Monday, May 11, 2015

Dark Screams: Volume Three by Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Jacquelyn Frank

Here's another creepy anthology for you.  My favorite mode of reading is short stories, so any anthology draws me in.  Horror anthologies are the most intriguing, though.

Hydra Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy then.

The following stories are included:

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub
A mere child yet a precocious writer, young Freddie records a series of terrifying encounters with an inhuman being that haunts his life . . . and seems to predict his death.

GROUP OF THIRTY by Jack Ketchum
When an award-winning horror writer on the downward slope of a long career receives an invitation to address the Essex County Science Fiction Group, he figures he's got nothing to lose. He couldn't be more wrong.

NANCY by Darynda Jones
Though she's adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted. But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists—and people—are seldom what they seem.

I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE PEARSON by Jacquelyn Frank
Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. She has no idea. Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him—even if he has to kill her to make her say it.

THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS STRETCH FAR AWAY by Brian Hodge
When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline. Whether it's tonic or toxic is another matter.


Only two of these authors were familiar to me; the others were all new reads.  All the stories are worthwhile and Ms. Frank's shocked me.  My favorite, though, was Nancy by Darynda Jones.  She added a ghost to her story but the new girl should be more worried about the living than the dead.

The stories are varied and interesting.  You never know exactly what you'll find in these collections and that's part of why I read them.  Every now and then I find a real treasure or find a new author I want to read more of.  Why not read it and see if that happens to you?

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