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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
In this day and age, it seems there is a shortage of science fiction and horror anthologies. Growing up there was a plethora of books to choose from; however, as an adult, it seems as though there aren't nearly enough. Enter Spider Season by Billy Hanson. Spider Season is a collection of seven short stories and three screenplays written by Hanson. The stories are all quite diverse. The reader's first stop starts with a bang that leads an insomniac to rest. Further along the way are some screenplays, one of which involves a robot detective who has just been reactivated after many long years. Eventually, readers will find themselves having a wild rock 'n roll night with the Kicks.
I read Light Sleeper after the sun had gone down and I was settling into bed. I decided it would be my sample chapter and I'd read the rest the next day. After I read it, man oh man, did I feel paranoid. Hanson has a knack for writing suspense that will string you along till the bloody end. Of course, this isn't all that Spider Season has to offer; it isn't just horror, it's prime storytelling. Music in the Gun Room was tragic and heartfelt; short stories rarely bring emotions out in me, but I suppose that says a lot about Hanson's writing. In such a short span of time, he was able to draw out this coming-of-age story that began promisingly and ended in a cold, but satisfying way. All in all, I took pleasure in reading Spider Season and I believe most anyone who picks it up will enjoy it as much as I have.