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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Satan’s Pack offers a balanced mix of different genres of short fiction and verse by Andy Garner. The anthology starts off with Angela – who is interviewed by the higher-ups in a company in an unusual but clever way. It is short, enjoyable and funny but also thought-provoking; employers looking to hire the best possible staff should read this.
Fire Dancing – a person’s poetic thoughts of a fire dancing woman. The message is quite ambiguous to me; I’m not sure whether the woman is a real person or simply a metaphoric expression. Then there’s Washing Day, a strange, passionate verse about washing clothes, particularly socks. The pinnacle of this anthology for me is Satan’s Pack, which also serves as the anthology’s title. Father Martin is tasked by the Bishop of Gurk to perform an exorcism in a small and remote Austrian village of Reichenau, in order to get rid of the creatures that the locals call the Satan’s Pack. The case already claimed a priest among other disappearances. It is going to stretch Father Martin’s skills beyond any other case that he has dealt with, as he is also shocked by a death of another villager that happened a day before his arrival. Fortunately, he does find a way to defeat the creatures, but whether he succeeds or not is left to the imagination of the readers.
From monstrous to beautiful, from funny to solemn, from clear to vague; Garner gives a bit of everything for everyone with different taste of genre to enjoy.