Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy features the many faces of science fiction, fantasy, and horror Halloweens: steampunk Halloweens, post-apocalyptic Halloweens, alternate history Halloweens, outer space Halloweens, and noir Halloweens, not to mention new speculative takes on Halloween perennials, such as haunted houses, witches, ghosts, vampires, and, of course, jack-o'-lanterns. Twenty-six authors have contributed short stories, flash fiction, and poetry to the anthology, transporting us to the mysterious realm of the Pumpkin King, introducing the trick-or-treating Norse gods, or describing a lover's visit on a brief reprieve from Purgatory. Contributors include Paul L. Bates, Bruce Boston, James S. Dorr, Lyn C. A. Gardner, Jude-Marie Green, Samantha Henderson, Geoffrey A. Landis, Elissa Malcohn, Gregory L. Norris, Jason S. Ridler, Marge Simon, John F.D. Taff, Cliff Winnig, and 13 more. If there is a holiday ripe for exploration, speculation and new myths, it is Halloween. Come and celebrate this night of nights with us. -- From the Publisher
"Reading Jack-o'-Spec is like stepping into a Halloween party that's been going on for 2,000 years. There's something delightfully pagan about these stories and poems, something that captures Halloween's dark, autumn atmosphere. Whether it's a mad scientist invoking Halloween ghosts on Mars, boys trapped in not one but two haunted houses, or a rich evocation of poetic seasonal spirits, Jack-o'-Spec has something for all Halloween lovers." -- Lisa Morton, Author, The Halloween Encyclopedia
|Publisher:||Raven Electrick Ink|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book a great deal. Per its title, it is a collection of Halloween titles, of which they are great to read year-round. Some of the selections are poetry. I'm not a poetry enthusiast, as I am of the short story, but I can still appreciate the prose and emotion they portray. Personal favorite stories are "The Two Houses," by Gregory L. Norris, "The Experiment," by Cliff Winnig, "The Leaves," by James S. Dorr, and "Who Killed the Pumpkin King," by Michael M. Jones.
The air has turned crisp and pumpkins are appearing all over. The trees are donning their fall colors and stores have been slinging fun-sized candies in purple and orange for a month now. It's the perfect setting for some great Halloween-themed tales, and this book delivers. Jack O' Spec is a delightful collection of poems and prose all centering on some of the themes of Halloween. Not the typical horror fare of monsters and killers, instead it studies magic, what Halloween would be like if we were no long subjected to Earth's season and the myths behind the celebrations and masks in the first place. This isn't a collection out to scare or turn reader away with blatant gore. It's out to dazzle and does its job well. From Michael M. Jones' holiday noir ¿Who Killed the Pumpkin King?¿ to Daniel R. Robichaud's steampunk ¿Autumn Jitters¿ and Samantha Henderson's south-of-the-border ¿Sugar Skulls¿ Jack O' Spec has a lot to offer. It's an excellent choice for Halloween lovers, and for public collections. Contains: Pagan themes, language, adult situations