REVIEW: Attic Toys Edited by Jeremy C. Shipp

I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Giglio and Charles Day last Fall at Anthocon. Their passion and enthusiasm for Evil Jester Press was instantly infectious and I picked up their first book, 'Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-job Terror' (great read).

ATTIC TOYS stays on prompt (you guessed it...toys and/or attic is present in all of the tales) but I was pleasantly surprised at the range of the work. It starts off on a comedic horror note with Jeff Strand's, 'Inside the Boxes,' and Emily C. Skaftun's, 'Down in the Woods Today.' I loved both and there were some great lines from Strand that made my laugh. Then I was shocked by the intensity of, 'Poor Me And Ted,' by Kate Jonez.

'I Heard it Through the Grape Vine' by S.S. Michaels had me chuckling.  'Attic Dog' by David Raffin was a very unexpected gem.

'The Doll Tree' by Amelia Mangan (incredible imagery) and 'Googly' by Jeremy C. Shipp (totally bizarre) rounded out my personal favorites.

ATTIC TOYS is a great read - solid selection of stories with something for everyone - even some fantasy ('Living Doll by Piers Anthony and 'White Knight' by Eric Sundquist.)

4/5 Stars