A song half-heard. The murmur of a voice singing in the dark. There it is again...a few words set to an old melody filled with mystery, heartbreak and horror.
Out of Tune gathers a collection of original dark fantasy tales inspired by folk ballads. Here you'll find stories of strange creatures and strangers humans, treachery and love, murder and monsters.
Out of Tune brings together some of today's most talented writers and sets them loose in that swirling darkness at the edge of town. NY Times bestselling author and editor Jonathan Maberry unleashes his own brand of dark forces with a line-up of bestsellers and award winners. Kelley Armstrong, Jack Ketchum, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, Christopher Golden, David Liss, Gregory Frost, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Jeff Strand, Lisa Morton, Jeff Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell, Nancy Holder, Del Howison, and Gary Braunbeck. With commentary on each source ballad by folklorist Nancy Keim Comley.
Now get ready to dance to the music of the night.
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About the Author
Christopher Golden is the award-winning author of many bestselling books including Waking Nightmares, Of Saints and Shadows, Of Masques and Martyrs, and The Myth Hunters. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Soulless and Poison Ink, and he is the editor of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology, published by St. Martin’s Press. His novels have been published in fourteen languages. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he continues to live with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a collection of some fantastic stories, based on old English/Scottish/Irish (and one wholly American) ballads. 14 stories, and not a bad one in the mix. I will admit to having some favorites, notably JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte, FISH OUT OF WATER by Keith R. A. Decandido, DRIVING JENNY HOME by Seanan McGuire, and IN ARKHAM TOWN, WHERE I WAS BOUND by Nancy Holder (although don't get me wrong, they are all GREAT stories). The songs, while based on ballads, such as "John Barleycorn Must Die," "Barbara Allen," "Sweet William", are not just the ballads in story form; rather, they are stories inspired by the ballads. I also enjoyed the Folklore Commentary by Nancy Keim Comley, which explained either the origins, or variations in the songs, as well as artists who have covered the songs (although not all songs seem to have recordings). If you are a fan of old ballads, and/or dark fantasy (or mild horror), then I recommend this anthology to you!
I received this book as a LibraryThing early reviewer in ebook edition. I must admit to being a cherry picker in most anthologies. I buy them for one or two authors and too often end up flitting through the remainder of the stories without truly enjoying many of them. Not so with this book. Like my beloved Windling/Kushner anthologies, this book has a strong thematic feel that draws on older sources and leaves you wanting to delve into the original material to inform your reading. My only complaint is that I'm wishing desperately it had come with a CD of the old ballads it pulls from so I do't have to do the work of tracking them down myself! I came for Seanan McGuire and stayed for the rest!