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Raus! Untoten! ***** AGAIN!


Five Stars! AGAIN!

Five Stars! AGAIN!

If one, 5-star review wasn’t enough to get the Raus! Untoten! team feeling more than a little chuffed, we’ve had our second! Not only that, it’s our second review, so we’re 100% 5-star so far. Let’s hope that they keep coming like this!

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and thrilling, a blend of the supernatural and WWII 5 Nov 2013
By LordBarkerton
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
In the editor’s foreword, Matthew Sylvester suggests making yourself comfortable with a glass of your favourite tipple, ready to be immersed in worlds of horror. I would have loved to have read this anthology sat in an old leather chair next to a roaring fireplace, with a warming glass of brandy in hand. But, as fate would have it, I had to make-do with a mug of lemsip whilst lying in bed.

A great strength of this collection of stories would be the great sense of immersion I felt whilst reading these diverse and chilling tales. I rarely finish a book in one sitting, but this was brilliant and so accessible. It made suffering with the debilitating condition of the common cold all the more bearable, and at no point did I want to put it down.

Particular highlights are difficult to list, as all the stories had their own unique flavour; from the rip-roaring action of Matthew Sylvester’s “Bluttrinker”, to the subtle and deliberate “Links Oder Rechts” by Graham McNeill. A personal favourite was “ZA 43” by John Hobkinson, in his debut publication, which stands out in its own unique style – reminiscent of an entry from World War Z.

If you’re a fan of supernatural horror and World War II themes then you should definitely pick up a copy of this book, the diverse styles on show form a distinctly horrific whole. More please.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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