While I didn’t like 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.”