A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dark Screams: Volume Five edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar

Dark Screams: Volume Five edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Hydra
Source: egalley via Netgalley

Dark Screams (5)

I've read all the books in this series and found this latest offering the most disappointing. All the stories included are originals for the book, or at least the copyright doesn't say any different. The crowning glory of this series has been the inclusion of at least one (sometimes two) old reprints by classic authors such as King, Straub or Barker. This book fails to carry the scope of the previous four books by including five authors I've never heard of and not one of them stood out as must read author to me. Though the stories improved starting with the worst and saving best for last. I'm hoping the next book will return to its previous format and include a proven successful reprint as a feature story.

1. Everything You've Always Wanted by Mick Garris - Hmmm ... I'm not really sure what to make of this. It's gory, dark, very sexual. Not something that particularly entertained me but kept me reading. The climax was unexpected, a bit silly and ultimately disappointing. (2/5)

2. The Land of Sunshine by Keelan Patrick Burke - Huh? (1/5)

3. Mechanical Gratitude by Del James - A man's love for his '68 Camaro and his wife, married the same year. The story has a bit of a "Christine" feel to it, but it's the wife who does the ultimate deed to protect man and car. Pretty good until the weird ending which kind of ruined it for me. (3/5)

4. The One and Only by J. Kenner - A creepy little ghost story. Southern gothic with just a touch of voodoo to add to the atmosphere. By far the best story in the book. (4/5)

5. The Playhouse by Bentley Little - A wonderful story to end the collection with, I found this even better than the last. A disturbing tale which never really lets you in on the secret. Is the playhouse haunted? Have the inhabitants died? Entered another dimension? The strange events keep you guessing, but one fact is clear, a couple of real estate agents are playing with (or being played by) time itself. Spooky. (5/5)

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