The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors

Bad Hand. Jun. 2022. 275p. ed. by Doug Murano. ISBN 9780578287553. pap. $16.95. HORROR
A themed anthology only works if the authors take their prompt seriously. Here readers are treated to 16 original, unsettling stories whose authors not only embrace the idea of “hiding” something awful in their tales, but they have made the hunt to uncover every layer of discomfort and darkness fun as well. Featuring a wide range of scares and well-known authors such as Malerman, Stage, and Iglesias, readers will get sucked in quickly. However, the very best stories in this stellar anthology are from writers whom patrons may be less familiar with, such as Lee Murry’s tale of a young woman faced with the mess left behind by her hoarding grandmother, as she uncovers an awful truth about her family and herself. Todd Keisling will keep readers up at night, worried about every unkind thing they did in high school, but it is Sarah Read’s story that will smack readers in the face and make them realize this is an anthology worth their undivided attention.
VERDICT This first book from award-winning horror editor Murano’s new independent imprint will leave satisfied readers seeking out more from these authors.
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