Served Cold Paperback – 17 September 2019
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- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1950569047
- ISBN-13 : 978-1950569045
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.78 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Grey Matter Press (17 September 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 84,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Step into the ring with Alan Baxter, I dare you. He writes with the grace, precision, and swift brutality of a prizefighter. Served Cold is a stellar showcase for his talents. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading him yet, start here!" -- Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and The Pandora Room
"In Served Cold Alan Baxter shows off his impressive versatility and range with a host of stories that mix old school terrors with very now concerns. At turns creepy and visceral, Baxter delivers the horror goods." -- Paul Tremblay, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
"Served Cold is a powerful collection of Alan Baxter's writing at its best. These stories never shy from the darkness or the weird and yet are, at their core, deeply human. As readers, we identify with his characters even--or maybe especially--when we would rather not. Be it twisted desires or impossible choices, the harshest of consequences or the depths of despair, in these stories Baxter shines a light into the darker corners of what it means to be human." -- Joanne Anderton, award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories
"Alan Baxter's Served Cold is a feast for readers, who will push back from the table wanting more!" -- John F.D. Taff, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Fearing and The End in All Beginnings
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Every story is well crafted and suspenseful. This collection is a fine example of what horror can be when it is done right.
I won't go through all the stories, but I think my 3 favourites were:
Exquisite: Reminiscent of (and I'm sure more than likely inspired by) Clive Barker at his best. A burglar gets a bit of a surprise when looking for valuables while the homeowner is out for the evening, but it's not quite what he thinks.
In Vaulted Halls Entombed: Not the only cosmic horror in this collection, but for me the best one I think. A squad of soldiers is tracking down a handful of enemy combatants, and their chase leads them deeper and deeper underground. They find the people they were looking for, but they find something else down there too ...
Crying Demon: A bullied child gets his revenge via a dark web online game, then tries to make amends when he realises he's gone too far.
Baxter is a gifted writer, and I look forward to catching up on his back catalog.
I was not disappointed. The stories were vastly different in scope and genre(some supernatural, some cosmic horror, all of them spooky).
There was honestly not a single story I disliked or was ambivalent about. All of them were really good!