Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review: Dark Screams Anthology




Dark Screams
Volume Five
Anthology

Horror
Penguin/Random House
October 6, 2015

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Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread in Dark Screams: Volume Five, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the esteemed Cemetery Dance Publications.
 
EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED by Mick Garris
It was supposed to be the night of his life: a celebration of his one hit slasher flick. But the price of admission is higher than this has-been filmmaker ever could have imagined.
 
THE ONE AND ONLY by J. Kenner
When he was seven, Will Underwood’s nanny told him she had the Sight. Years later, a broken heart sends him to New Orleans . . . but it’s fate that leads him to Madame Darkling’s Voodoo Emporium.  
 
THE LAND OF SUNSHINE by Kealan Patrick Burke
Although she was mute long before the affair that nearly wrecked their marriage, her silence has tortured her husband ever since. Now he will seek out what he has lost—or be driven mad by remorse.
 
MECHANICAL GRATITUDE by Del James
Arnold loves his ’68 Camaro almost as much as he loves his wife, and he’s willing to do anything to protect them both—especially after hearing strange noises coming from his garage.
 
THE PLAYHOUSE by Bentley Little
A real-estate agent is drawn into a children’s playhouse behind an abandoned property she’s trying to sell—and finds herself strangely reluctant to leave.


Review: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Twisted and creepy-- a great description for this horror/paranormal anthology. A couple of the stories were quite unique. I can safely say that I've never read anything even remotely similar. I've been telling anyone who will listen about one story... and maybe I shouldn't because it was definitely weird and NSFW.

Some I liked more than others, but they were all bizarre with interesting little twists, along with eerie atmosphere. If you are a horror fan, especially one looking for something beyond the stale, overdone fare that crops up at Halloween every year, pick up this anthology.

Warning: Not for anyone under eighteen, nor the faint of heart. Graphic at times, sexually and violently.

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