The Skeleton Melodies (2020)

Hippocampus Press, 2020


November, 2021: I realize this rings with preciousness, but attention from Ellen Datlow deserves a mention. From The Best Horror of The Year, Volume Thirteen: “The Skeleton Melodies by Clint Smith (Hippocampus Press) is an excellent second collection. While Smith sometimes uses pulp tropes, his writing is so good that the stories aren’t pulpy at all. A real achievement. Thirteen stories, two of them new. With an introduction by Adam Golaski.”

September, 2021: Mike O’Driscoll’s Review of The Skeleton Melodies at Ginger Nuts of Horror: “At his best, his stories show us ordinary people trying and, more often than not, failing, to make sense of a fucked-up world. No matter how grotesque or unreal the situations in which they find themselves, nor how egregious their mistakes, these are men and women we can empathise with.”

April, 2021: Lou Pendergrast’s review of The Skeleton Melodies at More2Read: Must Read Books: “Pitting characters of various walks of life against terrors and dilemmas, there be ballads, transitions, through a modern weird horror telling, ancient and modern aspects fused with a few stories like a Flannery O’Connor and John Cheever tragedy with a horror mutation. / These tales will bring you to certain places with haunting remnants remaining and with this author the weird modern metamorphosis continues on.”

October, 2020: Daisy Lyle’s review of The Skeleton Melodies at Ginger Nuts of Horror: “The overall impression left by The Skeleton Melodies is of an author who is definitely going places. Some of his prose could do with a bit of pruning, but it’s a polished collection covering a wide variety of fears ancient and modern, and I will be watching Smith’s development as a writer with interest.”

September, 2020:  “Smith has the literary armor, forged through experience and discipline, requisite to charge the seemingly impervious ramparts of grief, fear, and regret, and emerge on the other side victorious.” Joshua Rex, author of What’s Coming For You

September 04, 2020:  Sublime Horror‘s Review: The Skeleton Melodies by Clint Smith:  A Study In The Uncanny and An Experiment In Half-forgotten Memories” by Brontë Crawford

Post dateAugust 19, 2020:  Brief Review of The Skeleton Melodies by Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass

August 10, 2020:  A Review of The Skeleton Melodies by The Plutonian