Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dark Screams: Volume One Edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

Ready for some chills?  Here is anthology of short stories by masters of the horror craft.  There's even one by Stephen King.

Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

King does his usual job of making me wish I really hadn't read that.  He can take an odd concept that couldn't possibly be true and still make you shudder.  

Here's a list of the stories:

THE WEEDS by Stephen King

When a meteorite lands on his property, Jordy Verrill envisions an easy payday. Unfortunately for Jordy, this is no ordinary rock—and the uncompromising force inside has found its first target.

THE PRICE YOU PAY by Kelley Armstrong

Never pay more than you owe. Sounds like easy advice to follow. But for Kara and her childhood friend Ingrid, some debts can never be repaid . . . especially those tendered in blood.

MAGIC EYES by Bill Pronzini

Edward James Tolliver has found a weary sort of asylum among the insane. He knows he’s not one of them—but how can he tell anyone about the invaders without sounding that way?

MURDER IN CHAINS by Simon Clark

Imagine awaking to find yourself in an underground vault, chained by the neck to a murderous lunatic, a grunting goliath who seems more animal than man. What would you do to save yourself?

THE WATCHED by Ramsey Campbell

Little Jimmy gets a glimpse of the cold truth when he finds out that it’s not always what you see that can get you into trouble; it’s who knows what you see.

All these stories are quirky and odd.  It's a very good sampling of what makes horror and how little it takes to make goosebumps appear.  

I dare you to read this book and tell me it didn't scare you and you didn't think about any the stories after you set it down.  If you do, I'm not sure I'll believe you... 

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