An anthology of occult detective tales

Justin Gustainis, ed. Those who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives (EDGE 2011).

As horror fiction continues to grow in popularity, especially stories of the various kinds of people who protect humanity from vampires, werewolves, demons, & other supernatural enemies, more & more series about such figures appear each month. For those who like this stuff, anything that can help us make some choices will prove useful. Enter Those who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives, an anthology that offers 14 introductions to various sleuths who walk the mean crypts & dark alleys where supernatural predators seek their victims.

Well, all that, then. Given that some of these authors have already written 10 volumes in one series & 8 in another, it has to be hard to keep up. All of the stories in Those who Fight Monsters are good entertainment. These writers know how to write for their fan base. I don’t have the time to go read novels about all these ‘detectives’ (some fit that designation perfectly; others are more just slayers, soldiers of God, or amateurs whose psychic powers bring them into the ‘eternal battle’), but I now know of a few I’ll probably check out. Other readers will find their own new entertainments, & that’s what an anthology like this is for. I’ll probably check out Simon R Green’s Nightside series, T.A. Pratt’s Marla Mason series, Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series, & Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series. If I have the time. At any rate, I can recommend Those who Fight Monsters as a welcome introduction to a wide range of occult detectives & the worlds they patrol & defend. At least in these tales, the horror is supernatural & can be defeated, which is why they’re such engaging escapism.

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