Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives (2011) — Anthology
Genre and Sub-GenresEdit
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)
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!
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|
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Synopsis by StoryEdit
A bit lengthy. Sorcerer cheats with time travel that ultimately backfires on him. It doesn't pay to be disrespectful, heh.
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.
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.
It easily stood on its own but seemed like a short snippet from a full-length novel. Quick but mediocre read.
Intriguing variation of the vampire mythology involving pregnant women & 'halved' bodies. I like this author.
Was it a deal with the devil or just a long con? Sometimes it makes a difference what (and who) you believe.
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.
Is the reportedly dead actress/singer a ghost or did she fake her decapitation? Interesting concept of re-humanized vampires with soul stains.
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'.
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.
Does his daughter have Down Syndrome or is she possessed?
Cassiel (a Djinn/genie) trapped in human form (for some punishment) battles Bacchae and a supernaturally evil avatar.
- Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives - Goodreads
- Patricia's Vampire Notes: Those Who Fight Monsters - Paranormal Book Review
Artist: Robert Nixon (ISFdb)
- Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Book Page; Goodreads | Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
- Book data: Paperback, 221 pages, Pub: April 18th 2011—ISBN: 1894063481
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
See Also Edit
- 2014 UF Release Schedule
- List of UF Anthologies — UF Anthologies
- List of PNR Anthologies and Collections— Single Author Collections and PNR Anthologies
- List of Vampires of Urban Fantasy
- List of Cover Artists
- Urban Fantasy Links
External Links Edit
- EDGE Online catalog - Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives edited by Justin Gustainis
- Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists - Goodreads
- ▶ Those Who Fight Monsters Promo1 - YouTube
- ▶ Those Who Fight Monsters Promo2 - YouTube
- ▶ Those Who Fight Monsters Promo3 - YouTube
Goodreads: Series & Story Pages:
- Marla Mason series by T.A. Pratt
- Little Better than a Beast (Marla Mason, #5.6) by T.A. Pratt
- Cosa Nostradamus: Paranormal Scene Investigations series & Retrievers series by Laura Anne Gilman
- Kate Connor - Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series by Julie Kenner
- Nightside series by Simon R. Green
- Jill Kismet series by Lilith Saintcrow
- Quincey Morris series by Justin Gustainis
- Tony Foster series by Tanya Huff
- Vampire Babylon series #6.1 by Chris Marie Green
- Black London series by P.N. Elrod
- A Tale of the Sazi series by C.T. Adams
- Hell on Earth series by Sonia Florens
- Piers Knight series by C.J. Henderson
- Outcast Season series by Rachel Caine
- Justin Gustainis
- C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, also writing as CAT Adams
- Jackie Kessler - Paranormal/Dark Fantasy Author
- Caitlin Kittredge on Twitter & Wikipedia (her website is gone)
- Tim Pratt
- Ragged Feathers – Lilith Saintcrow
- Carrie Vaughn's Virtual Playgound
- Rachel Caine - NYT and USA Bestselling Author
- Laura Anne Gilman » Writer. Editor. Tired Person.
- Simon R Green | Best-selling SciFi and Fantasy
- Live the Dream - Tanya Huff
- NYT bestselling author J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner & J.K. Beck)
Goodreads Author Pages:
- Justin Gustainis (Author of Hard Spell)
- C.T. Adams (Author of Hunter's Moon)
- Cathy Clamp ( of The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance)
- Jackie Kessler (Author of Hunger)
- Caitlin Kittredge (Author of The Iron Thorn)
- T.A. Pratt & Tim Pratt
- Lilith Saintcrow (Author of Working for the Devil)
- Carrie Vaughn (Author of Kitty and the Midnight Hour)
- Rachel Caine (Author of Glass Houses)
- Laura Anne Gilman (Author of Staying Dead)
- C.J. Henderson (Author of Brooklyn Knight)
- Simon R. Green (Author of Something from the Nightside)
- Tanya Huff (Author of Blood Price)
- Julie Kenner (Author of Carpe Demon)
- Chris Marie Green (Author of Night Rising)