Some monsters are nightmarish beasts with fangs and grotesque bodies. Others come in the form of bad decisions we dread or regret. Both kinds haunt and stalk us while we are alone at night.
Wrath and Ruin is a collection of nine stories with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi threaded with quiet, traditional horror. Monsters, both literal and figurative, lurk in the shadows of this diverse anthology.
Hunters pursue a ghoul in Victorian-era Pennsylvania. A psychologist interrogates the lone survivor of a mysterious shipwreck. Astronauts investigate a derelict alien spacecraft loitering in Earth’s solar system. A man flees powerful enemies in a bizarre, hostile land. These stories and more are included in this debut book by author C.W. Briar.
Briar continues a tradition established by fellow Binghamton, NY writers like Rod Serling and Kevin Lucia: fantastical-yet-grounded stories with subtle horror.
"A highly satisfying mix of genres, WRATH AND RUIN offers a voice reminiscent of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis', with a healthy sampling of Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard." -Kevin Lucia, author of Things Slip Through & Through a Mirror, Darkly
"Wrath and Ruin is an exciting and diverse collection. Briar's debut book shows his strong writing voice and vivid imagination. I can't wait to see what he puts out next!" -Ben Wolf, author of Blood for Blood
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About the Author
Briar has an Industrial & Systems Engineering degree from Binghamton University. He has worked as an engineer on various helicopters, airplanes, and trains. His interest in theology and philosophy led him to earning certification in apologetics through Biola University.
Escape from Wrath and Ruin, which is included in this anthology, became Briar's first published story in 2012. His writing focuses on fantasy and sci-fi stories threaded with quiet, traditional horror. He has always had a fascination with toothy, dangerous creatures, both real and imaginary. That fascination is reflected in the monsters that inhabit this anthology.
Briar is married to his college sweetheart. They have three wonderful children, two adorable corgis, and a pair of fluffy chinchillas. The children are adept at making messes, the corgis shed everywhere, and the chinchillas raise ruckuses while the family is trying to sleep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The eclectic Wrath and Ruin (A Chilling Anthology) by C.W. Briar starts with Escape from Wrath and Ruin, in which a young, amnesiac protagonist in a strange wasteland learns that deception is what he should fear most, not beasts nor a ruthless hunter. This is followed by Lust, where a couple - Dave and Brynn - has less spark and more spat in their relationship since their marriage four years ago. One day, a beautiful, raven-haired girl catches Dave’s eye. Curiosity turns into obsession, which eventually leads to a horrifying revelation. This is one of my favorites, as it reminds me of several urban myths of my local hometown. The pace differs from story to story－moderate to fast. Some might feel a bit slow to readers who like an instant hook at the beginning. That said, this doesn’t put a dent in the overall pace. Different themes and settings are also explored deftly with a clear narrative. Sci-fi horror lovers will be delighted to know that Briar also takes the collection to space with The Other Edge, highlighting the inferiority of humans versus alien tech. Another favorite of mine, The Case of Elizabeth Flora, takes place in 1919, where a shipwreck survivor told her doctor a remarkable tale. Characterization is solid, and the ones that stand out for me are Gideon Wells and Rosette Drumlin in Ghoul: A Gideon Wells Story. The last story in the book, The Parable on Thorne Ave, reminds readers of another kind of horror that could happen to a family. Strange beasts, a sinister painting, eccentric monster hunters, alchemy, and more－Briar’s Wrath and Ruin is definitely a treat for horror fans. It’s truly a ‘chilling’ anthology.
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book and decided to buy it, no idea at all. But I'm sure glad I got it! The collection of stories cover an impressive range of characters, settings and types of suspense. One story was based in space while another based in a strange land. I really enjoyed 'The Case of Elizabeth Flora', which had an interview style and a plot that had me neglecting dinner for the sake of knowing how it would end. 'Ghoul' is another favorite of mine-- the 1890's setting, the mentions of alchemy, the twists of horror that struck to the soul... Absolutely gripping! I confess to not being one to typically like horror, but this traditional, quiet horror kept me riveted and loathe to put it down. Excellent anthology and well worth the read!