DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS
Editors Martin and Dozois pull together an anthology of urban fantasy short stores featuring cases of death and magic from 16 top-notch authors. Martin starts things off by providing an introduction, which explains how urban fantasy is the bastard stepchild of horror and detective fiction.
A sampling of the offerings include Charlaine Harris providing “Death by Dahlia,” a new tale featuring vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers as she attempts to solve the murder of a human during a lavish party. In “Hungry Heart,” Simon R. Green’s hero, P.I. John Taylor, attempts to retrieve a witch’s literal stolen heart. Carrie Vaughn features vampire Rick in “It’s Still the Same Old Story,” as he attempts to solve the murder of a longtime human friend. Diana Gabaldon delivers “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” which sends Lord John Grey to the mysterious and eerie island of Jamaica where he finds murder, spiders, snakes and zombies. Also included is Patricia Briggs’ “In Red, With Pearls,” as werewolf P.I. Warren Smith is icily determined to uncover who sent the zombie in a red dress to try and kill his lover Kyle. (ACE, Oct., 496 pp., $26.95)