A collection of tales by different authors all of the same theme and genre surely is something that either appeals to fans of either of those two, a particular author included or those simply looking to find out a little more about the different franchises out there so they can pick and choose one to try for themselves.
I have to say that Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives is not the best choice when wanting to pick up a short story collection of this kind.
Originally I got it up because it includes a Nightside short by Simon R. Green, featuring the infamous John Taylor, as well as wanting to see what else is out there.
Whilst some stories were fun, and one was downright rather disturbing, most of it is a mixed bag and plain forgettable storytelling.
I feel like most authors, Mr Green included, didn’t bring their A-game to this book and most stories included are simply mediocre at best (or point blank badly written and boring). Well I hope that it was a matter of them not bringing their A-game, because if this is the best that most can do (I know Simon R. Green can do a LOT better, I’ve read those books and shorts, but I’m obviously not familiar with most writers included) it’s a sad state of affairs. In any case, neither stories included made me want into the other works of the author.
What is positive is that it’s a good mix of monsters and types of detectives (although the term should really be applied as broadly as humanly possible), ranging from human to superhuman, supernatural and demonic.
But sadly this fact isn’t enough to make this a compilation worth spending money on.
A list of characters and the authors and series behind them:
Danny Hendrickson from Laura Anne Gilman’s Cosa Nostradamus series.
Kate Connor from Julie Kenner’s Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series.
John Taylor from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series.
Jill Kismet from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series.
Jessi Hardin from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.
Quincey Morris from Justin Gustainis’ Morris/Chastain Investigations series.
Marla Mason from T. A. Pratt’s Marla Mason series.
Tony Foster from Tanya Huff’s Smoke and Shadows series.
Dawn Madison from Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon series.
Pete Caldecott from Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series.
Tony Giodone from C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp’s Tales of the Sazi series.
Jezebel from Jackie Kessler’s Hell on Earth series.
Piers Knight from C. J. Henderson’s Brooklyn Knight series.
Cassiel from Rachel Caine’s Outcast Season series.