‘Beasts’ is a collection of 16 weird tales by Detzner. Some are previously published but the majority are new to this book. A mix of horror and dark fantasy, some with humor. A goddess choose to live as a mortal for a while. A woman is reborn every year. One of those creepy animatronic animal bands in a pizza joint is put back into service. A stage magician proves to be more than he appears to be. A giant computer that achieves sentience makes a very odd choice. A billionaire who is an animate skeleton throws a party. A woman makes a friend-or pet- out of a tentacled creature from the ocean. One story- “Shadow” reminded me of Ray Bradbury’s work. Some made me think of things I read decades ago, in Hitchcock magazines.
I enjoyed most of the stories; I think some could use more polish. Detzner is starting his full time writing career, and I think he has great promise.
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