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  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Whitehurst

    K.A. Schultz spins an elegant, dark collection of stories in her newest collection of stories, “Anathelogium: Poetry & Prose from the Neither." Anathelogium collects prose from the author’s treasure trove of published and unpublished work, including short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. While her readers may be familiar her alluring yarn, “The Perigean Turn,” included in this new collection, they’ll be delighted to find an all-new sequel included as well. “The Drowning Man Game” returns us to K.A. Schultz spins an elegant, dark collection of stories in her newest collection of stories, “Anathelogium: Poetry & Prose from the Neither." Anathelogium collects prose from the author’s treasure trove of published and unpublished work, including short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. While her readers may be familiar her alluring yarn, “The Perigean Turn,” included in this new collection, they’ll be delighted to find an all-new sequel included as well. “The Drowning Man Game” returns us to the sea, and those mysterious creatures who live there, in a fresh and surprising way. Schultz’s refined writing style, to me, blends Lovecraft and Dickens and delivers an intriguing, engaging modern experience in Anathelogium.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    ***I received a free e-copy via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest review.*** I love "dark fiction"/horror/ and simply put: messed up things. I loved the cover when I saw this on the giveaway page and I thought it sounded like it was right up my alley. It wasn't. The book started off promising as "Perigean Turn" caught my attention and held it. I enjoyed it, but then story two "The Drowning Man Game" put us right back into the same story and fell quite flat to me. Instead of an interesti ***I received a free e-copy via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest review.*** I love "dark fiction"/horror/ and simply put: messed up things. I loved the cover when I saw this on the giveaway page and I thought it sounded like it was right up my alley. It wasn't. The book started off promising as "Perigean Turn" caught my attention and held it. I enjoyed it, but then story two "The Drowning Man Game" put us right back into the same story and fell quite flat to me. Instead of an interesting short story, I felt as if I had been handed a couple of random chapters from a larger book, and was missing something. Dialogue heavy, is the best way for me to describe the second story and it just wasn't that good. "Coronet" is really where the book started to lose me. It felt old fashioned for the sake of being pretentious. What could have been an amazingly beautiful and weird ass story instead puts you to sleep. "The Monstrance & The Relic" drew me back in, but by the end, again, felt as if I was reading a couple chapters of a whole book. Still enjoyable. "Coppe-snippen": completely lost me. But this time, I've accepted the fact that I just wanna DNF the whole thing because I just can't get into this. But I chose to speed-read it and push on, hoping for some like the first story or the one before this one. "Indulgences": quite amusing "Soft Warm Good": interesting "The Happiest Hour"- lost me again. Decent story but just felt so long and drawn out. "The Last Hour"- interesting Ah... "Gamma Gaia". This was proving to be my favorite story yet but then the end, the time crimps, just kinda ruined it for me. "Butterflybroth"- it had such a great premise, and ended on a good note, but it felt like the author needed to point out how different things were, to the reader, instead of just letting us figure out what things weren't quite right. "Brief History of Travelers" felt like a history teacher reading in a monotone, the kind of professor that just doesn't stop talking. I actually thought of "The Time Traveler's Wife" while reading it, and to be honest- that book is in the top 5 of my most hated, boring, "wish I had not read" list. So, I wasn't very surprised to see the footnote acknowledging the novel. "Storia Dell'arte dei vampiri" - another one that I skimmed. Nice ending, with the talk of ML and such. "Paradise"- great story line and idea but the execution wasn't for me. It was choppy. The Flash Fiction section: a couple of decent additions but as a whole, I wasn't hooked. I'mma be honest- I've never been a poetry/poem girl and at the urging of a friend, I've been branching out. But this didn't do it for me. I really liked "Cottage Crypt". I mean, it may have been the best part of the book, a section that I almost didn't make it to. "To My Beloved, in her Cemeterial Abode" made me laugh. Out loud. The same for "Shipwrecked". Most enjoyable. The poetry and lyrics section, I sped-read. I had such high hoped for this collection. I really don't understand the trigger warnings at the beginning, but then again, I detest "TW", but nothing struck me as being so dark or messed up that warnings were warranted. And on a side note, the first red flag for me was the page with an excerpt from "Urban Dictionary". That gave me pause and then I dismissed it, but over all, that feeling of not being hyped was correct. I know that this is all personal opinions and basically the book just wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of choppy writing (don't get me started on "We Were Liars") or the flowery prose often adopted by the author. Such great ideas and premises that just got lost, in my opinion. But hey, if you love poetry and weird things... Give it a shot, just because I didn't love it doesn't mean that you won't either.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frank Basile

    Anathelogium lives up to its warning at the beginning of the book, “Graphic, possibly offensive & triggering content. Reader discretion is advised.” And I’m glad it does. Dark fiction does not appeal to everyone, so understand when I give this book 5 stars that I enjoy this storytelling genre (as well as others) and the author does it very well. Books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz include dark fiction, horror, mystery, and fantasy, as Schultz does in this book, Even the Blind Justice illustrat Anathelogium lives up to its warning at the beginning of the book, “Graphic, possibly offensive & triggering content. Reader discretion is advised.” And I’m glad it does. Dark fiction does not appeal to everyone, so understand when I give this book 5 stars that I enjoy this storytelling genre (as well as others) and the author does it very well. Books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz include dark fiction, horror, mystery, and fantasy, as Schultz does in this book, Even the Blind Justice illustration cover art, design, and book formatting by the author contribute to the mood and reader experience. The use of paragraphing, including the one sentence paragraph, and the italics, spacing, and the dialect all add to the ambience of each story. Quoting various people in the book, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Carl Sagan, adds to the atmosphere in the story. Each story creates suspense from the very beginning and makes the reader want to rush through to find out what happens, which is generally quite unexpected and eerie. Possible spoiler: The story, Gamma Gaia, reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows, The Twilight Zone. Instead of arriving at a distant planet as a 22-year-old woman for her role as a “mail order bride” and child bearer in a distant planet (after being medically suspended as planned for the 68-year space trip), she arrives as an old woman due to the failure of the ship's medical system. Another TV series along these lines was Twin Peaks, which I also liked. An excellent movie in this genre is Get Out, the 2017 horror film about subtle racism. The stories generally include some aspect of human nature. The moral of the story in Paradise is to be careful what you wish for. Plan B may not be what you had hoped for. The warning at the beginning of The Drowning Man Game, “Do not try this at home,” is an understatement. Another favorite story: The Monstrance and the Relic, a chilling horror story, and also Indulgences, with another strange ending. The section on Flash Fiction, consisting of several very short stories, reminds me of the One-Minute Play Festival. In this case, in one or two paragraphs or one page at the most, the author tells a compelling story. So, if this genre is your thing, this is your book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Windy

    Independent Author K.A. Schultz graciously sent me a copy of Anathelogium, Poetry & Prose from the Neither; her amazing collection of horror and sci-fi shorts and I honestly don’t know how to begin my Rave for these stories! I enjoyed it slowly over the last couple of weeks; a ghastly story here, a macabre poem there and I’ve narrowed down my favourites to these three and two honourable mentioned (but I loved every single word within). - The Perigean Turn (also found in last years Wild Violence A Independent Author K.A. Schultz graciously sent me a copy of Anathelogium, Poetry & Prose from the Neither; her amazing collection of horror and sci-fi shorts and I honestly don’t know how to begin my Rave for these stories! I enjoyed it slowly over the last couple of weeks; a ghastly story here, a macabre poem there and I’ve narrowed down my favourites to these three and two honourable mentioned (but I loved every single word within). - The Perigean Turn (also found in last years Wild Violence Anthology edited by Nick Harper) is a blue tale about sibling love and a creepy sea creature. - A Brief History of Trav’lers - I ❤️ all things time travel, even the dreadful consequences. - The Coppe-Snippen is a freakish folk story and pure nightmare fuel 😳 - Indulgences - Soft Warm Good

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pax

    A beautiful mix of horror and prose. There was a poetry to some of these without being "poetry" - if that makes sense? This anthology is surely worth a read and I echo what I read about it when it first came across my radar - read it slowly and savor it. I think it is best enjoyed that way! A beautiful mix of horror and prose. There was a poetry to some of these without being "poetry" - if that makes sense? This anthology is surely worth a read and I echo what I read about it when it first came across my radar - read it slowly and savor it. I think it is best enjoyed that way!

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    Scott McClintock

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