The Outcast Hours edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

A quick review

“When the sun goes down, our imagination runs free. In the dark, we let go of our inhibitions and free our inner selves, be they monstrous or magical. The night is when even the best of us can live our worst lives… And the worst of us our best.”

The Outcast HoursThe Outcast Hours brings together a large variety of contributors, most I haven’t heard of before. As a result we get an incredibly diverse range of tales. We have a couple based in America, but most of them are set in the Middle East or Europe.
Each tale encapsulates an aspect of the Night. Depending on the writer it could be a horror story, a tale of things that go bump in the night, a tale of redemption, even a tale of facing the ugly side of ourselves.

There are a lot of what I consider, strong stories in here. They grab your attention and pull you along for the ride. The good stories where so good, that I didn’t mind wading my way through a couple of not so good ones. There was only one story in there that I would give a 1 star.

One story that jumped out at me was It Was A Different Time by Will Hill, a scathing look at Hollywoods history and the way the old school men who are now having to answer for their actions, might see the #MeToo movement. The arrogance of John Barker reminds me so much of my Grandad. (I should add my Grandad isn’t that type of creep, just an asshole.) This story was written really well. It is relevent and invoked a rage in me. Damn I wanted to punch John Barker in the face.

Ambulance Service by Sami Shah was fucking brilliant. It was like a super cool version of Ghostbusters. The magic, the characters, I loved it all. This story more than any other has stuck with me until the end.

Outcast Hours has something for everyone. It includes stories by Frances Hardinge, Daniel Polansky (It was everything I was hoping for), Yukimi Ogawa, Lavie Tidhar and many more.
If you like anthologies, dark reads and trying new authors than this is definitely worth a look.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Get your own copy – Amazon
Title – The Outcast Hours
Released – 19th February 2019
Publisher – Solaris

One thought on “The Outcast Hours edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin”

  1. I recall looking at this but deciding not to as short story collections don’t usually work too well for me. Glad you enjoyed it – it seems to have been a good collection even with that one 1star story.
    Lynn 😀

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