Published by : Hydra
Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy, disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the celebrated Cemetery Dance Publications.
Stories in Dark Screams Volume 3 by:
THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub
A mere child yet a precocious writer, young Freddie records a series of terrifying encounters with an inhuman being that haunts his life . . . and seems to predict his death.
GROUP OF THIRTY by Jack Ketchum
When an award-winning horror writer on the downward slope of a long career receives an invitation to address the Essex County Science Fiction Group, he figures he’s got nothing to lose. He couldn’t be more wrong.
NANCY by Darynda Jones
Though she’s adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted. But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists—and people—are seldom what they seem.
I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE PEARSON by Jacquelyn Frank
Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. She has no idea. Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him—even if he has to kill her to make her say it.
THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS STRETCH FAR AWAY by Brian Hodge
When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline. Whether it’s tonic or toxic is another matter.
The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero - Peter Straub
It's a sad and dark collection of a child's stories in the rough handwriting of a little kid.
Group of Thirty - Jack Ketchum
A jaded, successful author is looking for a reason to continue when a group of thirty invites him out. I enjoyed this one. The main character was personable in a short period of time and some of the subjects were harsh without being gratuitous.
Nancy - Darynda Jones
There was humor, great descriptions and a ghost story that had me so captured that I lost track of time. I could have taken this as a novel with the characters, twists and mystery.
I Love You, Charlie Pearson - Jacquelyn Frank
Getting to look through the eyes of a very meticulous individual with a great, and almost disturbing twist! I liked how this turned out and kind of wish I knew more about a certain character.
The Lone One and Level Sands Stretch Far Away - Brian Hodge
A introspective story wit a lot of mystery surrounding the ultimate end. I liked the characters transition and it was the perfect length, for me. I found the characters distracting and almost forgot that there was "something following". Great story.
My favorite story was Nancy by Darynda Jones, but it was in close runnings with all of them. There was a great dark humor set in a familiar backdrop with horror looming on the edges until the head-on conclusion.