Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dark Screams Volume 4 Edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar [4.5 stars]

From the Description

Clive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman lead readers down a twisted labyrinth of terror, horror, and suspense in Dark Screams: Volume Four, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the revered Cemetery Dance Publications.

THE DEPARTED by Clive Barker
On All Hallows’ Eve, a dead and disembodied mother yearns to touch her young son one last time. But will making contact destroy them both?

CREATURE FEATURE by Heather Graham
What could be better publicity for a horror convention than an honest-to-goodness curse? It’s only after lights out that the hype—and the Jack the Ripper mannequin—starts to feel a little too real.

THE NEW WAR by Lisa Morton
Mike Carson is a war hero and a decorated vet. He doesn’t deserve to be trapped in a hospital with some black thing sitting on his chest as patients die all around him. His only hope is to take out the nurse—before it’s his turn.

It’s what every family prays for: a lost pet returning home. But when Sammy, the Hale family sheepdog, appears on their doorstep, he brings back something no parent would ever wish upon his or her child.

Cindy Marie Brasher is the prettiest girl in the Valley, and Spence just has to have her. Unfortunately, Cindy has a “friend” . . . a friend who tells her to do things . . . bad things.

I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Dark Screams Four is a super fun group of short stories written by some fantastic authors. This was the first volume in the Dark Screams series that I have read but it definitely won't be the last! Horror fans will love sinking their teeth into this collection of fast paced and terrifying stories. I think my favorite would have to be Sammy Comes Home by the always phenomenal Ray Garton. As a dog lover it both horrified me and crushed my heart doing it. Even the worst story in this book was great.  My only complaint about this 4.5 star collection of stories is that it ended way to soon.

About the Authors

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of several novels, including Imajica and The Damnation Game, and the Books of Blood collections. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer, he illustrates, writes, directs, and produces for the stage and screen.

Ray Garton is the award-winning author of over sixty books. His work includes novels and novellas in the horror and suspense genres, collections of short stories, movie novelizations, and TV tie-ins.

Ed Gorman is an award-winning author who is best known for his crime and mystery fiction. His many books include the Jack Dwyer series and the Sam McCain series. Ed has also written several novels under the pseudonym Daniel Ransom.

New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham has written over one hundred and fifty novels and novellas in a wide variety of genres, including suspense, historical romance, and horror.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of nonfiction books, and award-winning prose writer.