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  • By Steve Isaak
    Jul 19, 2011
    OVERALL REVIEW This fourteen-story anthology is formed by impressive, taut tales that incorporates clever twists and elements into familiar horror-genre scenarios, with wonderfully nuanced results. All the microfiction-ish stories in this anthology work. This is a worthwhile purchase. # STANDOUT STORIES 1.) "A Night at the Games": A stage performer puts on a life-changing show. Short, sharp, effective statement about what constitutes entertainment and humanity. 2.) "Tales of Mercy": The denizens of a small town react differently to a strange "oily rain" that falls from the sky and the equally strange creature that appears in their midst. Odd, spooky, interesting. 3.) "The Language of the Dead": Fun EC/"Creepy" magazine-evocative piece about a mystical tome, zombies and revenge. 4.) "Newlywed": Marital unease takes on a whole new meaning in this H.P. Lovecraftian story about a culinary accident and its unfortunate, horrifying... More > result. Good, tight write that effortlessly recalls and updates the dread-tones of Lovecraft's work. 5.) "Down By the River, in the Pale Moonlight": Melancholic, clever, effective tale about a birthday reunion that indicates an even more disturbing future. 6.) "Darkness Falls - The River": A post-global apocalypse couple struggle to survive in the wilderness. Excellent, hopeful work. 7.) "Darkness Falls - City Life": Involving, sad story about the further social effects of the forty day-forty night apocalypse that was touched upon in "Darkness Falls - The River". 8. and 9.) "The Interview" & "Idle Hands": The reputedly Satanic history of a youthful rock star Johnny Moon is recounted and illustrated from different angles in these character-connected, shuddery and laugh-out-loud bizarre tales. 10.) "The Morning After": A dream-murder turns more surreal when the murderer's regrettable actions and truths are visited upon him. Sly, admirable piece. # Like I wrote before, this is a worthwhile purchase. =)< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Richard Cody
September 10, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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