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review 2015-08-22 23:54
Dark Screams – Short Story Horror Anthology
Dark Screams: Volume One - Brian James Freeman,Kelley Armstrong,Bill Pronzini,Simon Clark,Richard Chizmar,Stephen King

If you are into horror, a few Dark Screams are a necessity.

The cool cover was designed by TK.

 

Dark Screams: Volume One

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Dark Screams has a little something for everyone.

I believe you will recognize some of these names.

 

Weeds by Stephen King

Jordy Verrell was the first one to reach the meteor. It was better than fireworks. He doused it with water and it broke apart. Uh oh. He wasn’t the sharpest tack in the box. He had a bad feeling about what’ s inside and so did I. I love Stephen King’s writing. He comes up with come creepy and original ideas. I have most of his books and I am always eager to see what he comes up with next. I couldn’t really get creeped out. Weeds made me laugh as I pictured it – like  a B movie. 3 Stars

 

The Price You Pay by Kelly Armstrong

Ingrid and Kara were drunk. Ingrid took a cab home, but wanted to move her new car to the parking lot next door. When Ingrid gets in the car, Kara steps on the gas and heads home. Uh oh…I have a weird feeling. I think this will end very badly. When the past catches up to you, it can be deadly. The Price You Pay is full of terror, torture and betrayal. Enough twists and turns, I didn’t see the end. Loved it. 4 Stars

 

Magic Eyes by Bill Pronzini

Edward James Tolliver is in a mental asylum, accused of killing his wife. He calls his meds zombie cocktails. Edward continually professes his innocence. .He is certain the Doctor will read the diary he told him to write, so he protects what he thinks, not telling all. OK Is he or isn’t he guilty? Ts there more going on then meets the eye?  Where Bill Pronzini takes this is fantastic. I should have seen it coming, but I was so into the story I didn’t even realize it was the end until there were no words left. 4 Stars

 

Murder in Chains by Simon Clark.

Could you keep your cool if you woke up chained neck to neck to a brutal psycho? Sufficiently scary, but I am confused by the ending. Am I missing something? 2 Stars

 

The Watched by Ramsey Cambbell.

I have read some of his work and enjoyed it, so finding his name in the Dark Screams anthology was a nice surprise. Jimmy was involuntarily recruited by the cop to spy on his druggie neighbors. Are there ghosts? Be careful. Karma has a way of balancing the good and the bad. When cornered, how will Jimmy perform? Enjoyed the story. 3 Stars

 

I enjoyed the collection and would read more of the Dark Scream anthologies.

I received a copy of Dark Screams from Net Galley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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