I’d like to thank Brian James Freeman for the review copy of Halloween Carnival Volume Two. As anyone who has read many of Mr. Freeman’s anthology will know, he puts together a good set of stories.
This is the second of five Halloween themed anthologies, each released on a Tuesday, with the final volume becoming available on Halloween. You can read my review of the first volume here. I’ll attempt to review as many as possible by then.
I’d like to thank Bryan James Freeman for the review copy of Halloween Carnival, Volume One. This is the first of five volumes. It was published on October 3 of this year (2017). The remaining volumes will be published a week apart. As of this writing the third volume dropped yesterday. I hope to be able to read and review all of them before Halloween.
If the packing on the book reminds you of the Dark Screams series, that shouldn’t be surprising. They from the same publisher and have the same editor. If you’ve read any of that series, then you know they are going to contain some quality fiction.
I’d like to thank Cemetery Dance Publications for providing me with the review copy. Told by multiple narrators, none of whom are entirely reliable, this novel chronicles the events in an apartment complex when the complex’s Halloween party is canceled.
Harris is the on-site handyman for the Stillbrook Apartments. He and his wife Lynn have two children, Matt and Amber. Lynn’s job as tech support allows her to stay home. They are a dysfunctional family, with both parents playing favorites with the children (Harris and Matt, Lynn and Amber) while their marriage is slowly unraveling. Most (but not all) of the chapters are from one of their viewpoints. Neither have a good grasp of things going on in their home. Continue reading →
So this is the fifth volume of Dark Screams I’ve reviewed. I’d like to thank Hydra Books, Brian James Freeman, and Richard Chizmar for the review copy.
Once again, there are five stories in the volume. Unlike the previous installments in this series (long may it continue), not all of the stories were to my taste. They were all well-written, but I’m not the audience for all of them. Those of you who know my taste can use that as a guide as to whether you would enjoy the stories.
Dark Screams Vol. 4
Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, ed.
Hydra, a Division of Random House
ebook only, $2.99
I’d like once again to thank Brian James Freeman for putting me on his list of reviewers for eARCs of the Dark Screams series. These quarterly anthologies are turning out to be among the most consistent and enjoyable anthology series on the market.
Each volume contains five different stories by five different authors. The contents vary in style and theme, as well as subgenre of horror. They are a great way to sample new authors without shelling out the cash for an entire book or to simplyl enjoy a new story by an old favorite. And at $2.99 each, Dark Screams is one of the best values on the horror market.