I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Ranging from irreverent humor to straight out horror, What the @#&% Is That? grew from a meme on Twitter when iconic comic book artist Mike Mignola painted a monster. Nobody knew what the F it was, but they loved it.
Renowned editors John Joseph Adams and Doug Cohen then asked some of the best writers in the fantasy, horror, and thriller genres including Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Christopher Golden, and Scott Sigler to create a monster story that included the line “WTF is that?”
This anthology is a feast for the imagination for anyone who loves monsters.
I read this book to fill the ‘Free’ square of my 2017 Halloween Book Bingo card.
Horror is not really my genre, although I use Halloween each year as an excuse to stretch my boundaries a little bit. Short stories aren’t my preferred format either, so I expect for horror aficionados who enjoy short fiction, this would be an excellent anthology.
As promised in the introduction, each story in this volume eventually has a character who asks, “WTF is that?” As usual with short fiction collections, some are better than others (and not always the ones that you would expect in either the good or bad categories). By and large, the pieces tended towards the playful rather than tremendously scary, which a casual horror reader such as myself can appreciate.