“Game Creatures Play” is an anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. It is a themed collection in which the goal was to produce a short story featuring the element of a sport or game and it also needed to include a supernatural creature or being.
The result is a mixture of short fantastical stories written by some of today’s most prolific authors in horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
As with most anthologies, this one was a mixture of stories ranging from incredible to forgettable. That’s not to say the anthology isn’t entertaining. If you are fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books, there is a short story involving her character which opens the collection. As someone who read several books in the series and watching HBO’s “True Blood” it was nice to revisit the character I’d gotten tired of several years ago. It wasn’t the most memorable in the collection but it certainly wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination.
All the stories in the anthology are well-written and entertaining by my favorites are the following:
Joe R. Landsdale’s “Dead on the Bones”
Dana Cameron’s “The God’s Games”
Scott Sigler’s “The Case of the Haunted Safeway”
Brandon Sanderson’s “Dreamer”
Mercedes Lackey’s “False Knight on the Road”
Adam-Troy Castro’s “Hide and Shriek”
Toni L.P. Kelner’s “Bell, Book, and Candlepin”
As for the rest of the stories in this anthology, they simply fall into the “Ok” category. Outside of reading this anthology straight through once more, I wouldn’t revisit any of the ones not mentioned above.
At the bargain price of $1 though, this collection was worth the pick up for the above mentioned stories alone.