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Fungoid – William Meikle

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There’s a fungus among us. When the oily rain starts pouring down, what follow brings mankind to it’s knees. A fast growing fungus starts spreading and wiping out the vast majority of the population. Is it from outer space? Was it an experiment gone wrong? Does it really matter? The speed at which these deadly spores wreak havoc on the world is astonishing and it’s decimating everything in it’s path. We’re left with only a few characters that have hung onto life by the skin of their teeth. One is a scientist that specializes in fungus and stumbles onto a possible solution. Will it work and, if it does, will it work in time or is this Mother Nature’s answer to it’s human problem?

Meikle’s Fungoid is a fast-paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what will happen next and how will our heroes get out of this predicament. The characters are realistic. The situation is plausible. The suspense can be cut with a knife. I really don’t have much for criticism for this one. Meikle was a scientist in a previous life and you can tell he knows his way around the fungus. What’s amazing to me is that he makes it interesting. Funguses aren’t that exciting to the vast majority of the population and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t make me eat my words. Good show, Willie!

 

4 1/2 Blue Hills out of 5

 

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Tormentor – William Meikle

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Jim Greenwood’s life is devastated with the death of his wife from cancer. He attempts to start over by getting away from all of the pain that surrounds him in London by moving to a remote home on the NE coast of Scotland near Dunvegan. The home is the oldest in the area and the locals seem to be frightened by it. Soon Jim finds out why. Mysterious sooty smudges appear while he sleeps that seem to be forming some sort of code. In an attempt to avoid the madness of it all, Jim resorts to drinking heavily. Is something from beyond trying to communicate with him or is Jim slowly going insane?

Meikle is a master at telling tales and Tormentor is no exception. He crafts a tight storyline with realistic characters that you quickly identify with. Tormentor is a fun romp of a haunted house story that you’ll savor through every page.

5 stick figures out of 5
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Bunny Sneaks – William Meikle

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Do you ever wonder what the hell you had just read? I’m shaking my head wondering the same thing at this very moment. Bunny Sneaks is an odd short story. It’s not scary. It isn’t realistic. It doesn’t even feel like satire. It feels like a watered-down scene from Child’s Play and instead of Chucky being the villain, someone decided to make the toy be a stuffed rabbit, as a joke, instead. I love Meikle, but I have to wonder if he was drunk off his ass when he wrote this.

2 bloody Easter eggs out of 5
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Broken Sigil – William Meikle

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Internal Affairs officer, Joe Connors is responding to a police officer shooting his partner when he came out of a house waving his gun at the officer and raving like a madman. The officer that was killed also happened to be his ex-best friend. The reason for being an ex-friend is because he ran off with Joe’s wife years ago before she died. As Joe investigates the inhabitants of the apartment house, he discovers that this house is very unique, very few are like it. In fact, very few in the world exist. But this New York brownstone does.

Meikle does it again with Broken Sigil. In only 50 some short pages, Meikle is able to weave a multi-layered tale that mixes the Twilight Zone with 1940s noir films and the marriage is absolutely beautiful. Joe has hints of Bogie without being a carbon copy cartoon and it works nicely. You can feel the desparation in the characters as they cling to lost loves.

5 bloody Maltese Falcans 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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The Persistence Of Memory – William Meikle

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Another enjoyable short story from William Meikle. He’s yet to fail me on any of his offerings and has quickly become one of my favorite authors. In The Persistence Of Memory, Betty misses her dear late husband George. Her fondest memories are his piano playing and singing old songs together. When the piano begins to strike notes on its own, Betty feels that George is trying to contact her from beyond the grave. In a desperate attempt to bring George back from the dead…well you’ll have to see for yourself.
4 spooky songs out of 5
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