REINCARNAL & Other Tales
By Max Allan Collins
Wolf Pack Publishing
This book collects eleven
horror tales by Collins, several in radio script form, that were written over
the years for different anthologies. Note, the Table of Contents only list ten.
But hey, quality control ain’t what it used to be. Finding that eleventh was a
nice little surprise. Now the tales assembled in this one book and they run the
gambit from twisted horror to genuine black comedy.
“Reincarnal” – Via
dreams, a young woman relives her past life in which she met her death at the
hands of demented slasher. Well set it up with a wonderful climax.
“The Night of Their
Lives” – A police detective goes undercover as a hobo to catch a seductive
serial killer preying on the homeless in the city’s shanty town.
“A Good Head On His
Shoulders” – Lou Carboni was a self-made man who controlled an empire. His
undoing was allowing others to take care of the dead bodies he left in his
“Wolf” Jack Wolff
like nothing better than seducing nubile young women. They were meat to his
lustful diet until he encountered one with a different kind of appetite.
“Not A Creature Was
Stirring” – A veteran detective hunts a demented child killer on the week
“Open House” – A
reporter specializing in the supernatural agrees to spend a night in an old
farmhouse supposedly haunted by a madman who murdered his entire family.
“Traces of Red” – A
lonely female vampire longs for love and companionship from a young
“Rock ‘N’ Roll, Will
Never Die” – Peter Lee wants to stay young forever and a beautiful young
groupie may give him what he wants. But always for a price. This story has the
best pun-tag line we’ve ever read. Wickedly funny.
“Interstate 666” –
The longest story in this collection is our favorite centering on an urban
legend that won’t die and the trapped souls seeking revenge on an endless road
“House of Blood” – A
radio play about a quartet of ghost hunters who get more than they bargained
for. With al the appropriate sound effects.
“Mercy” – Another radio
play. This one about a beautiful high school girl who through tragedy, learns
her true holy mission in life is bringing people to the Lord. She does so with
In the end, “Reincarnal” is fun romp through the delightfully twisted imagination of Mr. Collins. It’s a ride we won’t soon forget.