Orchid edited by Dylan Williams
And to think that I was regretting saving this one for last. After that Bogus Dead book in the middle of the week I was pretty sure nothing else was going to touch it, then along comes this book. In my opinion. there are two ways to make a great anthology. You can either have a lot of pieces, fast and furious, and youâ€™ll come away with a good impression of the book as long as the majority of them are solid, or you can have a book with only a select few, long pieces. Orchid is comprised of seven long tales adaptations of gothic stories. The only one that didnâ€™t do anything for me was Poeâ€™s â€œThe Ravenâ€, and thatâ€™s mostly just because Iâ€™ve seen so many adaptations of it at this point in my life that I just donâ€™t want to see it again. A personal problem of mine, granted, but that doesnâ€™t change the fact that everything else in here is creepy and good. Kevin Huizenga (the back says that he â€œused to do a comic book named Supermonsterâ€. Please donâ€™t tell me that heâ€™s done, thatâ€™s one of the best series out there and I only just found out about it!) has the longest piece, a disturbing tale about the power of visions. Hereâ€™s a list of the other names, and let me know if you need and more convincing: Lark Pien & Jesse Reklaw, Ben Catmull, T. Edward Bak, David Lasky, and Dylan Williams. Itâ€™s only $8 and I couldnâ€™t recommend it more highly. Get this and Bogus dead and your anthology needs for the year should be pretty much met.
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