Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology

Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology

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ISBN-13: 9780984787685
Publisher: Smart Rhino Publications
Publication date: 11/24/2013
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JayLowDown More than 1 year ago
I finished this book today, only four days after starting it.  I grabbed it after reading three other anthologies from Smart Rhino (Zippered Flesh 1 &2 and Uncommon Assassins).  I had high hopes for this one.  And it didn't let me down.  This book weaves a strange path through the lives of the wicked and the people they touch.  Not all horror, but every story in here has some hint of the horrific, I think.  This is a book even non-horror fans will enjoy though, so I would recommend it to all. For me, the highlights in here were The Flenser by Billie Sue Mosiman, Mirror Mirror by Chantal Noordeloos, Missing by JM Reinbold, Sometimes the Good Witch Sings to Me by L.L.Soares and The Devil Inside by Shannon Connor Winward.  But the two best stories for sure were Sven Bloodhair by Christine Morgan and Despair by Shaun Meeks.  Sven Bloodhair is great.  It is a period piece, set in the Viking times with some amazing visuals and some twists that had me publicly gasping.  It is violent, but the violence is needed for the story it is.  Then, the story Despair starts off as a psychological horror story about ghosts and spins out of control into utter madness.  This one is by far the most horror of the collection and made me want to leave my lights on.  Huge creep factor. 
ALM64 More than 1 year ago
I really wish I could give this one a 5 out of 5, but there are a few in here that I just couldn't get into. Two of them in fact I had to give up on reading halfway through because they just couldn't hook me in. I'm not that picky of a reader, but with anthologies you aren't always going to find all stories to you taste. Still, with the ones I liked in here, they were so good, so outstanding, that I was still tempted to give it a 5. That's how good those ones are. My favorite in here was Shaun Meeks's Despair. Man, this story had me more than hooked from the get go. It's sad and dark and moves to an ending that really blew me away. Did not see it coming at all. Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair was like that too. I loved the way it was written, where you get a real sense that she did her homework on it. I just happen to be on a Game of Thrones book binge and this hit the same mark as those do with the style of writing. Weldon Burge is one of the editors for this one and also gives a great story with Right-Hand Man. This one is less horror, but there are still some seriously horrific elements here. The last one I will mention is Shannon Connor Winward's The Devil Inside. I don't want to give too much on this one, but it shouldn't be missed. There are some truly great creepy scenes here and her style of writing is amazing. All in all this is one heck of an anthology. The theme is strong throughout, even if there were some I didn't quite like. The fact that there are 19 out of 21 I did like is saying something. So go get it, read it and you'll see what I mean.
RickardsWhite More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome collection of short stories. Every single story in here is good, to the point where even the ones that weren't my favorites were at least fun to read. Best stories in here were by Billie Sue Moisman, Shaun Meeks, Christine Morgan, JM Reinbold and Maria Masington. Highly recommended.
darkfictionfan More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It was a decent book with some really interesting stories in here, though a few fell flat. The ones that soared above the rest though were Shaun Meeks' Despair, Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair, Shannon Connor Winward's The Devil Inside and the bizarre story by Justynn Tyme called The Semi-Aquatic Blue Baker of Borneo. All in all I would read this again and recommend it to friends.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
I consider myself more of a fan of novels then short stories but recently I read a great anthology called Someone Wicked which was edited by Weldon Burge and JM Reinbold and available from Smart Rhino Publications. This book is a collection of 21 tales by the Written Remains Writers Guild that cover such genres as horror, comedy, fantasy and mystery. This is one impressive anthology, every story here is well written and each story is different from the last. One good story in Someone Wicked is Reckonings by Gail Husch. I loved how the main character describes herself in the beginning  and then she gets into all the little things that she does to get vengeance on the people who annoy her. This is a simple story but the way everything is described paints a picture and makes it come to life. The way this one was written made me think this is going be a great anthology and all of the other stories here are just as good. Reckonings is a  quiet, psychological horror story with a touch of humor. To show the diversity in Someone Wicked the next story is The Flenser by Billie Sue Mosiman. This horror story goes more for the gross out effect but still manages to have interesting characters and a good shocking ending. The Flenser is about a man who gets a job cleaning flesh off of skull so they can be sold to medical facilities. I did not know jobs exsisted like this and it was interesting reading about how these people would interact with others and what their idea of fun might be. One of my favorites in this book is Mirror, Mirror by Chantal  Noordeloos. This is a dark fantasy story that looks at the legend of bloody Mary. This story begins in 1852 and is told by a girl named Sophie who along with her mother lives on a  plantation. Sophie has a step sister named Marie-Louise who is a bully and likes to make Sophie’s life hard. In addition to bullying, Sophie has a hard life and her mother along with others end up dying under mysterious circumstances. Sophie feels like an outcast and makes friends with some of the slaves. Here Sophie finds out about the cursed mirror in the house. I loved how this story was told with all the details of life in the mid 1800′s and I liked Sophie’s relationship with the slaves. This was one great horror story on a legend that I didn’t know much about. In addition to the excellent horror stories in this book there is a mystery here called Missing by JM Reinbold, along with some good takes on fairy tales such as Sisters: A Fairy Tale by Liz DeJesus which I would love to see expanded into a novel. I also loved the dramatic Impresario by Maria Masington, this one takes a look at one young person’s descent into drug addiction that I think sadly a lot of people can relate to. This book even has some stories that are just for laughs such as The Semi-Aquatic Blue Baker of Borneo by Justynn Tyme which is a hard story to explain, it just has to be read. This anthology has it all and is a book you shouldn’t pass up.
Faithful85 More than 1 year ago
There is a lot to love about this book. First off, the cover really grabbed my attention and that is saying something. So many books are being released these days with book covers that make you laugh or wince, but this one is great. Luckily the best part of it isn't just the cover. The stories in here are rich and diverse. There really is something for almost anyone. This is not just a trip into the horror genre, but each story has something of a horror twist in it. Although I must admit that some of my favorites in here were more horror oriented. Shaun Meeks' Despair is a great story that gives you a classic ghost story until he pulls the rug out from under you at the end. There is raw emotion and true sorrow in this one. Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair is another great one, full of rich descriptions and a wonderful backdrop. I was totally engrossed with the story and characters. JM Reinbold's The Missing didn't miss at all. It hit the mark in so many ways. The story did not go anywhere I thought it would. When I was done, I wanted more of this one.  I can't say all them were homeruns in here, but they were close. A wonderful and enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In one word: AWESOME! Smart Rhino Publications has done it again with a wonderful collection of stories, all on the theme of wickedness. Suspense, mystery, thrills ... all here!
Just-In More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed by this anthology. While there were two or three stories I personally didn't like, even those ones were well written and somewhat interesting. And they ddin't deter me from giving this a five star rating because the other stories in here are pure gold.  There is quite a lot of diversity in here too, from horror, to dark comedy, to fairy tales, to thrillers to bizarrro.  Something for everyone.  Now as to my favourite stories, that's easy.  By far, Shaun Meeks' Despair stole the show.  The story seems simple, a man haunted by his dead family, but simple leaves pretty quick and then the twisted, someone wicked comes out and took me for a look. Probably one of the more brutal stories in the group too. Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair was another great one. I loved that it takes place in the past, the language is flawless here and the story is engaging. Billie Sue Mosiman's The Flenser is another amazing tale. She pulls the reader into a strange and horrific world and though I was pretty sure I knew where it was going, it was an awesome ride. Weldon Burges' Right-Hand Man has some punch to it. Not so horror, but very dark and perfectly moody. I finished it and knew I had to go get a copy of Uncommon Assassins right after. There are some other great ones, but you need to get the book and find them yourself.
DaGray More than 1 year ago
Someone Wicked is a great anthology, but know ahead of time that if are expecting it to be all horror, like the Zippered Flesh anthologies, think again. This one has a wider scope and it makes for some great reading, though a few of them lost me with an inability to grab me or sometimes hold my attention. With that being said, I would still recommended it. Some highlights for me were Billie Sue Mosiman's The Flenser, Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair, JM Reinbold's Missing, Maria Masington's Impresario and Shannon Connor Winward's The Devil Inside. But the two that stand well above the rest were Shaun Meeks' Despair and Weldon Burges' Right-Hand Man. These two stick with me and made me want to read them again as soon as I was done the book. They are both very different stories, Shaun's is a twisted horror story that ends in a way you never see coming and Weldon's is a very well written and twisted story based more in reality that would fit well into his Uncommon Assassins anthology. Highly recommend this one.
dog_earred_reader More than 1 year ago
Finished Someone Wicked this weekend, and although there are some great stories in here, there are a few that just fell flat.  Not that they aren't well written, they just didn't stick with me. Some highlights though were Shaun Meeks' Despair, an amazing twist on a ghost story that not only is horrifying at parts, but is also pretty sad and heart wrenching too.  JM Reinbold's Missing, a great story that was better than any episode of Law and Order I've ever seen. Another great one was Christine Morgan's Sven Bloodhair, a twist on an old theme that really pulls the reader into an old world horror. Others were Billie Sue Mosiman's The Flenser, Ernestus Jiminy Chald's The Tail of Fate and Maria Masington's Impresario.  These stories alone make it a worthwhile purchase.  So even though there were a few I probably would skip on, there are plenty for me to reread so I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys dark fiction.