The sobering introduction to A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters reminds us that not all monsters are fictional and it requires a special kind of person who is willing to take a stand in order to defeat evil. Editors Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes have gathered a baker’s dozen of stories that remind the reader that it helps to have the right kind of weapon for fighting as well as nerves of steel and gritty determination. The stories run the gamut from a paranormal twist on the Old West in Jane Lindskold’s The Drifter to the hazards of vermin infestation in outer space (Nina Kiriki’s Invasive Species). Nancy Holder depicts an eerie late 1920’s Los Angeles orphanage in Our Lady of the Vampires while Anton Strout reminds us that most of the modern holidays have their origins in much more pagan celebrations such as Lupercalia as a precursor for St. Valentine’s Day. Mickey Zucker Reichert gives a chilling explanation for a child’s devastating genetic condition in Broch de Shlang while Alexander Potter weaves a fascinating story around Uncannies and the difficulties of having a peaceful coexistence when the Society for the Preservation of Human Rights is headed by a troublemaker in The Wooly Mountains. A young girl goes to great lengths to protect her lover from the girl's evil stepfather in Best Friends by Lilith Saintcrow while a babysitter keeps her charge safe from harm in Elizabeth and Anna’s Big Adventure by Jeanne C. Stein. Several other competent heroines are showcased, not least of which is Tanya Huff’s Vicki Nelson, armed with both her vampire powers and Mike Celluci’s Glock who finds evil to struggle against No Matter Where You go.
An impressive complement of monsters in all shapes and sizes are soundly defeated by females who are willing to use any weapon to protect their loved ones, whether they be human or Other, A diverse collection of paranormal stories sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. It is always entertaining to read one of Huff's tales and reading about Vicki and Mike is like visiting old friends.
Edited by Matin H. Greenberg & Kerri Hughes
Brilliant, original sci-fi and fantasy stories featuring brave and bold heroines
Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing men in the process.