Title: Dark Screams Volume Five
Author: Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Burke, Del James and Bentley Little
Published: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Hydra
Genre: Short Stories/ Paranormal/horror
Review: Ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy links: Amazon, Amazon.uk, Barnes and Noble
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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
Each story was different in its own way so I think everyone may enjoy either all five stories or maybe just one or two.
Everything you've always wanted: This was a bit longer than the other stories in this book, and it had a good vibe to it. You have a filmmaker who it made it big with his homemade film, which then made it to the big screen. After a while things died down, but when he is invited to a convention he finds that he has a crowd who loves his movie. But then one night while there he gets more than he bargained for. I can say this book was a bit freaky and weird, I felt kind of bad for Jack and his nether regions. I gave this book a 4 for the creativity within the story.
The One and Only: I love anything to do with New Orleans why I have no clue especially since I have never been there. I think with all the voodoo surrounding the city it just makes it magical. This is a ghost story is what I gather. You have Will who growing up had a nanny who had the 'sight'. She always told him he would end up in New Orleans though he didn't believe her he didn't realize he really would but not in the way he predicate. I enjoyed this story so it gets a 4 wine glass rating.
The Land of Sunshine: I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. You have a wife who has gone silent and the husband is searching for something for himself and to get his wife back. It seemed like it was suppose to be a dark book by the description towards the end. "At some point in the night, his wife's fingers found the edges of the gaping cavity in his chest." I didn't really get that feel. So this was a 2 rating as I just liked that description.
Mechanical Gratitude: When I started reading this book I starting thinking of the movie Christine you know where the car kills, but this was so not like that movie. Arnold loves his car and his wife more than anything. When someone breaks into their garage to take the car for a spin the victim gets more than he bargains for, Arnold and his wife harbor a secret that no one will ever know about, but when Arnold dies what happens to his car and his wife? The reason I word that way as I was expecting something way different then the ending I really enjoyed it. 4 stars.
The PlayHouse: I don't even know where to start on this one. It seemed to take off pretty good, you have this realtor who is going to make sure a house is ready to sell. But when she notices the backyard and a playhouse in the back she isn't too happy that the landscapers didn't finish the job. What happens when she enters this playhouse though? It seems that she loses track of time but not in a good way. I saw this story having potential and even though it was short I wanted more backstory on this playhouse. Was she the first victim? Why in the heck was her husband not too concern for her? I gave this story a 4 rating.