Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dark Screams vols 2 & 3 edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

Good morning, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for volumes 2 and 3 of the Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar edited Dark Screams e collections. Do note that there is a tour wide giveaway on this one, you can enter via the Rafflecopter below.

Shorts, shorts, shorts. Even when there's really no time to read, I think there's still time for shorts!

Dark Screams volume 2 features five tales of very different sorts of horror - a little something for everyone. Literally. Here's the full TOC:

Robert R. McCammon: The Deep End
Norman Prentiss: Interval
Shawntelle Madison: If These Walls Could Talk
Graham Masterton: The Night Hider
Richard Christian Matheson: Whatever

As with volume 1, this collection is a mix of new and old - McCammon's tale of underwater terror originally appeared in 1987 and Richard Matheson's odd story of a rock band's rise and fall first appeared in 1997. The remaining three are new to the collection: "Interval" features a demon that feeds on tragedy; "If These Walls Could Talk" forces a TV producer to face down her dark past; and Masterton's tale is woven around a very famous wardrobe.

Like I said, a mix of all sorts of horror. I must admit that McCammon's story is by far my favorite in this particular installment - it would be, I have a serious fear of underwater creepy crawlies!

In Dark Screams volume 4, the editors bring together more thrills and chills with a super fun mix of horror big wigs and two ladies who are best known for their paranormal tales! They do hold their own quite well, I have to say! Here's the full TOC:

Peter Straub: The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero
Jack Ketchum: Group of Thirty
Darynda Jones: Nancy
Jacquelyn Frank: I Love You, Charlie Pearson
Brian Hodge: The Lone One and Leven Sands Stretch

Straub's tale of a boy who seemingly foretells his own death first appeared in the 2013 Cemetery Dance collection, Turn Down the Lights. The remaining stories are all brand spanking new to the collection. Ketchum's piece is about an author who comes head to head with a strange set of fans (hopefully this one isn't the least bit autobiographical!) while Darynda Jones gives us a fabulous ghost story. Frank's "Charlie Pearson" is a twisted tale of love and obsession, and Hodge forces us to consider whether urban decay might be catching. 

Brian Hodge and Darynda Jones take the top spots in this one for me. Seriously, ghosts and the end of the world? I'm down for that!

Note: Volumes 1 and 2 are both out now. Volume 3 is set for release May 12.

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

And now for the giveaway! As I mentioned above, this is a tour wide giveaway courtesy of the publisher. To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Underwater creepy crawlies totally freak me out too!

I'm glad you enjoyed this collection. Thanks for being a part of the tour!