Dark Screams: Volume Two

While I didn’t liDark Screams 2ke Dark Screams: Volume Two as much as I did Volume One, it is still an entertaining read for the price. I was excited to see that it contained a Robert McCammon story, “The Deep End,” but it turned out to be one I read when it was originally released back in the late 80s. Yet I enjoy his brand of storytelling, and it was long enough ago that I didn’t remember much of what happened, so all is forgiven.

 

“Interval,” by Norman Prentiss, is a disturbing tale to read if you’re at an airport. It turned out quite differently than I thought it was going to, so there you are. He fooled me and made me uncomfortable. What more can you ask for in a horror short?

 

“If These Walls Could Talk” is my first exposure to Shawntelle Madison, and it made me think twice about all the home fix-it shows my wife watches. While not my favorite in the batch, it did its job of bringing us a disturbing ending.

 

I wasn’t sure I liked “The Night Hider” for the first few pages. Then the mystery deepened, and Graham Masterton built a little mythology of his own around C. S. Lewis and his land of Narnia. This is definitely worth a read if you are interested in Lewis or are a fan of Masterton.

 

Lastly, whatever. I mean, “Whatever.” Richard Christian Matheson takes us back and forth throughout the seventies following the exploits of rock band Whatever and its eclectic members. It’s a very different story, and it’s not what you would think would be in this anthology, but yet it fits. Although as fascinating as I found it to be, I can just as easily imagine some readers, upon finishing, saying, “Whatever.”

About Ed Gosney

Ed Gosney grew up in the small river town of Martins Ferry, Ohio, near Wheeling, West Virginia. He claims it was a magical place that helped mold his imagination, as he spent countless hours roaming the hills, playing in a cave, and hanging out at the Ohio River with his childhood friends. Ed is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in English Education, and served in the Army, becoming a Journalist and the editor of the Army post newspaper. After being honorably discharged, he entered the corporate world to write business proposals, working for several different banks and at times managing proposal teams. Currently living in Copley, Ohio, Ed has been married to Melissa since 1987 and has three children, Renee, Ed, and Brynn.

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