In Those Who Fight Monsters, Justin Gustainis has brought together an exciting collection of short stories from some of fantasy’s finest detective writers. You’ll find Marla Mason, the no nonsense chief sorcerer of Felport from T.A. Pratt’s series. There is also the sardonic wit of Nick Taylor from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. Or there is the enigmatic, ex-cop turned private detective, Danny Hendrickson, who has his own mystical qualities, from Laura Anne Gilman’s Cosa Nostradamus series. These are just a few of many other, possibly stranger, characters offered within this assortment of tales.
The stories are entertaining and engaging. They range from detectives searching for lost children to a soccer mom battling demons to a sorcerer taking on a monster from the past. Each story is a welcome diversion from reality. Although the tales fall into a common theme of detectives thrashing it out with paranormal baddies, the stories are all dissimilar from each other. Each of the authors has their own take on the genre and has created their own micro-universe within the confines of the story. The opportunity to enter a different world with each tale keeps each story within Those Who Fight Monsters fresh and exciting.
I delve into the worlds of the occult detective from time to time. As expected, this collection offered entertainment. Those Who Fight Monsters also allowed an exploration into the worlds created by authors who I hadn’t read before. The stories fall into the realm of well written to fun, noir-styling. Another fun aspect of this collection includes character bios at the end of each story after the author profiles. I would recommend this collection to the fan of the genre and those who are looking to explore new avenues in story telling.
Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Justin Gustainis. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.