NetGalley Review: Dark Screams: Volume Six by Brian James Freeman, Richard Chizmar, Stephen King
Title: Dark Screams Volume 6
Authors: Stephen King, Lisa Morton, Nell Quinn-Gibney, Norman Prentiss, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim Curran
Published: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Hydra
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
Stephen King, Lisa Morton, Nell Quinn-Gibney, Norman Prentiss, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tim Curran plunge readers into the dark side in this deeply unsettling short-story collection curated by legendary horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.
THE OLD DUDE’S TICKER by Stephen King
Richard Drogan has been spooked ever since he came back from Nam, but he’s no head case, dig? He just knows the old dude needs to die.
THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT by Lisa Morton
Even though she made her name revealing the private lives of the rich and famous, Sara Peck has no idea how deep their secrets really go . . . or the price they’ll pay to get what they desire.
THE MANICURE by Nell Quinn-Gibney
A trip to the nail salon is supposed to be relaxing. But as the demons of the past creep closer with every clip, even the most serene day of pampering can become a nightmare.
THE COMFORTING VOICE by Norman Prentiss
It’s a little strange how baby Lydia can only be soothed by her grandfather’s unnatural voice, ravaged by throat cancer. The weirdest part? What he’s saying is more disturbing than how he says it.
THE SITUATIONS by Joyce Carol Oates
There are certain lessons children must learn, rules they must follow, scars they must bear. No lesson is more important than this: Never question Daddy. Or else.
THE CORPSE KING by Tim Curran Grave robbers Kierney and Clow keep one step ahead of the law as they ply their ghoulish trade, but there’s no outrunning a far more frightening enemy that hungers for the dead.
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The covers to these volumes are freaking AMAZING! If I saw them in the bookstore I would pick them up because they just scream "pick me up."
Wow a story from Stephen King in here that was very impressive something that I never thought would have happened though I am glad it did. Now his story wasn't that scary but it was pretty cool. I think the one I enjoyed the most was The Comforting Voice. To me that was just a bit creepy and the way the ending went I was just thinking oh man he is turning into his father in law and this is not good! I did like the gruesomeness of The Corpse King. I think the author did an amazing job with the details and how the grave robbers were. The bodies being stacked in the room gave me the willies! Way to go on that one.
If you are looking for something just to pass the time pick this volume up, I think there might be a little bit of something for everyone.
Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His short stories, essays, novellas, and novels have been published by Warner Books, Leisure, Cemetery Dance, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, and many others. His newest book-length work of fiction is The Painted Darkness, which was published in December 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications. The first printing sold out on the day of publication due to the strong demand and a second printing had to be rushed.
Brian's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1994 including From the Borderlands (Warner Books) and all six volumes of the acclaimed Shivers anthology series (Cemetery Dance Publications).
Brian is currently the Managing Editor of Cemetery Dance magazine, where his column "The Final Question" appears. His essays, columns, and interviews have been published in The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 (Book-of-the-Month Club), Jobs in Hell, Hellnotes, and Cemetery Dance.
Brian is also the publisher of Lonely Road Books where he has worked with Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Stewart O'Nan, Mick Garris, Douglas Clegg, Ray Garton, and Kirby McCauley. You can learn more on the official Lonely Road Books website at http://www.LonelyRoadBooks.com
Brian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers. More books are on the way.