Published: Aug 04, 2015
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.
Praise for the Dark Screams series
“A wicked treat [featuring] some of the genre’s best . . . Dark Screams: Volume One is a strong start to what looks to be an outstanding series.”—Hellnotes
“The editors have set themselves a high bar to meet in future volumes. . . . It’s going to be a solid series.”—Adventures Fantastic
“Dark Screams: Volume Two [is] a worthwhile read and a great entry to this series. If this upward trend in quality continues, we are sure to see amazing things in the volumes to come.”--LitReactor
“Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can’t.”—Atomic Fangirl
The Departed by Clive Barker proved to be inventive, remorseful and a solid, quick start to the anthology. It's a sad one but I somehow found it fulfilling too.
The New War by Lisa Morton doesn't disappoint. World War II veteran Mike is struggling with his sanity. He sees something that no one else does and his new war against this blackness, and his own frailty, begins. I really liked this one actually. It was sad, truthful and I thought the ending was perfect even though I expected (and *cringed*) at it being something else.
Sammy Comes Home by Ray Garton. This one is a bit gross and being a pet lover it made me grimace a little. Still, it promised to be a heck of a mystery and I kind of found that I wanted to read more on this particular story. Where's the novel, Ray? ;)
The Brasher Girl by Ed Gorman. This is a creepy story to me. You can tell that none of the characters are entirely stable and their resistance to the "friend" seems like an excuse to just be crazy despite the addictive nature of it. Still, I found myself equally addicted to what would happen next and how it would all end.
Creature Feature by Heather Graham. I didn't see the ending coming. I expected something more ghostly and ended up with a bit of a twist. This is a great action story with characters that I think deserve a book series. I wanted to know more about Mo and Aidan's abilities.
For the reviews on the previous Dark Scream Books, see the list below:
Dark Screams: Volume Two
Dark Screams: Volume Three