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Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy, disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the celebrated Cemetery Dance Publications. 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 he's got nothing to lose. He couldn't be more wrong. NANCY by Darynda Jones Though she's adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted. But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists--and people--are seldom what they seem. I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE PEARSON by Jacquelyn Frank Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. She has no idea. Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him--even if he has to kill her to make her say it. THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS STRETCH FAR AWAY by Brian Hodge When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline. Whether it's tonic or toxic is another matter.Praise for Dark Screams: Volume Three "Well worth picking up and reading . . . If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself."--Examiner.com "Freeman and Chizmar have brought their A-game to Dark Screams: Volume Three. If you pick just one installment in this series to read, pick this one."--LitReactor "Another winner."--HorrorTalk "A gathering of perfect little bites of fiction . . . As you finish one story you'll definitely be ready to move on to the next one."--Sweet Southern Home "Every story has something to offer for horror fans. They're creepy, thought-provoking, scary and quick reads."--The Reader's Hollow "[Horror] needs to hit you in the sweet spot where the amygdala and the cerebrum whisper to each other, where intellect and emotion intertwine, and all of these stories do that, and they do it well."--Bibliotica "A fun, frightful read . . . If the editors keep raising the bar, I'll be back again and again."--Atomic Fangirl
After a tragic accident kills their parents, Meg and Susan come to live in suburbia with a distant aunt. Little do they know that their lives are about to get infinitely worse.
The year is 1969. Three small town teenagers are bound together by an act of terror one of them committed four years before. A local cop can't let this unsolved crime rest. Something must give.
September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River-off season-awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall. And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface, and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.
The sheriff of Dead River thought he had killed them off ten years ago-a cave-dwelling tribe of cannibals. But somehow the clan survived. And now the residents of this isolated town are fighting for their lives....
Contents: Rifle -- Box -- Mail order -- Luck -- Haunt -- Megan's law -- If memory serves -- Father and son -- Business -- Mother and daughter -- When the penny drops -- Rabid squirrels in love -- Sundays -- Twins -- Amid the walking wounded -- Great San Diego sleazy blimbo massacre -- Holding cell -- Work -- Best -- Redemption -- Exit at Toledo Blade Boulevard -- Chain letter -- Forever -- Gone -- Closing time -- Rose -- Turning -- To suit the crime -- Line, or like Franco, Elvis is dead -- Visitor -- Snakes -- Firedance.
This collection of thirty-eight terrifying tales of serial killers at large, written by the great masters of the genre, plumbs the horrifying depths of a deranged mind and the forces of evil that compel a human being to murder, gruesomely and methodically, over and over again.From Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) to Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), stories of serial killers and psychos loom large and menacing in our collective psyche. Tales of their grisly conquests have kept us cowering under the covers, but still turning the pages.Psychos is the first book to collect in a single volume the scariest and most well-crafted fictional works about these deranged killers. Some of the stories are classics, the best that the genre has to offer, by renowned writers such as Neil Gaiman, Amelia Beamer, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris. Other selections are from the latest and most promising crop of new authors.John Skipp, who is also the editor of Zombies, Demons and Werewolves and Shapeshifters, provides fascinating insight, through two nonfiction essays, into our insatiable obsession with serial killers and how these madmen are portrayed in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book includes lists of the genre's best long-form fiction, movies, websites, and writers.
Three teenaged boys kill a man's dog for no good reason. The man seeks justice, following the letter of the law ... read on to find out what happens.
Amidst the beauty of the landscape, Lelia, a gorgeous but dangerous woman, befriends a group of tourists... to lure them into a nightmare of pain and terror.
A whacko walking into a workplace after first making a threatening phone call ("I'm gonna get you") serves as the premise for each of the three novellas in this grisly anthology.