I also thought The Night Hider by Graham Masterton was a solid story as well - things got started from the opening, although the ending was a little weak for me. I was not a fan of the other 2 in this collection. The last story suffered from some formatting errors, although that is the reason for review copies after all right? I felt that overall Vol I was a much better collection with stronger stories. Any fan of short story collections, and quick captivating reads will surely enjoy this. Nov 23, Leah Polcar rated it liked it Shelves: read , horror-aficionados-reading-cha , horror-or-close-enough , anthologies.
That it is a undetected public pool monster is a definate plus. There was probably just too much going on here for a short story -- at least the way it was ultimately presented. Also felt that the plot could have been more devel 3. Also felt that the plot could have been more developed.
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I wouldn't call it horror -- even human horror. Sep 24, Joe Piccoli rated it liked it Shelves: ha-challenge Four great stories. One of the best Dark Screams. Apr 22, Mieneke rated it really liked it Shelves: , mainstream-fiction , horror. With Calder positioned to be the perfect unreliable narrator, torn apart by grief as he is, the story retains a flavour of uncertainty as to whether there truly is a monster in the water right up to the end. I liked the way McCammon developed the tension in the story and keep it going until the end.
Any plane crash is horrific, and though I was very confused by what actually happened to the flight at the centre of the story — did it actually crash? If so, why? Interval made for an interesting read and was quite self-contained. I really like the twist she put on the story and while discussing it more in depth will only lead to spoilers, I can say that this one might be my favourite of the bunch. Still, I really enjoyed the book until the last couple of scenes and the idea of the wardrobe was just very cool.
It was fun to catch all the references to real people and bands and seeing how Whatever would have fit right in there. Overall, Dark Screams: Volume Two is an interesting collection of horror stories and an entertaining read for those interested in the horror short form and those looking for new authors or trying out a new genre to read.
This book was provided for review by the publisher as part of a blog tour. Feb 11, Robert Walton rated it really liked it. This review is for the second book in the Dark Screams series published by Cemetery Dance. It centers on a father, Glenn, who has lost his son in a drowning accident at a local public pool. After researching other deaths, Glenn becomes convince This review is for the second book in the Dark Screams series published by Cemetery Dance. After researching other deaths, Glenn becomes convinced his son did not simply drown.
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This story is a great, rediscovered gem. When family members are finally invited into Courtesy Office 2-C, tensions build until a stunning revelation is made. I subscribe to Cemetery Dance magazine, and enjoy short horror fiction. This is one of the best stories I have read in years. I found its premise wholly original and even worthy of my favorite series — The Twilight Zone! After viewing a painting of a fox hunt that disturbs her, she is told by Mr.
This story is like your worst nightmare brought to life. The only place he could have hid is the large wardrobe which was a gift from her Aunt Selina, an antiques dealer. When her boyfriend Jerry arrives, they find the wardrobe empty and locked. When the nightmare? As they dig to uncover the history of the wardrobe, Masterton spins a tale unlike any I have ever read.
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To say more would do him and this story a disservice. Read it. To me, this piece is the low point of the collection, and I am a little surprised it came last. The story details the rise and fall of the rock band Whatever through a series of articles, notes, and letters.
You ask for honest of opinion, and here it is. As a collection, this is a strong addition to the Dark Screams series. Fans of these authors, or just dark fiction in general, will love it. Mar 10, Donald rated it really liked it. Volume two of Freeman and Chizmar's Dark Screams anthology is, when compared to its predecessor, a mixed bag. It is the story of a grieving father that refuses to accept that his son died of something so mundan Volume two of Freeman and Chizmar's Dark Screams anthology is, when compared to its predecessor, a mixed bag.
It is the story of a grieving father that refuses to accept that his son died of something so mundane as drowning, and the lengths he goes to in an effort to prove this. McCammon is second to none when it comes to capturing emotions on the written page; a sense of loss and desperation permeates every sentence of this story. Next up is "Interval" by Norman Prentiss.
Another story of loss and pain, this one details the agonizing time between an airline sequestering folks waiting for a flight to arrive and finally announcing that the plane they are waiting for has crashed and there are no survivors. The majority of this story works perfectly fine as a very grounded no pun intended horror, but right at the end Prentiss inserts something supernatural and, surprisingly, it works without ruining everything that came before. The third story, "If These Walls Could Talk" by Shawntelle Madison, is where things start to take a downward slope in terms of quality.
That's not to say this is a bad story, because it's not, but it's also not really on equal footing with the two earlier tales. Here, we follow a producer for a reality TV show as she and her team work to prepare an old house for filming. The house has a sordid history that's based more on rumors than facts, but it's perfect for their show. Horror ensues. The problem with this one is that it's largely predictable. I may not have guessed the exact details of the ending, but it was clear from the outset that something bad was going to happen.
That said, it is a competently-told story and I'll be keeping my eye on Madison. Graham Masterton's "The Night Hider" is the weakest story in this volume. It concerns a young woman that has recently received a rather elegant wardrobe from a family member. Unfortunately for her, this piece of furniture has a sordid history that goes back to C. Lewis and involves the inspiration for his most famous work. That is a hell of setup, but Masterton just plods along with it, writing almost as if he had a checklist and was just marking things off.
Much like the previous story, the problem isn't that this tale is badly written, it just doesn't do anything noteworthy with an interesting premise. The final story is Richard Christian Matheson's "Whatever," which chronicles the rise and fall of fictional '70s rock band Whatever. The story is presented as a collection of notes, articles, and interviews that have been collected in preparation of writing a history of the band. First and foremost, I want to say that this is an excellent piece of fiction. However, it is grossly out of place in a horror anthology because it's just not a horror story.
I suppose it can be argued that Matheson cracks the door the tiniest amount in the closing lines, but honestly I think it works better as an examination of just how hard the '70s rock scene was on the stars. This anthology was frustrating in that it combined two extremely good horror stories and combined them with two mediocre horror stories and one excellent non-horror story. I've given it four stars because, even with the so-so stories, the other three even Matheson's make this a book worth picking up.
Mar 03, Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it. This is the second book in this ebook only series that collects five short horror stories by popular authors. Two of the stories in this collection are previously published with the other three being printed for the first time. In the first book, I knew all the authors, this time I only know two of them.
However, my favourite story in the collection was by a new-to-me author, Shawntelle Madison. The Deep End by Robert McCammon - This collection starts with a previously published story b This is the second book in this ebook only series that collects five short horror stories by popular authors. Entertaining, I liked it, but the ending was a bit lacklustre. Interval by Norman Prentiss - Starting with a missing plane, which is such a current fear these days, the story progresses into a dark and morbid story of a visit by a demon to those who are going through grief.
A genuinely morbid story, well told. If These Walls Could Talk by Shawntelle Madison - I can't say much about this as the story slowly builds up in tension and reveals it's plot at the chilling end. However it deals with a creepy Gothic mansion and one of most people's darkest fears, certainly one of mine. Never heard of this author before. Great story! A bit creepy but more scary in a fun way, if you kwim. Here we have a haunted wardrobe and not just any wardrobe, but CS Lewis' original wardrobe that inspired the Narnia books!
Whatever by Richard Christian Matheson - The second previously published story in this collection and by far, the longest. This is not a horror story by any means, but it is on the dark side. I'm not sure I feel like it really even belongs in the collection. This story honestly brings the collection to a unsatisfying ending, but I did enjoy it a bit. Mar 11, William rated it really liked it. I received an advance reader copy arc of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
My excitement for this anthology series continues as I embark on the dark horror train that is Dark Screams: Volume Two. I was mostly as impressed with the content of this volume as I had been with the previous volume, with one glaring exception detailed below. There also seemed to be more of a theme tying the first four of these tales together … the idea of a dark and sinister force lurking just o I received an advance reader copy arc of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. There also seemed to be more of a theme tying the first four of these tales together … the idea of a dark and sinister force lurking just outside of our senses.
The lead-off story for this collection set a dark tone of horror. While this story was a reprint, I had never read it and it was an on-the-edge-of-your-seat horror story about a father's revenge against the swimming pool that took his son's life. Long and slow build-up to a great twist ending. Very reminiscent of the Final Destination movies.
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Very entertaining. Almost seemed to be a typical haunted house story. Then, it almost seemed like a reality Ghost Hunters story. The completely unexpected twist is very reminiscent of Poe and drew to a close an extremely readable and enjoyable tale. Possibly the second best story in the collection with an unexpected connection to C. Lewis and Narnia. The ending seemed contrived and unnecessary. The title of this story says it all: "Whatever. I found it to be a laborious chore to trudge through and found it to be a wholly disappointing closing to a truly enjoyable anthology.
I have high hopes for the remaining volumes in this anthology series. Feb 27, Ronald Weston rated it really liked it Shelves: own. Disclosure: I received an uncorrected proof of this e-book from NetGallery for an honest review. This second volume of Dark Screams is as impressive as the first. All of the stories are well-written and each has its own take on horror.
Robert McCammon's leadoff tale, "The Deep End" is an old fashioned, satisfying horror story of grief and revenge. The chills mount as the murkiness of pool waters close in on the hunter and when the climax occurs it is quick and pulse pounding.
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Like the King story i Disclosure: I received an uncorrected proof of this e-book from NetGallery for an honest review. Like the King story in the first volume, there is just enough sf to remind older readers of Saturday afternoon matinees of 57 to 68 minute chillers. This reprint from Night Visions IV was well-worth resurrecting. Norman Prentiss is a really fine writer.
Well done and creepy. With the atmospheric depictions of the Foster farmhouse, I was expecting Shawntelle Madison's "If These Walls Could Talk" to be a haunted house story, even though she deftly dropped little clues that there was something else going on. When Eleanor finally realizes that the oddness is really deadly the tale suddenly moves from hauntings to a human based horror that is quite Poesque. Graham Masterton's "The Night Hider" is a story of the dark origins of a children's fantastic masterwork. This tale has revenge at its heart but there is pathos in the revelation.
And there is real horror in the final scene. This longish story is told piecemeal, using interviews, magazine excerpts, song lyrics, journal entries, and a non-sequential timeline to describe the slow death of a 70s rock group. While some might scratch their heads trying to find the horror element in this tale it essentially is a depiction of the horror that is human in nature. Of all the stories in this volume this is the one I want to reread. The quality of the stories in this volume bodes well for future releases in the series. Feb 26, John J Questore rated it really liked it.
I had the distinct pleasure of receiving an advanced copy of Dark Screams: Volume One with the understanding that I would again receive an advanced copy of Dark Screams: Volume Two after I wrote a review. So, here is my review of Dark Screams: Volume Two. But these two volumes have made it less painful. I eagerly await volume three. Again, this book consisted of five stories. Here's the breakdown: 1. This story will do for swimming pools what "Jaws" did for the ocean. Guaranteed you will give things in a pool a second look.
I liked how the story built - it was well written, suspenseful, with an ending that was unexpected. You think it's a typical "haunted house" story, but takes an unexpected turn. It was very Poe-like which could be why I enjoyed it so much. Being a fan of the C. Lewis Narnia series, this story revolved around the writing of it - having revenge at the heart of the story. This was by far the worst piece of trash I have ever had the displeasure to read. I found it tedious, and confusing - basically a bunch of disjointed newspaper articles that made no sense.
I am truly confused as to even why this story was included in a horror anthology, unless it was chosen by mistake. There was nothing horrific, scary, supernatural, ghostly, or even gruesome - it was a complete stream of consciousness about the rise and fall of a fictitious 70s band. Skip it. And who knows, maybe you'll get something out of the last story that I might have missed - if so, whatever. May 02, Reader's Hollow rated it it was amazing. Short stories, for me, are just snippets of a bigger, more awesome story.
This is often why I don't review them. I want the big story, not a preview. But I couldn't pass up on the incredibly talented authors. If you're unfamiliar with any of the names, this is like that sample platter at the pub. So sit back, keep your feet from dangling over the edge of the bed, keep a light on, and enjoy. McCammon is a haunting tale with a creepy and mysterious adversary. I always like Short stories, for me, are just snippets of a bigger, more awesome story.
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