[Book Review] Baen Books: The Monster Hunter Files

A dynamite collection of stories that helps flesh out an already intriguing world

Monster Hunter Files Feature

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large—and in some cases veryvery large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced Hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies’ initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world’s most elite monster fighting force.

Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War Two. Uncover how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. And find out exactly what takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes. From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.

Featuring seventeen all new tales based on Larry Correia’s bestselling series, from New York Timesbest-selling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more

The Monster Hunter Files

The Monster Hunter Files is the 7th book in the Monster Hunter International Series by Larry Correia, however this was not written by Mr. Correia. This novel is a collection of stories set in the MHI world by some of our favorite authors. 

The book consists of 17 new stories by some of our favorite authors:

  • Thistle by Larry Correia
  • Small Problems by Jim Butcher 
  • Darkness Under The Mountain by Mike Kuparii
  • A Knight Of the Enchanted Forest by Jessica Day George 
  • The Manticore Sanction by John C. Wright
  • The Dead Yard by Maurice Broaddus
  • The Bride by Brad Torgersen
  • She Bitch, Killer of Kits by Faith Hunter
  • Mr. Natural by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Sons Of The Father by Quincy J Allen
  • The Troll Factory by Alex Shvartsman
  • Keep Kaiju Weird by Kim May
  • The Gift by Steve Diamond 
  • The Case of the Ghastly Specter by John Ringo
  • Huffman Strikes Back by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost
  • Hunter Born by Sarah A. Hoyt
  • Hitler’s Dog by Jonathan Maberry

Unlike a lot of collections, all of the stories are strong and entertaining. This is a dynamite collection of stories that helps flesh out an already intriguing world.  A lot of anthologies simply carry though with a common theme and don’t truly connect with each other and carry a rhythm; not so with this collection. While each story is separate, they all fall within the MHI world and help flesh it out, and together they form a cohesive world.

My two favorites are “Hunter Born” by Sarah A. Hoyt, which is about 
Julie Shackleford’s junior prom,  and “Small Problems” by Jim Butcher, which shows that even the MHI janitorial staff has to deal with the unexpected at time.

Overall, this is a well-written collection of stories that is definitely worth your time.  This is an enjoyable read that does not require you to be familiar with the rest of the series; you can easily enjoy this collection on its own. In fact, it’s probably a good introduction to the whole MHI world.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars. This is definitely something I will read again, and also pass along to my friends to read.

PopCultHQ Rating - 5 Stars
PopCultHQ Rating – 5 Stars

Written by: 

Larry Correia
Jim Butcher
Mike Kupari
Jessica Day George
John C. Wright
Maurice Broaddus
Brad R. Torgersen
Faith Hunter
Jody Lynn Nye
Quincy J. Allen
Alex Shvartsman
Kim May
Steve Diamond
John Ringo
Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie C. Frost
Sarah A. Hoyt
Jonathan Maberry

Edited by Larry Correia & Bryan Thomas Schmidt 
Cover Art by Alan Pollack
Published by Baen Books

How we rate our Books

1 = We finished the book with effort

2 = Readable, but more fluff than substance

3 = Good

4 = Pretty Good and worth passing on to your friends

5 = We couldn’t put the book down