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I Can Taste The Blood by Josh Malerman, J. Daniel Stone, Joe Schwartz, Erik T. Johnson, John F.D. Taff

I Can Taste The Blood is an anthology that originated when John F.D. Taff saw I Can Taste The Blood scribbled on a bathroom wall. The only theme this anthology goes by is its five-word title. The result is a solid anthology that has some pretty good stories that span the horror genre.

Josh Malerman starts the book off with a story about a drifter who stumbles upon a nomadic family one night. The drifter tells them about a demon thief who follows him. The ending was great but predictable. One of my favorite stories out of the anthology.

J. Daniel Stone’s story is about two young gay men, addiction, and an underground art-house cinema. The scenes are unsettling. You can just feel the unease in this story.

Joe Schwartz’s story is about Sam, hired muscle. He takes care of problems with his fists. I like reading stories about characters who struggle with trials and tribulations, especially fixers.

I didn’t really care that much for Erik T. Johnson’s story. Maybe I should give this story a second look over. To be honest, I almost stopped reading this book altogether when I started reading this story. I just couldn’t get into it. I had to put the book down, but I eventually came back to it and finished reading it.

John F.D. Taff is a genius! This story was disturbing! I related to the small town characters. I kind of felt bad for the main character, but then the story takes an unexpected turn. This one really has teeth! Everyone should read it!

Like I said before, this anthology has some range. I enjoyed this book for the most part. I am glad that I finally finished this book because the last story was worth it. I really enjoyed Josh Malerman’s story too. Everyone has different tastes in stories, and this anthology has some that you should really enjoy.

I recommend this book to fans of horror!

4/5 stars!

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