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Fans of the fantastical and horrific, take note: Neil Gaiman’s latest collection is an absolute must have. Trigger Warning features twenty-four pieces from the author ranging from poetry and folklore to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.

A few of the pieces are new to the collection, including “Black Dog” a somewhat creepy tale featuring Shadow Moon of American Gods, but many of the tales – “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains…,” “A Lunar Labyrinth,” and  “A Calendar of Tales” – to name a few, have appeared elsewhere and are collected here together for the first time.

A few of my personal favorites are the abovementioned “Black Dog” and “A Calendar of Tales,” which stemmed from a project/partnership with Blackberry. “Nothing O’Clock,” featuring Matt Smith’s Doctor Who, the kind of terrifying “Click-Clack the Rattlebag,” and “Adventure Story” round out my top five.

Trigger Warning is a pretty amazing collection all told, one that’s sure to please longtime fans but will also serve as a great introduction to Gaiman’s phenomenal scope and talent.

2/15 Becky LeJeune

TRIGGER WARNING: SHORT FICTIONS AND DISTURBANCES by Neil Gaiman. William Morrow (February 3, 2015). ISBN: 978-0062330260. 352p.

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