Cavallaro's Cavalcade of Carnage
I love short stories. I prefer collections to anthologies though. As much as publishers claim their anthologies don't contain "filler," they ALWAYS do (and yes, I know there are some. But statistically? Zero).

This one is not an exception to the rule, but since I'm in a good mood, I'll list the half dozen stories from here that are worth your time.

"Roadkill" by Samantha Kolesnik. Probably the best in the anthology. Love her crisp, Ketchum-esque writing style.

"The Fear of Fallen Leaves" by James Newman. Absurd premise that Newman happens to pull off.

"Phantom Limb" by Kay Hanifen. I guess there is another writer to keep an eye on.

"Skin-Wrapped Gift" by Chad Lutzke. A Lutzke trademark: simple and effective.

"A Cat Named Sue" by Jennifer Soucy. She kinda cheated by having a cat in it, but a good story nevertheless.

"Count Backward from Ten" by Megan Arcuri. A fun, quirky little tale. Stay until the end.

There you go. 32 stories in all. Maybe this will save you some time.

Grade: C

Review by Jason Cavallaro
Twitter: @pinheadspawn

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