Beyond the Pale Book Review

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Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

I love short story anthologies, and this was definitely a keeper. There’s something in here for everyone, as long as you love paranormal/fantasy stories.

The biggest reason I wanted to read this one was that there was a story written by Jim Butcher, Author of the popular Harry Dresden Files. He’s amazing, and his contribution was no let down, fun and full of action. I also really loved some of the ghost stories in the collection, a few of them were spooky and some where a little bit fun, and it was just really exciting. There were some stories that I didn’t quite get, like one about a girl who suddenly gets this “power”, and it feels like it was actually a novel that the author just took a bunch of information out. It’s really confusing and feels incomplete. But I read it anyways, because the concept was intriguing, if not the storytelling.

Another thing I loved, is that at the end of the book is a little info about each of the authors, so when I got done reading my favorite stories, I could see what other things they’ve written so I can read even more! More books are always better, in my opinion. I love short stories for bedtime, since it’s easy to stop, but I had a hard time putting this one down at night. Not to mention, it was sort of scary and the thought of turning the lights out was a little intimidating. I cannot say enough good stuff about this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read recently, and I read a lot of books, so you know it’s good!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)

Book Ratings Guide

About the Book:
Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories.

Beyond the Pale contains eleven short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon).

The noun “pale” refers to a stake (as in impaling vampires) or pointed piece of wood (as in a paling fence). “Pale” came to refer to an area enclosed by a paling fence. Later, it acquired the figurative meaning of an enclosed and therefore safe domain. Conversely, “beyond the pale” means foreign, strange, or threatening. You are about to go Beyond the Pale.

  • Title: Beyond the Pale
  • Author: Various; Henry L Herz, Editor
  • eBook: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Tree Publishing

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  1. Debbie Welchert says

    I love spooky stories and this book sounds like it right up my alley. I will have to check it out some more….

  2. This sounds like a really good anthology. I also enjoy the Harry Dresden series.

  3. I, too, enjoy anthologies. It is an easy way to find authors that you would like to pursue and peruse! I have just started reading the Dresden Files, as they are a favourite of my son’s and he has been after me for a few years to read them. I am enjoying them and will be starting the 4th book soon.

  4. Erika Messer says

    I had not heard of this title before so thank you! I am going to amazon and pick it up because I LOVE anthologies and especially ones that are paranormal and mysterious :) Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Holly Thomas says

    Thank you for the review, I had stopped reading books awhile back and this sounds perfect for me to start up again!

  6. Paranormal is definitely my favourite genre. Short stories are not my best interest but I can overlook that if the stories are interesting, as you indicate these are. As already mentioned, this is also a good way to find new authors.

  7. I dont usually read horror stories butthis sounds interesting and based on your review I’m going to pick it up. Thanks for your review.
    Carol L

  8. I am going to check this book, I hope I can get it for Kindle. I love paranormal anthologies and I am more likely to get a book that has gotten a good review from a reviewer that has similar book tastes to me.

  9. Vanessa Plummer says

    Wow! Great information and post! I will definitely be checking this out and possibly even making a purchase as it is getting closer to the holidays I may buy two! Love the paranormal and short stories as well thanks again for the post it was very informative!

  10. I have not read a horror story in a while, but I like the suspense and the scariness that is involved and this looks like a good book to put on my list and have fun reading,

  11. I like fantasy not usually paranormal, but I might give this one a read.

  12. Where is the mitten state? This book sounds like there is enough going on to hold my interest. I’m just always happy to read a real book.

  13. What is beyond my skin? Just joking around, but really, what can be behind the face is what counts, if you catch my drift.

  14. This book looks pretty decent, I do read paranormal now and again. It is alwayss nice to see someone say an author is worth reading and look for another book so they must be good I will have to check this one out.

  15. Ah, I love paranormal stories. Plus, since my time is limited, I like to read the shorter stories as well. Thanks for the tip on this book.

  16. looks like a very interesting read.

  17. Kelly Nicholson says

    i love books where the light switch get broke..years ago stephen king had my light on 24/7…I f i get a chance ill check it out..not a whole lot of time for reading these days..

  18. Great book review. I love those type short stories too.

  19. Jennifer Hiles says

    Sounds like a fun book. I love ghost, paranormal stories. I’ve never heard of Jim Butcher. I’ll have to go check out his Amazon page. I love discovering new authors!

  20. A 5 star rating is impressive! I don’t recognize any of the authors and I’m not too keen on short stories so I probably would not add this to my reading book list.

  21. I like this kind of stuff. Not as much as I did when I was younger. Sometimes it seems a bit spooky.

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