by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, Allison Pang, Kelly Gay, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Meding
Series: Hell on Earth #0.7
Genres: Urban Fantasy
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals. The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box? And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own. Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
What an absolutely fantastic anthology Carniepunk turned out to be! It whisks us to the carnival as only these talented authors of Urban Fantasy could do. With such high-profile authors as Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Gay, Jennifer Estep, Rachel Caine, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang and more one cannot help but get excited. Some of my personal favorites were Cold Girl, The Three Lives of Lydia, Parlor Tricks and Daughter of the Midway, The Mermaid, and The Open Lonely Sea. This is a must-read for urban fantasy fans and a great introduction to new authors and the genre in general. A perfect coffee table read that offers hours of enjoyment! Dark, engaging and chock full of fantastic reads I was impressed. Often I am disappointed by 40% of the stories within a typical anthology but I can honestly say while some excited me more than others this collection produced all four and five-star tales.