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Those Who Fight Monsters- Tales of Occult Detectives

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives {2011)

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives (2011) — Anthology 

Genre and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy 

Theme Edit

Tales of Occult Detectives

Editor and AuthorsEdit

Editor: Justin Gustainis

Contributors: T.A. Pratt (UF), Laura Anne Gilman, Julie Kenner (PNR, UF), Simon R. Green (UF), Lilith Saintcrow (UF), Carrie Vaughn (UF), Justin Gustainis (UF, Para-Myst-Crime, Fant, Hor), Tanya Huff (UF), Chris Marie Green (UF), Caitlin Kittredge (UF), C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp (aka Cat Adams) (UF), Jackie Kessler (UF, PNR, Dark-Fant), C.J. Henderson (UF, Hor, Myst, Occult-Myst), Rachel Caine (UF)

DescriptionEdit

Your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasy’s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction!

Supernatural ElementsEdit

Sorcerer, gnomes, vampire, devil, Werewolves, shifters, succubus, Djinn, avatar, half-faun, fae, demon-hunter, demon, wizards, magic users, time-travel, creature, ghosts,

List of Stories Edit

Story Title Series and Order Number Author Detectives
"Little Better Than A Beast" Marla Mason series #5.6 T.A. Pratt Marla Mason
"Dusted" Paranormal Scene Investigations aka Cosa Nostradamus Laura Anne Gilman Danny Hendrickson
"The Demon You Know" Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series Julie Kenner Kate Connor, Allie
"The Spirit Of The Thing" Nightside series Simon R. Green John Taylor
"Holding The Line" Jill Kismet series Lilith Saintcrow Jill Kismet
"Defining Shadows" Kitty Norville series Carrie Vaughn Jessie Hardin; Cormac,
"Deal Breaker" Quincey Morris series Justin Gustainis Quincey Morris
"See Me" Tony Foster series (Bllood Ties-Vicki Nelson series) Tanya Huff Tony Foster
"Soul Stains" Vampire Babylon series #6.1 Chris Marie Green Dawn Madison; Kiko
"Under The Hill And Far Away" Black London series Caitlin Kittredge Petunia "Pete" Caldecott
"An Ace In The Hole" Sazi series C.T. Adams (Cat Adams) & Cathy Clamp Tony Giodone; Carmine, Lucas
"Hell Bound" Hell on Earth series #0.9 Jackie Kessler Jezabel
"Impossible Love " Piers Knight series C.J. Henderson Piers Knight; Albert
"Running Wild" Outcast Season series Rachel Caine Cassiel

To expand the table—in the Editor—right-press or (Control-press on a Mac)—choose add row.

Synopsis by StoryEdit

"Little Better Than A Beast" by T.A. Pratt — Marla Mason series #5.6 (GR page)

A bit lengthy. Sorcerer cheats with time travel that ultimately backfires on him. It doesn't pay to be disrespectful, heh.


"Dusted" by Laura Anne Gilman — Paranormal Scene Investigations aka Cosa Nostradamus World

Half-human PI delves underground to rescue a teen girl from gnomes who have beguiled her. Worthwhile read of a world populated with various magical creatures living among humans (some with Talents of their own).


"The Demon You Know" by Julie Kenner — Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series

Told from both the soccer mom & her teenage daughter's POV. What you can't see under the disarming facade may kill you. Also, don't drink the spiked punch.


"The Spirit Of The Thing" by Simon R. Green — Nightside series

I enjoy the Nightside/John Taylor half-human PI shorts. I like that character, the writing style, the dark setting that's not too dark... I like this author.


"Holding The Line" by Lilith Saintcrow — Jill Kismet series

It easily stood on its own but seemed like a short snippet from a full-length novel. Quick but mediocre read.


"Defining Shadows" by Carrie Vaughn — Kitty Norville series

Intriguing variation of the vampire mythology involving pregnant women & 'halved' bodies. I like this author.


"Deal Breaker" by Justin GustainisQuincey Morris series

Was it a deal with the devil or just a long con? Sometimes it makes a difference what (and who) you believe. 


"See Me" by Tanya Huff —  Tony Foster series

She comes across as a hooker but she's something supernaturally more. A 2AD of a vampire/detective TV show becomes a detective himself in attempts to protect his boyfriend from the mysterious aforementioned woman. 


"Soul Stains" by Chris Marie Green — Vampire Babylon series

Is the reportedly dead actress/singer a ghost or did she fake her decapitation? Interesting concept of re-humanized vampires with soul stains.


"Under The Hill And Far Away" by Caitlin Kittredge — Black London series

Who killed the Prince? Petunia "Pete" Caldecott efficiently solves the mystery by seeing through the lies & paying close attention to the evidence.


"An Ace In The Hole" by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp — Sazi series

Werewolves of the law enforcement branch of the shapeshifting community go in search of a missing box full of unique 'treasures'.


"Hell Bound" by Jackie Kessler — Hell on Earth series #0.9

An overtly graphic telling of a succubus attempting to overtake a dark arts magician that she doesn't believe is as powerful as she's been warned. Looks can be deceiving and you know what they say about assumption.


"Impossible Love" by C.J. Henderson — Piers Knight series

Does his daughter have Down Syndrome or is she possessed? 


"Running Wild" by Rachel Caine — Outcast Season series

Cassiel (a Djinn/genie) trapped in human form (for some punishment) battles Bacchae and a supernaturally evil avatar. 

Sources

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: Robert Nixon (ISFdb

Publishing InformationEdit

Cover Blurb Edit

Got Vampires? Ghosts? Monsters? We Can help!

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives , is your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasy’s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction!

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives brings together popular characters from many Urban Fantasy paranormal investigative series, for your enjoyment. ~ Goodreads | Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis

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