Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives

by Justin Gustainis (Editor)

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Overview

An anthology of Occult (a.k.a supernatural) Detective stories assembled by Justin Gustainis and featuring new stories by: Tanya Huff, C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, Simon R. Green, Tim Pratt, Chris Marie Green, Lilith Saintcrow, Rachel Caine, Jacqueline Kessler, Carrie L. Vaughn, Julie Kenner, C. J. Henderson, Laura Anne Gilman, Justin Gustainis, Caitlin Kittredge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894063487
Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publication date: 02/14/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A former Army officer, speechwriter and professional bodyguard, Justin Gustainis is a college professor living in upstate New York. He is the author of The Hades Project (a semi-finalist for the 2003 Stoker award for Best First Novel), Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways and two forthcoming novels: Hard Spell and Sympathy for the Devil. He has also published a number of short stories, two of which won the Graverson Award for Horror in consecutive years. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

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Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KayMfromTX More than 1 year ago
Those Who Fight Monsters was a completely enjoyable & entertaining read! Some of the authors whose short stories are in this anthology were ones whose works I'd previously read, others were new to me. I particularly enjoyed the stories by Mr. Gustainis, Julie Kenner, Simon R. Green & Caitlin Kittredge. All the stories were just the right length, enough to whet the reader's appetite for more without being confusing if the reader was unfamiliar with the author's previous works. An all around enjoyable read, highly recommend!
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Those Who Fight Monsters is dark and fresh. Essentially an Urban Fantasy delight. Fans of this genre will be itching to get their hands on this book. I loved it. I got to visit favorites such has Quincey Morris, Tony Giodone & Pete Caldecott. But also introduced to others such as Marla Mason, Jill Kismet and many more.My favorite stories from this anthology are: Little Better Than A Beast by T.A. Pratt, Deal Breaker by Justin Gustainis & Running Wild by Rachel Caine.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Better than a Beast - disappointing. I thought the Beast would turn out to be not just a beast. Neat neutralization of both of them, but not the story I was hoping for. Interesting universe, though.Dusted - eh. The story was fine, the universe is interesting, his agonizing over what he is is boring.The Demon You Know - cute, I've read a couple of these books. Like the books, this is well-written, interesting situation, and just doesn't catch me.The Spirit of the Thing - yuck. I don't like anyone in this. The bartender's just nasty, the girl's an idiot and so's the boy, and John Taylor, despite his reputed soft heart, arranges murder because he's annoyed at having been used. No thanks.Holding the Line - I haven't read Jill Kismet, and I won't be. Like other Saintcrow books, it's well-written and the action's OK but the hopelessness and self-hatred are just too unpleasant.Defining Shadows - now this one I like. Police procedural, in a world newly acknowledging magic - I didn't realize it was Kitty's world until she was explicitly mentioned. I don't remember Jesse Hardin - may not have read her story yet.Deal Breaker - Yeah, I like Quincey Morris. I think he scammed both of them - a matter of belief, indeed!See Me - Tony I know and like - this is a fascinating glimpse of an entirely new kind of creature, and a great story. I do like Lee. And now I want to read the Smoke series again.Soul Stains - eww. First - too much backstory to this - a lot of it is very unclear. And then - nasty people, nasty story, nasty ending.Under the Hill and Far Away - mmm, middling. The language and the world are too grim, the mystery is mildly interesting. I wouldn't mind reading more.An Ace in the Hole - mmmph again. Mildly interesting world but I don't like the people much - magic mobsters.Hell Bound - yawn. Silly story, heavy on the sex.Impossible Love - yuck. Poor story & worse editing. Unrealistic emotions that are supposed to form the basis of the story.Running Wild -eh. Don't like the Weather Wardens & adding the Bacchae didn't help.Mostly middling to bad - a few good stories. Glad I read it, may search out some new stories, won't reread.
debsanswers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was very good, I even enjoyed the introduction. I loved how at the end of each story after telling a bit about the author, he then told a little about the hero of the story as if they were real. I would recommend this book mainly for people who have read most of the series referenced. I'll only rate the ones I liked. Little Better than a Beast (Marla Mason) by T.A. Pratt - I love and miss Marla. 5 stars Dusted (Cosa Nostradamus)by Laura Anne Gilman - This was great, I'm glad Danny is going to get his own book. 5 stars The Demon You Know (Demon-Hunter Soccer Mom)by Julie Kenner - this was good, I may have to continue reading these books. 4 stars The Spirit of the Thing (Nightside) by Simon R. Green - excellent, maybe nightside is better as short stories. 5 stars Holding the Line (Jill Kismet) by Lilith Saintcrow - I haven't read any of this series and just couldn't get into it. Defining Shadows (Detective Jessi Hardin from Kitty Norville) by Carrie Vaughn - This is from the Kitty Norville world, but Kitty wasn't in it. Cormac did have a cameo. 4 stars Deal Breaker (Quincey Morris) by Justin Gustainis - 4 stars See Me (Smoke and Shadows) by Tanya Huff - 3.5 stars Soul Stains (Vampire Babylon) by Chris Marie Green - haven't read any of this series Under the Hill and Far Away (Black London) by Caitlin Kittredge - very good, I need to start reading this series. 4 stars An Ace in the Hole (Sazi)by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp - I haven't read any of this series and wasn't very interested. Hell Bound (Hell on Earth) by Jackie Kessler - 3 stars Impossible Love (Piers Knight) by C.J. Henderson Running Wild (Outcast Season)by Rachel Caine
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These days, urban fantasy stories are big business (in literary terms). This anthology presents new stories of demon hunters by today's most popular writers.Kate Connor is your average suburban soccer mom, who just happens to work for a super-secret branch of the Vatican. Allie, her teenage daughter, is a demon-hunter in training, but is not yet ready to join Kate on patrol (a never-ending source of sulking and whining on Allie's part). Allie sneaks off to a fancy party in a huge mansion owned by a demon who needs human sacrifices.Quincey Morris is an occult investigator in Austin, Texas. His latest client is a man whose dot-com went out of business. Contemplating suicide, he signed over his soul in exchange for ten years of success. The ten years are up in a few hours, and the man is terrified that he is going to Hell. Can Morris do anything about it?Petunia "Pete" Caldecott is a former Inspector with the London Metropolitan Police. Sitting in a bar one night, wanting to be alone, she is approached by an inhabitant of the land of Faery. The prince of Faery has been murdered, which is totally foreign to Faery, and human eyes are needed to find the murderer.Tony Giodone is a former hitman who has been turned into a werewolf. He now works for the police force of the Sazi Council (they are the good guys). His latest case involves Carmine, a mob boss, who has snuck into Calgary, Alberta, because there are people who want a certain thing very badly. They have no problem with killing anyone who gets in their way. It involves a vial of a very sophisticated virus, and what looks like a photo of a brick wall.These stories will certainly keep the reader interested. For non-horror readers (like yours truly), the horror part is not overwhelming. Urban fantasy readers will love this book, and it is a first-rate group of stories.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyLittle Better than a Beast (a Marla Mason story) by T.A. Pratt Have you met Marla Mason, chief sorcerer of the city of Felport? She¿s `an ass-kicking sorcerer who doesn¿t wear a leather catsuit, doesn¿t suffer from low self-esteem, doesn¿t wallow in angst, and is almost always absolutely certain she¿s right¿ even when she¿s dead wrong. ` In our brief acquaintance, that description fits her to a tee. She¿s a lot to take at times, but endlessly entertaining. In Little Better than a Beast, Marla has to face a time traveling Beast and the chauvinistic sorcerer who hitched a ride with it into modern day. Sexual Content: None. Rating 3/5Dusted (a Cosa Nostradamus story) by Laura Anne Gilman The Cosa Nostradamus is ¿the name given to the entire magical community ¿ Human Talent and non-human `fatae.¿ Also the all-encompassing name for the books set in the world of the Cosa Nostradamus, including the Retrievers and P.S.I series.¿ In Dust, we are introduced to Danny Hendrickson a half-faun PI working in New York City. If you like Harry Dresden, you¿re going to love Danny. They could be brothers except for the whole horns thing. Very similar dry wit and pragmatism. Brute strength isn¿t his strength, but he¿s determined and willing to bend the rules to solve a case, in this story, it¿s tracking down a teenager who was lured away by fairies. Sexual Content: Some discussion of sexual awakening in regards to a minor. Rating 4/5 The Demon You Know (a Demon-Hunter Soccer Mom story) by Julie Kenner Chronologically, this story falls between DEJA DEMON and DEMON EX MACHINA and features grown up Buffy-like Kate Conner and, a first for this series, her teenage daughter Allie fending off a demon drop out at a college party. This was my first foray into this series and I found the mother daughter relationship to be a refreshing changeup from the normal UF relationships. A fun, smart story that manages to convey a lot of series/world building info while still delivering a satisfying story. Sexual Content: None. Rating 4/5 The Spirit of the Thing (a Nightside story) by Simon R. Green John Taylor is a P.I. in the Nightshade, a ¿otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines.¿ He¿s hired to investigate liquor tampering in a seedy bar and ends up helping a beautiful ghost solve her own murder. Nightshade stories are always a bittersweet treat and seem particularly suited to the short story format. A highlight for the anthology. Sexual Content: None. Rating 4/5 Holding the Line (a Jill Kismet story) by Lilith Saintcrow Jill Kismet is a Hunter in Santa Luz. She wages war with demons and other hellspawn on a daily basis. Holding the Line has her attempting a rescue mission when her teacher/mentor Mikhail goes missing. I can tell my enjoyment of this story suffered by my ignorance of the series overall. I found Jill too cold and hard to be sympathetic and the story itself overly detailed for this length.Sexual Content: None. Rating 2/5 Defining Shadows (a Detective Jessi Hardin story) by Carrie Vaughn Set in the Kitty Norville universe (and even featuring a cameo from Cormac and a Kitty name drop) Defining Shadows was one of the most surprising stories in this collection and plays off a little know myth about a Philippino Vampire. It was creepy and reminded me of Diana Rowland¿s Kara Gillian UF/Police procedure series. One of my favorites ever from Carrie Vaughn.Sexual Content: None. Rating 4/5 Deal Breaker (a Quincey Morris story) by Justin Gustainis Quincy Morris--descendant of the Morris who hunted Dracula--is an Occult Investigator. Deal Breaker is a quiet, unassuming story about a desperate man who finds Quincy only hours before a demon is due to collect his soul. There¿s no action, no crazy fight scenes, no magical duels, and yet this was my favorite story in the whole anthology. It¿s cool and clever without having to lift a f
plappen More than 1 year ago
These days, urban fantasy stories are big business (in literary terms). This anthology presents new stories of demon hunters by today's most popular writers. Kate Connor is your average suburban soccer mom, who just happens to work for a super-secret branch of the Vatican. Allie, her teenage daughter, is a demon-hunter in training, but is not yet ready to join Kate on patrol (a never-ending source of sulking and whining on Allie's part). Allie sneaks off to a fancy party in a huge mansion owned by a demon who needs human sacrifices. Quincey Morris is an occult investigator in Austin, Texas. His latest client is a man whose dot-com went out of business. Contemplating suicide, he signed over his soul in exchange for ten years of success. The ten years are up in a few hours, and the man is terrified that he is going to Hell. Can Morris do anything about it? Petunia "Pete" Caldecott is a former Inspector with the London Metropolitan Police. Sitting in a bar one night, wanting to be alone, she is approached by an inhabitant of the land of Faery. The prince of Faery has been murdered, which is totally foreign to Faery, and human eyes are needed to find the murderer. Tony Giodone is a former hitman who has been turned into a werewolf. He now works for the police force of the Sazi Council (they are the good guys). His latest case involves Carmine, a mob boss, who has snuck into Calgary, Alberta, because there are people who want a certain thing very badly. They have no problem with killing anyone who gets in their way. It involves a vial of a very sophisticated virus, and what looks like a photo of a brick wall. These stories will certainly keep the reader interested. For non-horror readers (like yours truly), the horror part is not overwhelming. Urban fantasy readers will love this book, and it is a first-rate group of stories.