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This is a short review of a short book, and it is our hope
that we pack as much concise punch here as author Andrea Janes does in her
little collection of short fiction, BOROUGHS OF THE DEAD.
Self-published and small-press zombie novels are a dime a
dozen, and Jane’s work threatens to slip into the ether, lost in the putrid
shuffle of so many equally skunky works. But that would be a sad fate for this
tome, because Janes can write—and this package is not a zombie book. Sure, it
has the odd ghoul, but also a few choice ghosts and other dead things.
BOROUGHS contains 10 tales of Gothic, Penny Dreadful-esque
dread and classic terror, some set in contemporary times, some in the haunted
past, all taking place in different neighborhoods in New York City. Like the
best of the pulps, the narratives are creepy, darkly comical and elegantly
composed, with lovingly detailed descriptions of place and an ample whiff of
I know that Janes has written for many pulp magazines and
websites (many of these tales have previously been published), but I don’t know
anything else about her, nor do I even know who sent this thing to me. But I’m
glad they did. An e-mail address in the back of the book says that any comments
can be sent to
BOROUGHS and Janes
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