Are you laid off, downsized, undersized?
Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606
How lucky do you feel?
So reads the business card from LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency that operates at the edge of the normal world. LIMBUS's employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company, if indeed it could be called a company in the ordinary sense of the word.
In this shared-world anthology, five heavy hitters from the dark worlds of horror, fantasy, and scifi pool their warped takes on the shadow organization that offers employment of the most unusual kind to those on the fringes of society.
One thing’s for sure – you’ll never think the same way again about the fine print on your next employment application!
This shared-world anthology about a mysterious metaphysical employment agency is uneven in execution but pleasingly consistent in tone. Benjamin Kane Ethridge's "The Slaughter Man" is an old-school science fiction power fantasy about a slaughterhouse worker. In Brett J. Talley's "The Sacrifice," an ex-soldier sees a Lovecraftian horror. Joseph Nassise's "One Job Too Many" is a competent time travel adventure about another ex-soldier. Anne C. Petty's "We Employ" is a story of aliens and shades of moral truths. Jonathan Maberry's "Strip Search," easily the best of the five though the least connected to Limbus, is an engaging paranormal noir that's funny and horrific in equal measure. Though missteps keep the anthology from being truly top-notch, the execution and intriguing theme leave the reader wanting more.