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A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert.... In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.

"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 that he's got nothing to lose. He couldn't be more wrong.

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A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert.... In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.

"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 that he's got nothing to lose. He couldn't be more wrong.

Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark and Ramsey Campbell. The anthology was edited by Brian Freeman and Richard Chizmar, both of Cemetery Dance fame (though this book isn't being released through CD's publishing arm, but rather through Hydra). More info here .

The "book jacket" (as it were) describes Dark Screams: Volume One as the first in "a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge." To that end, each tale blurs reality to some degree, and things aren't always quite what they seem.

I'll focus on the protagonist from King's tale, "Weeds." His name is Jordy Verill, and he's not a very bright individual, to put it nicely; a real country-bumpkin-lunkhead, to put it harshly. He touches some space goo from a meteor and unleashes an infestation of alien grass on his unsuspecting little country town.

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A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert.... In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.

"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 that he's got nothing to lose. He couldn't be more wrong.

Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark and Ramsey Campbell. The anthology was edited by Brian Freeman and Richard Chizmar, both of Cemetery Dance fame (though this book isn't being released through CD's publishing arm, but rather through Hydra). More info here .

The "book jacket" (as it were) describes Dark Screams: Volume One as the first in "a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge." To that end, each tale blurs reality to some degree, and things aren't always quite what they seem.

I'll focus on the protagonist from King's tale, "Weeds." His name is Jordy Verill, and he's not a very bright individual, to put it nicely; a real country-bumpkin-lunkhead, to put it harshly. He touches some space goo from a meteor and unleashes an infestation of alien grass on his unsuspecting little country town.

As there are only five stories here, I will go through each, starting with the book's opener, "Weeds" by Stephen King. If you've seen Creepshow , you already know this story. Titled "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" in that film, "Weeds" follows the character Jordy and his misadventures with a meteorite that lands on his property. While the adaptation in Creepshow is an enjoyable romp (with King himself portraying the likeable (if goofy) protagonist, the short story is even better. I've read this a few times over the years (it was first published in 1976), and it always makes me laugh.

Going from the physical brutality to a mental brutality, Bill Pronzini's "Magic Eyes" centers on Edward and the reason he's in an insane asylum. According to him, he is "not a murderer" and "NOT NOT NOT insane". Pronzini does a great job here dancing between the believable and unbelievable voice, and by the end of the story I wasn't sure if Edward was telling the truth or not. But I enjoyed his tale either way.

Simon Clark's "Murder in Chains" is a mean-spirited little piece that opens with a man attached to another man (who happens to be a goliath) by a ten-foot chain. Things quickly go from bad to worse, as he soon learns that this is a fight to the death. The action starts quick and continues throughout and its ending may have you laughing along with the author at its spiteful nature like I did.

Dark Screams: Volume Two - Kindle edition by Robert R.


Dark Screams: Volume One by Brian James Freeman

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