REVIEW - The Deadlands and Other Stories by Bill Blume

Title: The Deadlands and Other Stories
Author: Bill Blume
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: 11th August 2015
Source: ARC NetGalley

Grab your passport for a journey to the Deadlands and its collection of world-changing stories.

Meet a young man with the power to destroy the world. Then walk among the living darkness of Purgatory Alley with a boy who was born without a shadow. Sneak into a cemetery with a twelve-year-old girl who gets paid to raise the dead. Chase terrorists in a steampunk future. Join a young hunter as he searches for a pair of vampires. Discover the lost secrets of Camelot beneath the waters of Loch Ness. And join a pair of dragons who police all manner of mythical creatures in London.

Drawing on Bill Blume's inexhaustible wit and polished worldbuilding skill, these twelve tales of the fantastic will take you to the edge of imagination.

I have had a problem in the past with books that have a collection of stories in them, mainly due to the fact that often one story is immense then the rest of the stories in the book are just a little but meh, thankfully that is not the case with this book.

Bill Blume writes about, amongst other things, dragon cops, vampires and their young hunter, a man with the power to destroy everything around him, a boy without a shadow -  to be honest all of these things could take up a book in themselves.

There is probably something for everyone in here and with twelve stories hopefully it will cover all tastes. My favourite has to be the very first tale which is called Dracarge and features the delightful dragon coppers Kensington and Windsor as the investigate a murder at Heathrow Airport which did you know is a very mystical place to dragons?

The other tales are as follows-

Zombie Walk
The Imsomniac
Waist Deep
I am Sam
Gidion's Assassin
The Lady in the Loch
Borrowed Shadows
The Deadlands
The Light Well
The Big Sneeze

My only complaint, well I think these are all begging to made in to longer stories, Gidion (the vampire hunter) does have a series of books, one of which I will be reviewing soon but it would be nice if the others especially those dragons where let loose in their own books.

Thank you to Diversion books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


  1. This sounds like a fun collection! I'm glad you liked almost all the stories too - that can be rare at times. I find I want a lot of short stories to be fuller novels as well. :)



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