A great review posted on Amazon for The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror from Douglas Draa of Weird Tales magazine:
"Lurkers" has to be the finest collection of single author short stories that I've read in many a year.
This collection is 100% entertainment. There's not a week story in the book. These are simply great stories extremely well told.
single one of these stories oozes straight forward old school story
telling. And what sets them even higher above the competition than they
already are is the hard edge of urbanity with a strong touch of modern
sensibility. There's not one drop of ironic post modernism in the book.
Just pure grim horror. There's no happy endings in these stories. and
that's one of the books joys. Mr. Riley doesn't pull any punches or
weaken his tales with false sentimentality. Bad things happen to the
undeserving in David's universe.
If you love demons, monsters,
zombies, cursed locations, sorcerers returning from the dead, a sly nod
to HPL and Stephen king then this collection is for you. And it's no
wonder that the titular story made not only the years best list when it
came out, but was also chosen by John Pelan for Cemetery Dance's monster
"Centuries Best" collection.
The only reason I'm giving this 4
stars is that if I gave it 5 then you would just figure that I was full
of it if I gave it five stars.
It's a five star book though in all honesty.
Believe me though, (And I know what I'm talking about. I work for Weird
Tales Magazine) I'm a tough sell after reading horror for over 40 years
and this is one of the finest new collections that you can find today.
Do yourself a big favour and order it now.
I purchased my copy through Amazon.de