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2012: Final Prayer
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/01/2010 10:50:11

from www.secretidentitypodcast.com: I really enjoyed Robert Heske's last anthology “Bone Chiller,” and his latest collection tackles a subject I find very interesting: the predicted end of the world. “2012: Final Prayer” is an anthology that offers a variety of perspectives on 12-21-12, the day the Mayan calendar ends and the apocalypse supposedly occurs.

Over a dozen stories by different writers and artists look at different aspects of the end of the world. Chris McJunkin's “Final Choices” explores the idea that when the world comes to an end, everyone will experience it differently. Jim Alexander and Andrew Dodd's “Manchester” follows a man whose last day on earth turns out to be his happiest. Dino Caruso's “Hollow Victory” sees scientists send a man into the future to see if the apocalypse really occurs. He finds that it has, and ironically his beloved Chicago Cubs won the world series right before the world ended.

My favorite of the bunch though is Arno Hurter and David Edwards' “Bird's Eye View.” The story follows Capitan Gregory Burke, a US astronaut that happens to be in orbit aboard a space shuttle when 12-21-12 hits. Not only does he watch the end of the world from afar, he finds out that the planet was merely a vessel, an incubator for something that is finally ready to hatch. He records his final moments as a record of the last day of humanity.

With “2012: Final Prayer,” Robert Heske has again pulled together an interesting collection of stories from a variety of creative teams. The anthology is well worth checking out if you have an interest in the end times.



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Bone Chiller (Trade Paperback)
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/16/2009 05:48:56

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Robert Heske’s “Bone Chiller” is a collection of 10 modern tales of horror that offers a little something for everyone. Heske wrote all ten of the short stories himself, and teamed up with a variety of artists on the collection.

The first story is entitled “Her First Day Alone,” and it takes a frightening look into post-partum depression. The mother in the story descends into madness as she thinks about her child having to leave her and go to daycare. Things get pretty ugly from there, and the fact that extreme incidents have occurred in the real world around post-partum depression add another level of creepy to this tale. Monty Borror does a nice job on the art chores, particularly in the haunted look that he creates for the mother, which gets worse and worse as the story wears on.

The rest of the collection features shorter stories, and my two favorites of the bunch are “False Pretenses” and “Dead Dog.” “False Pretenses” features a cautionary tale about internet dating with a twist. “Dead Dog” is the story of a burgeoning serial killer with a god complex that gets him into trouble. Both of the stories are illustrated by a guy named “Zue,” and his stuff jumps of the page. His style is gorgeous and he does a great job with facial expressions and giving characters emotion. I will definitely be looking for more stuff from him.

As a horror fan, I enjoyed all of the stories in Heske’s collection, and fans of “Creepy” or “Tales from the Crypt” should find a lot to like here as well.



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