"New Dark Voices 2", edited by Brian Keene, with stories by Ronald Damien Malfi, Nick Mamatas, and Brett McBean
Review by Andrea Speed
Horror anthologies can be tricky, beginning with the word "horror" itself. There are different types, from splatterpunk to urban gothic to the literary equivalent of torture porn, and not every style appeals to everyone. Some people may even argue whether a story belongs in the genre at all.
"The Ride Of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family" by Mike Leonard
Review by Alan Nelson
Are we having fun yet? Most people avoid vacations that involve both their grown children and their elderly parents. Perhaps NBC journalist Mike Leonard doesn’t have that common sense. He went on a cross-country trip with two RVs with his folks and most of his kids and tried to recapture that particular family misery.