Reader reviews for Psychos : Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Crimin...

A warning to readers: when Skipp gives a warning that a following story will be disturbing, he means it! Some of the stories will have readers screaming and thinking about them long after putting the book down. Writers include big-name and lesserknown authors, long-dead and modern. Some of the stories are hard to read all the way through--for all the wrong reasons--but the good ones are truly remarkable and will entice the reader to check out more by that author. Even those with nerves are steel will find it hard to suppress a shudder reading some of these stories.
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REVIEWED: Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally InsaneEDITED BY: John SkippPUBLISHED: September, 2012It’s hard to say that new John Skipp anthologies are better than the ones before it, because each of his books are a treasure of fiction stories. So with that being said, if you were a fan of his earlier anthologies, “ZOMBIES” or “WEREWOLVES” or “DEMONS,” this latest, “PSYCHOS,” meets the same level of quality horror and depth of genre you may have found before. It’s another immense collection, clocking in at about 600 pages, oversize trim, and 38 stories, plus introduction and various appendices. As before, the book also covers historic fiction, famous reprints, and plenty of new works by some of the best names in dark fiction, such as Neil Gaimon, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Bentley Little. Some of my personal favorite stories in this book include the Stoker-nominated tale, “Righteous,” by Weston Ochse, the seminal “Lucy Comes To Stay,” by Robert Bloch, “The Shallow End of the Pool,” by Adam-Troy Castro, “Damaged Goods,” by Elizabeth Massie, and “The Small Assassin” by Ray Bradbury.Five out of Five stars
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