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Blue Demon – David Bernstein

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The Blue Demon is a cartoon character that Dan used to watch when he was a child. The cartoon only lasted three years, but when he stumbled upon the series many years later, he immediately wanted to share it with his son, Cal. Cal loved it and this became something that father and son could bond over. The Blue Demon exacted revenge on the enemies of those it protected, at least that’s how story goes. The rumor has it that the Blue Demon legend was around long before the cartoon came out. So, when Dan happens to find a limited edition Blue Demon action figure from back in the day, little did he know how true the legend was.

Bernstein’s story reads like an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories from back in the Eighties, except this one has teeth…and claws. He does a nice job keeping the story moving without becoming too hokey. The plight of Cal growing up is one that’ll tug on your heart strings and that breathes life into a story that you can figure out fairly easy what the outcome will be. With Bernstein’s wonderful characterization, you won’t care because the fun was in the journey and not the destination.

4 Amputations out of 5

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A Mixed Bag of Blood – David Bernstein

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A collection of short stories from David Bernstein. Here we go:
The Trojan Plushy –

Another revenge tale that combines the werewolf with witchcraft and the Trojan Horse. Has a Twilight Zone-kind of feel.

4 out of 5 stars

The Booglin –

You’ll think twice the next time you have a booger stuck and it won’t come out. Fun, silly story.

4 out of 5 stars

Eaten Un-Alive –

Life isn’t easy when you’re a vampire in a zombie apocalypse.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars
It’s Nice Not To Have To Share –

Georgia shares everything with her sister Gerri, but some things she wants to keep to herself.

3 out of 5 stars
Invasion –

Aliens plan to overtake earth by imitating a cockroach and using the neighborhood adolescent psycho.

4 out of 5 stars

Samurai Zombie Killer

A zombie contagion in the water supply of the local samurai warrior.

3 out of 5 stars

Small Town, Big Trouble –

The werewolf legend to help explain Sasquatch. I love it.

5 out of 5 stars

Bad Cutlery –

When good knives go bad. A fun possessed object story.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Potty Mouth –

This is one messed up story! I won’t even try to explain it. It’s simply something you’ll have to experience for yourself. Kudos to Bernstein for probably the most far out there original tale I have ever read! You need professional help, sir!

5 out of 5 stars

STD –

If you weren’t convinced to practice safe sex before, you will be by the time you finish this story.

5 out of 5 stars
All in all, a nice collection of macabre tales. There were only a couple that didn’t do it for me. The rest were fun and there were even some that I have to question Bernstein’s sanity or blood alcohol level. Good stuff.

Overall:

4 1/2 Bags of Blood out of 5
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Relic of Death – David Bernstein

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When two mafia hit men have their luxury SUV breakdown in rural upstate NY after disposing of a body, they come upon a house on a dirt lane. They beat on the door to no avail. No one is home. The door is reinforced and won’t budge. They try to shoot their way in. No dice. They end up bludgening the door open with the blunt end of a splitting maul. Once inside, they find a safe that is just begging to be cracked. Inside, they find only a briefcase. However, this briefcase is full of diamonds. What the hit men thought was their lucky day only turns out to be the beginning of death and destruction for all who possess the briefcase.

Bernstein takes us down a rabbit hole where the naughty briefcase goes from person to person in a roller coaster ride of mayhem that will remind you of shades of the Twilight Zone, Tales From the Darkside, and Friday the 13th the Series. Great story and highly recommended.

4 1/2 Temptations out of 5.
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Best New Werewolf Tales, Vol. 1 -Edited by Carolina Smart

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A compilation of short stories all pertaining to…you guessed it. Aahhrrrooooo! There were some absolute gems and a few clunkers. My absolute favorites were Maberry, Meikle, Newman, and Smith. Here’s the breakdown of each story:
Like Part of the Family – Jonathan Maberry

Mr. Hunter is a private detective that moved to Philadelphia. He can be very persuasive to get what he wants. Even if he’s up against something not quite human. Great story.

5 out of 5 stars
Baby – James Roy Daley

It’s good to know who the man really is that you’re marrying, especially if you ever plan to have a family with him.

4 out of 5 stars
Anniversary – John Everson

Every month Margaret prepares for her date with Charles when the moon is full. When the sex is that good, you’ll do anything for your partner no matter how unorthodox their relationship is.

4 out of 5 stars
The Virgin O’ Full Moon Falls – James Newman

Quick little tale of revenge when a pack of rednecks attack the high school virgin queen.

5 out of 5 stars
The Trojan Plushy – David Bernstein

Another revenge tale that combines the werewolf with witchcraft and the Trojan Horse. Has a Twilight Zone-kind of feel.

4 out of 5 stars
Jesus When The Sun Goes Down – Simon McCaffery

The church camp counsellors are hell-bent to save the souls of their campers. But, who is going to save the counsellors?

5 out of 5 stars
Three Dog Night – John F.D. Taff

An animal control officer brings in a strange stray dog.

4 out of 5 stars
Grandma, What Big Teeth You Have – Rob Rosen

Grammy has a secret. Sammy thinks he know what is. He’s right…and he’s wrong.

4 out of 5 stars
Scarred For Life – Michael Laimo

Fairly predictable yarn about the birth of a father’s child.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Hairs and Graces – William Meikle

Set in a fairy tale, magical and medieval Britain which makes for the perfect setting for a werewolf story. A female investigator is hired by a Lord to find the original owner of a belt he recently purchased. Ah, but this is no ordinary belt. Love, love this story. The only downside is that it ended when I wanted it to keep going. But, isn’t that the sign of a good story – you don’t want it to end?

5 out of 5 stars
Out of the Light – Douglas Smith

Jan is a hunter of shape-shifters from the old country. After a tragic mistake takes the life of the girl he loved, Jan moves to Toronto into the big city and away from their habitat. But as time passes, all things evolve. Great story.

5 out of 5 stars
Hungry Like The Moon – Rob E. Boley

A tale about what happens if you’re a werewolf and are caught in the zombie apocalypse. Nice merge of genres.

4.5 out of 5 stars
Unlucky Moon – T.J. May

Be careful when you answer those ads on Craigslist.

3.5 out of 5 stars
A Taste of Blood and Roses – David Niall Wilson

A woman’s disabled veteran husband is a werewolf. While the writing was decent, the story had no substance and went nowhere.

2.5 out of 5 stars
Under A Civil Moon – John Grover

Werewolves Union soldiers racing through the south. This southern belle knows what to do. Not a lot of meat in this story to gnaw on.

2.5 out of 5 stars
Unleashed – Nina Kiriki Hoffman

What to do about childcare when you’re a new mom AND a werewolf. Could’ve been so much more entertaining than this mess.

2 out of 5 stars

Steak – Randall Lahrman

Turning into a werewolf is like discovering the Fountain of Youth. Simple and fun story.

3.5 stars out of 5
Silver Anniversary – Stephen M. Wilson

Wedding gifts can come in handy. Another simple, fun one.

3.5 stars out of 5

Buy A Goat For Christmas – Anna Taborska

A werewolf attacks an African village, but the blacksmith has a secret weapon. Great storytelling with a nicely fleshed out setting

4.5 stars out of 5
Sq389 – David Wesley Hill

A werewolf attack in virtual reality, blah, blah, blah. Don’t even waste your time.

1/2 star out of 5
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