Today on Recommend It Monday, I read Mistresses of the Macabre, edited by Lori Michelle. This all-female collection offered a wide range of stories, from a hand that won’t obey to a battered housewife who is saved by a giant spider.
First, the introduction by Angel Leigh McCoy was fabulous. If I had to say what the strongest portion of the collection was, it was hands-down the intro. It was smart and full of sobering statistics. My favorite story out of the 18 was “Playdate.” It was very short, and that made me sad, but I loved the premise of it, and I think it was really well done. The stories, for the most part were more unsettling than anything. “Out with the Old” read a lot like the movie, The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson, only for one person instead of a couple. Had I not seen the movie, I probably would have loved that story as well. It’s a relatively fast read. The stories range from very short to moderate length.
I love the concept of an all-female collection like this. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give the overall collection a 3. There were some great spots in it, but there were other spots that really didn’t do it for me. Maybe you’ll disagree. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts on it.