Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories

Edited by Mike Ashley. Talos, $18.99 trade paper (614p) ISBN 978-1-945863-54-7
Anthologist Ashley (Menace of the Monster: Classic Tales of Creatures from Beyond) has never been better in conveying his genre expertise than in this impressive assembly of 31 short stories featuring psychic or occult detectives from the mid-19th century (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Green Tea”) to the late 20th century (Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s “Jeremiah”). While usual suspects Arthur Machen and William Hope Hodgson are deservedly included, the volume’s real value lies in its introducing fans of those writers to more obscure authors, such as Max Rittenberg, whose “The Sorcerer of Arjuzanx,” concerning a possible case of bewitchment at Lourdes, makes the case that his consulting psychologist, Xavier Wycherley, merits having all his stories republished. And few setups are more tantalizing than Victor Rousseau’s “The Woman with the Crooked Nose,” in which a man consults a doctor after seeing a ghost resembling a dead woman in every particular, except that it has a straight nose, unlike the deceased. Ashley’s choice to reprint several entries for the first time insures that even longtime horror devotees will find something new and intriguing. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/21/2019
Release date: 01/21/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Hardcover - 624 pages - 978-1-945863-52-3
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