Primogen: Origin of Monsters
Eighteen of your favorite authors take you on a trip to discover the reinvented “Origin of Monsters”. Meet the primogeniture from each horrific bloodline as told from creative minds like Ramsey Campbell, Nicholas Vince, Josh Malerman, and more.
I KNOW I PROMISED YOU A STORY by Gary McMahon
FAMILY TREE by Nicholas Vince
CONJOINED by Greg Chapman
A LOAF OF FREAD, A JUG OF WINE by Brian Hodge
LOSING VISIBILITY by Carl Jennings
THE MONKEYS by E.F. Benson
GIN LACED WITH JUNIPER by Alisha Jordan
LE MORT VIVANT by Steven Chapman
CREATURE’S REVENGE by Stuart Conover
RATIONAL CREATURES by Daniel J Russell
THE BIRTH OF DJINN by Alex Laybourne
GORGONS by Jess Landry
NIGHT SWIMMING by Laura Mauro
THE DARKNESS IN OUR DREAMS by Phil Sloman
TO WALK IN MIDNIGHT’S REALM by Simon Bestwick
BASIC SHADE by Josh Malerman
THE FERRIES by Ramsey Campbell
THE UNFLESHED: TALE OF THE AUTOPSIC BRIDE (Excerpt) by Lisa Vasquez
Primogen: Origin of Monsters is a beautifully collected anthology of stories that reimagine the basis of many historic tales of the frightening. I love a good short story, and the theme of this collection holds a special place in my heart, as do some of the stories therein.
The anthology starts off strong with “I Know I Promised You A Story” by Gary McMahon. This first-person narrative is fast-paced and quite shocking. It left me wondering just what I was in store for with the rest of the collection.
Among my favorites is the second story, “Family Tree” by Nicholas Vince. It is one of the most original and intelligently crafted werewolf stories I have read.
Also of personal note, “Gin Laced with Juniper,” a beautifully brilliant tale by Alisha Jordan; and “Basic Shade,” a wildly dark and brutal prose by Josh Malerman. And, of course, there is a bonus excerpt from THE UNFLESHED: Tales of the Autopsic Bride by Lisa Vasquez, which is probably the most graphic and horrific of the stories.
While none of these stories fall within the realm of extreme horror, some of them are quite brutal and shocking. Others are simply dark, disturbing, thought-provoking. This is a brilliant collection of alternate history and alternative mythology.