… the ways ghosts, werewolves, and other monsters keep themselves amused? Check out Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, to find out! The stories in this anthology feature psychics watching softball, a horrific game of hide and seek, ghosts who trash a supermarket playing baseball, an elf who races a bootlegger, and much more. They’re brought to you by some of the stars of fantasy and horror, including Joe R. Lansdale, Mercedes Lackey, Brandon Sanderson and Seanan McGuire.
This book includes a wonderful variety of stories, with tones ranging from light fantasy to dark humor to outright horror. Some of the “creatures” are protagonists or help the hero of their story, while others are definitely the bad guys (and girls). The writing styles are nicely varied, with something for pretty much every taste. The games may be the focus of the story or simply a background element, but all are worked in well and make a good theme for the collection. Give this book a try if you like fantasy and horror short stories — you’ll definitely find something you enjoy.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)