Limbus, Inc.

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Are you laid off, downsized, undersized?
Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606
How lucky do you feel?

So reads the business card from LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency that operates at the edge of the normal world. LIMBUS's employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company, if indeed it could be called a company in the ordinary sense of the ...

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Overview

Are you laid off, downsized, undersized?
Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606
How lucky do you feel?

So reads the business card from LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency that operates at the edge of the normal world. LIMBUS's employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company, if indeed it could be called a company in the ordinary sense of the word.

In this shared-world anthology, five heavy hitters from the dark worlds of horror, fantasy, and scifi pool their warped takes on the shadow organization that offers employment of the most unusual kind to those on the fringes of society.

One thing's for sure - you'll never think the same way again about the fine print on your next employment application!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This shared-world anthology about a mysterious metaphysical employment agency is uneven in execution but pleasingly consistent in tone. Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s “The Slaughter Man” is an old-school science fiction power fantasy about a slaughterhouse worker. In Brett J. Talley’s “The Sacrifice,” an ex-soldier sees a Lovecraftian horror. Joseph Nassise’s “One Job Too Many” is a competent time travel adventure about another ex-soldier. Anne C. Petty’s “We Employ” is a story of aliens and shades of moral truths. Jonathan Maberry’s “Strip Search,” easily the best of the five though the least connected to Limbus, is an engaging paranormal noir that’s funny and horrific in equal measure. Though missteps keep the anthology from being truly top-notch, the execution and intriguing theme leave the reader wanting more. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly
"This shared-world anthology about a mysterious metaphysical employment agency is pleasingly consistent in tone. The execution and intriguing theme leave the reader wanting more."
Library Journal
"In this initial volume of a shared-world anthology, five authors provide their takes on one-of-a kind jobs that are not always survivable. VERDICT: Though the employment agency frame might not seem compelling, the stories cut to the heart of sf, fantasy, and horror."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936564521
  • Publisher: JournalStone
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 632,290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Maberry
Anne C. Petty is the author of three horror/dark-fantasy novels, a Florida Gothic suspense series co-written with P.V. LeForge, three books of literary criticism, and many essays on writing, mythology, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Recent short fiction includes her award-winning story “Blade,” and the novella “The Veritas Experience,” published in The Best Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2009. Anne is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and freelancer for Marvel Comics. His novels include Assassin’s Code, Flesh & Bone, Ghost Road Blues, Dust & Decay, Patient Zero, The Wolfman, and many others. Nonfiction books include Ultimate Jujutsu, The Cryptopedia, Zombie CSU, Wanted Undead or Alive, and others. Jonathan’s award-winning teen novel, Rot & Ruin, is now in development for film. He’s the editor/co-author of V-Wars, a vampire-themed anthology; and was a featured expert on The History Channel special ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY. Since 1978 he’s sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, two plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, and poetry.

Benjamin Kane Ethridge is a Bram Stoker Award winner, author of the novel Black & Orange, Bottled Abyss, and Dungeon Brain.

JOSEPH NASSISE is the author of more than twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the popular Rogue Angel action-adventure series. His work has been nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award and has been translated into half a dozen languages to date. He has written for both the comic and role-playing game industries and also served two terms as president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror and dark fantasy writers.

Brett J. Talley is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of That Which Should Not Be and The Void, as well as numerous short stories and a haunted history of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A native of the South, Brett received a philosophy and history degree from the University of Alabama before moving to witch-haunted Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School. He seeks ou
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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Limbus, Inc is an employment agency but it is not one of those t

    Limbus, Inc is an employment agency but it is not one of those that you would find on TV or magazines or places like that but hanging on telephone poles, bus shelters, Laundromats, given by a friend, found on your desk or the bottom of your shoe. They promise that they will found a person a job geared to their abilities. This is true but the person had better read the fine print on the contact to be sure that they want to take the job because what Limbus, Inc thinks is best may not really be that.
    In this book five different authors write about Limbus, Inc. Each story is different with Limbus the common link. The stories range from above average to very good and each reader will more than likely have a different order of which is which. Is this a book that you pick up and don't want to put down till finished? In my opinion, no but it is a book that when you have spare time and want to escape you will pick up to see what happens next to whoever signed up with Limbus, Inc.

    NOTE: I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

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    I was granted a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an hone

    I was granted a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free has no bearing on my review.

    Are you laid off, downsized, undersized? Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606 How lucky do you feel? So reads the business card from LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency that operates at the edge of the normal world. LIMBUS's employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company, if indeed it could be called a company in the ordinary sense of the word. In this shared-world anthology, five heavy hitters from the dark worlds of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi pool their warped takes on the shadow organization that offers employment of the most unusual kind to those on the fringes of society. One thing's for sure - you'll never think the same way again about the fine print on your next employment application!



    This extremely creative book is based upon a unique premise linking each of the stories together, a singularly mysterious and seemingly nefarious company interwoven into the very fabric of each individual story. The company is powerful, so much so that it seems to predict the future, accurately every time. At the same time it is twisted in ways that are nearly impossible to describe. Yet each author manages to do just that. At the same time they all capture the essence of the theme winding through the entire book but leaving their stories to stand alone within that whole, a real challenge for a single author, let alone five.

    Each story carries a common thread with the others, and yet they remain remarkably unique and fiercely independent. In each story a sense of futility is woven through, binding them together while at the same time granting plenty of space to deviate from the others, and preventing any sense of formulaic writing.

    Even when a story is set in the future it somehow captures the mysterious attitude found in the dark noir genre without making a caricature of itself. Easily one of the best series of short stories I've read in recent years - engaging, entertaining, and exciting! Without a doubt the second collection of Limbus, Inc. related stories is on my to be read list, steadily climbing closer to the top of that list the more I think about this first group of stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    Absolutely riveting. Limbus, Inc pulled me in from the beginning

    Absolutely riveting. Limbus, Inc pulled me in from the beginning, and though I've completed the novel, it has yet to let me go. Each story has a different voice depending on the author, and each story has something unique to offer, but as a whole, the book is consistent in tone. Main characters are strong, stories are vivid, and each plot unfolds at just the right pace. A must read for anyone who enjoys dark fiction with a lot of subtance. I would only leave a warning to the faint of heart, just in case. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    This is collection of stories that center around The Limbus Inc.

    This is collection of stories that center around The Limbus Inc. Cover provides a creepy aspect which is carried through out whole book. Every horror/mystery always creeps me out in some way. There just isn't a rational explanation for it either. That's for scientist to debate amongst themselves.

    I thought the book was well written with alot of hidden elements that tied all of the stories together. This book is also a page turner because you have to know what happens next. I was clearly arguing with myself quite frequently and shaking my head too. I recommend this book for any fan of horror/mystery to check this book out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    This is a series of interconnected stories by various authors co

    This is a series of interconnected stories by various authors concerning Limbus Inc employment agency. The underlying story is of Matthew Sellers used book curator and publisher who comes across a manuscript in an unusual fashion. We read these stories as he does.

    Aside from a couple stories having spacing and typo issues, all of the tales flow extremely well into each other.

    All of the narratives are vivid, lush, imaginatively descriptive and hope filled.

    Often compelling and unusual characters fill the pages and bring life to the stories.

    Overall, an exciting read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Have you been laid off, downsized, or undersized? If you have, y

    Have you been laid off, downsized, or undersized? If you have, you might want to think twice, and then again, before accepting a job offer from Limbus, Inc.  If, on the other hand, you’re into reading shared-world stories with a dark twist, you need to run, that’s right, run to the nearest computer and order a copy of Limbus, Inc.: Book 1, an anthology edited by Anne C. Petty of JournalStone, and containing cutting-edge tales by four award-winning authors.
    Limbus, Inc. is a mysterious employment agency that offers specific jobs to specific people, but there is often a deadly catch in the fine print. The book opens with an prologue written by Brett J. Talley, with passages inserted throughout, and then ends with Talley’s epilogue. In between these two macabre bookend offerings is a series of tales, though written by different authors, including editor Petty, come across as if they’d been either written by the same person, or a team working in close collaboration.
    Each story, though, is self-contained, and masterfully done; from the prologue, when Matthew Sellers, a bookstore owner down on his luck, is given a strange and tattered manuscript by an unkempt stranger, to Benjamin Kane’s ‘Slaughter Man,’ Dean Fulsome, or the PI in Jonathan Maberry’s ‘Strip Search.’
    Limbus, Inc. has something for just about every flavor of reader. Time travel and a space ship inhabited by a voracious, flesh-eating alien princess, arcane sacrificial cults, and ageless gamins who work as company recruiters. Every candidate for employment by Limbus is a loser, but every story is a winner. Tight dialogue, fully-formed characters, and settings described in a way that makes it easy to suspend disbelief.
    Brew a pot of coffee, or mix your favorite brew; slip your feet into your most comfortable slippers; sit back and prepare to be transported to a realm where reality has taken an extended  holiday. But, before you start reading, you might want to check the locks on all the doors and windows, and turn on a few extra lights.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The motto is ¿We emp

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

    The motto is “We employ.” Whether you’re laid off or hate your existing job, Limbus agency seems to have the right solution for every person. Limbus, Inc. is a shared-world anthology with five excellent stories from five authors: Jonathan Maberry, Joseph Nassise, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Anne C. Petty and Brett J. Talley. 

    All are excellent novellas, but I do have my favorites. First and foremost, the noiresque Strip Search by Jonathan Maberry, which I delightfully imagined in a black and white film. Hunter is an out of work detective, a jaded character that we love in any classic detective story. Then a dame, who happens to be a Limbus recruiter, hires him to investigate a series of murders of young women. Maberry takes you in with his sharp writing and philosophical dialogue of his protagonist. The plot is amazing and unpredictable. This story makes me want to watch Bogart and Astor in The Maltese Falcon again.

    My second favorite is The Sacrifice by Brett J. Talley. Ryan Dixson is a war veteran who is attending a support group for his post traumatic stress disorder. His dream to rejoin the Marines is destroyed when he is violently attacked one night. This is where Limbus comes in, offering the right job for him – rescue a kidnapped girl. Yet there is a catch, a creepy one, as it always is with Limbus. The supernatural element in this story seals the deal for me, other than Talley’s weird and ghostly prose.

    Maberry, Nassise, Ethridge, Petty and Talley have their own interpretations on what exactly Limbus is, yet are still able to harmonize their stories around the premise. The mysterious agency will keep readers guessing. There is something for everyone in Limbus, Inc. and particularly paranormal and horror fans will definitely be satisfied.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Are you down on your luck? Are you unemployed? Well The Limbus c

    Are you down on your luck? Are you unemployed? Well The Limbus corporation is here to help. They already have a job that would be perfect for you, all you have to do is call. Of course the job  may be to kill things to feed an alien princess or to help an alien creature who enslaves humans find a portal to his home world. Or maybe the job will be to stop a sacrifice that will keep evil from taking over the world.

    They may not be glamorous jobs but at least you will be employed. Then again maybe it would be better to  be unemployed. This is the concept behind Journalstone publishing’s anthology called Limbus Inc. Limbus is a shadowy employment agency that finds the perfect job for someone with their back against the wall. That person finds a business card from Limbus and ends up getting the job that is perfect for them in every way. Things are never that easy though and the job seeker is left to face their worst fears.

    This book contains five stories and a story within a story from the likes of Brett. J. Talley, Anne C. Petty, Joseph Nassise, Jonathan Maberry and Benjamin Kane Ethridge. If I was going to compare this book to a TV show its kind of like the Outer Limits. Each story is a kind of mix of science  fiction and horror.

    The first story is The Slaughter Man by Benjamin Kane Ethridge. It's about a man who has just lost his job in a slaughter-house and also found out his wife was divorcing him. He's not sure what he wants and he feels a sense of hopelessness. All that changes when a mysterious woman in a business suit shows up talking about a new job that is perfect for him. I felt the author made a great point about not giving up in a horrible situation and I liked how the main character changed throughout the story.

    The second story is The Sacrifice by Brett J. Talley. This one looks at a man who  has seen some horrors in Afghanistan and Iraq. Coming home from war he is trying to find some direction in life and is given a job to find a kidnapped girl. The job isn't as simple as it seems and is not what he thought it was going to be. This was a great horror story with a surprise twist.

    The next story is called One Job to Many by Joseph Nassise. This tale takes place in the future and is about a recruiter for Limbus who takes on more than he can handle when he hires a man to travel to different time periods to change the past in his favor. This one was a great time travel story with some interesting characters. It answers the question what would you do if you could change the past.

    We Employ by Anne C. Petty looks  at a man who couldn't be more down on his luck and what he is willing to do to fix it. I thought this story really made a good point about how things are not always what they seem and how your luck can turn around at a moments notice. I also liked the idea of what kind of beings are among us without us knowing.

    I liked all the stories in this book but my favorite was Strip Search by Jonathan Maberry. This horror tale follows a down on his luck private detective with a secret, who is hired to find the killer of sixteen women. I liked how the main character changes, I also loved the blood soaked ending and the mythology behind this story.

    Limbus Inc is a great anthology which really gets into what some people fear most. Which is  the idea of what your willing to do to support yourself. It then shows you that there are even worse things to be afraid of. Limbus Inc is a great book for Science fiction and horror fans alike.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    Riveting

    I made the mistake of starting this book on a Sunday night when I had work on Monday. I read greedily and turned each page anxious to see the developments on the next. Each story is seamless, well crafted and subtly mind-blowing as it makes you think, "this could be real...." I am left with the disturbing feeling that I am a willing participant in Limbus' world by writing this review and asking 'How lucky do you feel?"...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    I received a free e-copy of this book. I loved it and would

    I received a free e-copy of this book.




    I loved it and would recommend it. this book is really a good read and I think you will enjoy it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 8, 2013

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