Five fags a day yAnd mythology Tears of the Dragon by Michael McBride moves back and forth in time between the horrors of a Japenese led prisoner of war camp in Manchukuo during WWII and the present day The story tells about the life of Dr Sam Himura as told by himself in a video to his funeral guests Tales the Ashes Tell was probably the best story in terms of prose in this collection An interesting meditation on the afterlife and how that intersects with the stories of our lives Set in the Chapel of the Chimes and told by the building itself it is a somewhat horrifying but ultimately rather charming meditation on living It goes into some weird places which sort of detracted from the story s theme but overall it workedThis anthology gets 275 instead of the usual 3 I give most anthologies that author mix really tends to average out because the writing wouldn t uite average out here and the interludes were not to my taste as mentioned above However competent it is and the settingtheme is marvelousBurn Borrow or Buy Borrow ifour pile of books has dwindled and ou just need to kill some timeYou can read this exact same
thing on my blog Read or Die Edited by Michael BaileyIllustrated by GAKIntroduction by Norman ParteidgeContents011 introduction Special Collections051 Those Who on my blog Read or Die Edited by Michael BaileyIllustrated by GAKIntroduction by Norman ParteidgeContents011 introduction Special Collections051 Those Who Never Be Named by Yvonne Navarro065 The Last Things To Go by Mary SanGiovanni Brian Keene077 A Raven In A Doves Nest by Roberta Lannes099 I m Not There by Kealan Patrick Burk At times haunting at times perverse this was an incredibly solid collection from some top notch talent Kudos to the editors for the intricate way in which the stories were intertwined Rather than a haphazard anthology of mismatched tales it elevated this to a status uniuely its own 45 stars Highly recommended The Library of the Dead is an anthology edited by Michael Bailey and containing one of the last stories written by the late JF Gonzalez There are fifteen stories by various authors including Brian Keene Kealan Patrick Burke Michael McBride Christopher Golden Tim Lebbon Gary Braunbeck and an afterword remembrance by Mary Sangiovanni with an introduction by Norman Partridge There is also some fantastically dark and elaborate artwork by Gak The Chapel of the Chimes or the Library of the Dead stands in Oakland California and is for all intents and purposes a mausoleum The many golden tome like cinerarium urns contain the entombed ashes of many different and fascinating people Thousands of golden books each with a story to tell and of course our authors tell only the scariest and most disturbing of tales from the darkness of night and the deepest most distressing of dreams We start off with the story of a killer looking for fame and a bystander with something to prove visions of heroism Those Who Shall Never Be Named by Yvonne Navarro starts the anthology on a resounding high note and finds our hero following the killer to Mountain View
Cemetery Both Prepared For A Fatal Confrontation Both prepared for a fatal confrontation unbeknownst to killer and hero their futures already decided when they stepped into the Library Other highlights include The Last Things To Go by Mary Sangiovanni Brian Keene a story about a woman in mourning but have desire and delusion clouded her memory and driven her crazy Kealan Patrick Burke also explores insanity in I m Not There the story of a man who can t see his own reflection and JF Gonzalez tells of a nightmarish stalker in I m Getting Closer Michael McBride tells a tale from the Chapel of "The Chimes Itself And An Old Man "Chimes itself and an old man funeral where deceit murder and a lie that started many ears ago are finally laid bare In Night Solilooy Sydney Leigh s story is of the love Freddy had for his wife Fern and the strange tragedy that laid her in the Chapel of a beautiful Artley Flute that he bought for her and the screams These stories come from hope they come from forgiveness from redemption and loss and there is a Chapel for them all What the Library of The Dead shows is the astounding power and emotion that can be created from a short story and why horror is it s perfect medium every story is perfect and I couldn t think of one that didn t touch me in some way Right up to the beautiful remembrance afterword for Jesus Gonzalez and I recommend The Library of The Dead not just just for it s beautiful stories but also for the wonderful illustrations Buy it ou won t be disappointedA 45 RatingAlso posted Labyrinth of nearly countless rooms The stories within The Library of the Dead represent a few of those golden books and when opened reveal the stories of those inside.
Michael Bailey È 8 READOu can jump to any story at any timeIf I could give this than 5 stars I would Highly recommended Well this was not uite what I expected I was thinking this would just be a simple collection of short stories that use Chapel of Chimes as a tie in Instead this collection takes ou on a "JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHAPEL THROUGH BOOKS AND URNS "through the Chapel through the books and urns fill its shelves and through the stories of its residents Our guide is known only as the Librarian a mysterious being of unknwon origin and power and species for that matter who leads The Piper in the Wind you through each room picking and choosing the best and worse of the tales stored in this Library of the Dead Each story stands very much alone each has its own characters own feel and own message But each still ties together showing every aspect of the humanity that finds itself passing time within Chimes This has such a superb feel of Gothic writing it is everything that people are from horrifying to loving murderous to mothering this has it all and You will truely not want to leave 27Keene and Bailey edited this collection of short stories which are united under the theme of a setting Oakland s Chapel of the Chimes a columbarium where the ashes of the deceased are interred in golden books shelved in bookcases behind glassWeird But a rather cool idea no The Chapel of the Chimes literally embodies the idea that our lives are a story and should be remembered as such And The Library of the Dead takes that idea and runs with it telling the life and death stories of fictional individuals connected by interludes where a GuardianLibrarian leads a narrator through the rooms of this library Taking down the books in series of three the anthology unfolds little by little to the narrator and the readerThe stories here are uite diverse which can actually be anticipated in that the only linking theme is that our characters are interred in this columbarium They run the gamut from two tales of the 1906 San Francisco earthuake to serial killers to a Lovecraft inspired tale to the ordinary lives of average folks in the recent past and a lot in between Almost all the tales have a supernatural element of one sort or another exempting some of the tales of murder This makes the anthology for me at least uite a mixed bag Unlike some other reviewers I was not impressed with all the stories and I found the uality of writing uite mixed There was nothing truly awfully written here but I didn t find much that was super high uality either The word that is coming to me as I type this is competent as in the writers are all competent but no one seemed particularly brilliant or likely to be winning the Nobel Prize anytime soon I know I know easy for me to say as a non writerWhat I found most tedious about the anthology was actually the story of the Guardian and the narrator that was supposed to tie this anthology together It was rather unsurprising and pretty cliche and read like a freshman s entry in her first creative writing courseNonetheless there were some stories of note in between the Guardian blather The Last Things to Go by Mary SanGiovanni and Brian Keene was an affecting tale of loss and grief and how one eventually moves on With some supernatural elements moving the whole thing along A Chimera s Tale by Chris Marrs gets a nod for a creative source idea A supernatural figure half demon and half angel who is looking for it s other half I m Getting Closer by J F Gonzalez was sort of trite a supernatural killer with the ability to mess with technology stalks aoung girl It had a definite When a Stranger Calls vibe which was fun even if the story was pretty predictable Reliving Through Better Chemistry by Weston Ochse was a creative tale of boys who live the lives and deaths of others by sniffing their ashes The story builds to reveal the ultimate effects of such interesting drug use Fault Lines by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon gets a mention not for the storytelling if the narrator talked one time about how she needed to get home to her dying daughter I was going to throw the Kindle across the room but for an interesting premise archeologists who discover Pandora s box Jaded Winds by Rena Mason moved right along a story about two Chinese business men one who is cooking up devious plots in San Francisco s Chinatown prior to the 1906 earthuake What I liked most about this story was the incorporation of Chinese folklore. Rium founded in 1909 in Oakland California and one of the area’s most beautiful historic buildings Thousands are entombed in golden books urns shelved from floor to ceiling in a glowing. Interesting in that it s based on a real mausoleum The Chapel of the Chimes in California and some of the stories reference it as do all of the interludes tying the stories together but none of them were great and the interludes were a bit silly Short stories aren t usually my thingThe short story however I wish I had chapters The ending was unexpected and made me feel like I was reading a Stephen King short story so thank ou It is uncommon for me to give five stars to a short story collection and I m pretty sure that this is the first multiple author anthology to get this rating from me The Chapel of the Chimes it is supposed is a repository of the stories of those dead who are chosen or permitted to house their ashes in it It is curated and protected by a Librarian and a Guardian and it is a place of redemption The stories vary from good to great The only story I did not care for was Caitlin Kiernan s and I always find her short fiction disappointing Most readers would like her much better than I do There is also one story that doesn t uite fit the theme but it was a good story taken away from the context of the book "as a whole The writing of the framing story is maybe a little too melodramatic but "a whole The writing of the framing story is maybe a little too melodramatic but can indulge that once in a while can t we THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD ranks high among the best Horror Anthologies that I ve read Every story kept me engaged and almost every one had surprises that were intriguing fun and logical within the environment created In most story collections there are often a fair percentage that aren t of very high uality and are immediately forgettable filler This often happens when the works of multiple writers are included I think there were two or three in this Anthology that weren t as strong as the best ones in the collection but even those were still very good and in another collection they would be listed as the shining stars Yes this was a most enjoyable read that never disappointed me Although the over arching genre is Horror there was also a dark and foreboding Beauty in many of them There is very little dwelling on descriptions of the nauseating Instead the fear inducing and the unpleasant are revealed to
have sides that reveal a redemption of sorts A fearsome unnaturalsides that reveal a redemption of sorts A fearsome unnatural like The Librarian glides from place to place gently selects books through sealed partitions and shows a respect for the loved and the unlovable There is even a Lovecraft inspired creature in one of the stories However instead of being completely repellant there is an elegance and poetry in its movements I expected the Horror the Beauty was a treat Oh es there are also wonderful illustrations and compelling photographs I mentioned books Set in a Mausoleum that is designed to look like a Library the cremains are stored in receptacles that are aligned in rows of enclosed shelves like books Each book contains the story of the ashes occupying it Each book has a title but not all of them have occupant names because the deeds of some of those contained within were too foul This is a Library version of Rod Serling s NIGHT GALLERY but with a intriguing premise The Librarian selects three volumes to illustrate each theme and multiple themes are presented as we explore the Library In fact the Librarian provides the framework for all of the stories in this Anthology I am tempted to relate some details about my favorites but I don t want to take away any of the surprises even inadvertently It is safe to say there isn t a poor one in the group What I will say is that I wanted access to of the books What other dark exciting and fascinating stories are still waiting For the connoisseur of fine chills I highly recommend this one There s a reason this anthology won a
Award and I ll it as an exercise for the reader to figure it out But I ll give Prey you a clue it has everything to do with excellence in writing There s simply not a bad story in hereTears of a Dragon by Michael McBride about Unit 731 unexpectedly made me cry I was not prepared for thatI m Not There by Kealan Patrick Burke about a man whose reflection disappears could leaveou wonderingI m Getting Closer by JF Gonzalez will leave ou wondering about cell phone hackersWeston Ochse Tim Lebbon Christopher Golden Gary Braunbeckthe names go on and onNow that the book is on on kindle there s no reason to wait any longer The Table of Contents is very good Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an AnthologyThe Library of the Dead is an anthology of literary fiction inspired by Chapel of the Chimes a crematory and columba.Stoker Award And I Ll