anthology that fans of the genre won’t want to miss; a necessary addition to any library.
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