"Stephen Mark Rainey is a master at grounding horror and terror in a
time and place. His stories are effective because he understands
character, as well as the motivations of both his people and his
monsters. And, in a field often tinged with cynicism, Rainey shows us
that monsters can also be fun. One of our best contemporary
—Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger
a uniformly good collection with a few stories that stand out a little
way, although the general quality is so high that you might not notice.
The treatment varies from understated to quite explicit...there’s not a
bad story in the collection. A must-read for horror fans."
"I wouldn't recommend you read Other
Gods before bedtime unless your significant other actually likes
being woken up by you telling them you just read a scary story and can't
sleep and did they hear that noise and why are they looking at you like
is a testament to Mark Rainey’s love of the genre. This is an author who
enjoys putting a scare into you, of painting dark and rich landscapes of
terror filled haunts, and creating complex and vibrant characters that
you can’t help but become attached to.
While some of the tales stand head and
shoulders above others, such as the delightfully wicked "Fugue Devil" or
the gloriously malefic "Lake of Shadows," there is not a single story
that does not captivate you....
Freeman, Occult Detective
When I read a Stephen Mark Rainey story or
novel, I am confident I will be entertained, impressed and left wanting
more. Sixteen stories spanning twenty years of terrorizing readers are
what await between the covers...and once again, my confidence in his
skills has been upheld. Other Gods is full of good, strong
stories to help unhinge you further. Pick it up and enjoy the ride.
—Ron Dickie, HorrorWorld
"I finished Other Gods feeling
as if I had been processed through the kaleidoscopic imagination of a
born storyteller. Other Gods is a superb example of what
this sort of long-term collection is good for: It plainly highlights the
author's long-running thematic obsessions and shows him circling back to
revisit and reshape the concepts, tropes, and emotions that inspire
—Matt Cardin, Dead Reckonings #4