FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND is an “interesting take on the horror genre”

Amazon reader Charlotte Vale has written a nice review of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, a greed-themed anthology from Omnium Gatherum edited by L.S. Murphy and Kate Jonez:

Now available at Amazon.

Now available at Amazon.

One of my favorite novels is “McTeague” by Frank Norris. So, when I began reading FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, I had McTeague’s Trina and her pitfalls in mind. I was defining greed in terms of money alone. A few of the stories from the “Fortune” anthology did the same but added their own twists and turns. “Hungry” by Eric J. Guignard and “The Rules” by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi were more traditional in definitions but far from cookie-cutter or ordinary. Both were engaging and well-written. Both created atmosphere and built to interesting conclusions.

I moved on to other stories and found that this anthology had a few pleasant surprises which challenged me to look beyond the traditional definitions of greed. “A Friend in Paga” by Brent Michael Kelley made a commodity out of something most animals, including humans, take for granted. And the effect was chilling.

“The Plagiartist’s Wireless” by Christian A. Larsen was another favorite. I attempted several times to predict the outcome of this story without success. The story itself felt authentic and grounded in reality, which is probably what threw me off the scent at every turn. I won’t divulge any spoilers but will say that I felt a kinship with the writer and his attitudes about the importance of art and its influences.

“Trabajando Alegre” by Wednesday Lee Friday was heartbreaking and left me with such a feeling of despair that I wanted to watch a Busby Berkeley movie upon completing it. In other words, it had such a profound effect on my mood that I was desperate for an escape into something campy and garish. Definitely an effective story.

My one criticism is that I didn’t care for the look of the book. If the theme and certain authors hadn’t intrigued me, I doubt I would have purchased it. Fortunately for me, I did not judge this book by its cover. I would have missed out on some fine writing if I had.

Click here to read the review on Amazon and buy a copy of the book in paperback or for your Kindle, because if you haven’t read FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND yet, here’s what you’re missing:

Omnium Gatherum is a small press dedicated to providing dark fantasy and transgressive fiction in print, ebook, and audio formats.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

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