A bone-chilling anthology from legendary horror editor, Ellen Datlow, Screams from the Dark contains twenty-nine all-original tales about monsters.
WINNER of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology!
A Shirley Jackson and Locus Award Finalist! A World Fantasy Award Nominee!
From werewolves and vampires, to demons and aliens, the monster is one of the most recognizable figures in horror. But what makes something, or someone, monstrous?
Award-winning and up-and-coming authors like Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Indrapramit Das, Priya Sharma, and more attempt to answer this question. These all-new stories range from traditional to modern, from mainstream to literary, from familiar monsters to the unknown … and unimaginable.
This chilling collection has something to please—and terrify—everyone, so lock your doors, hide under your covers, and try not to scream.
Contributors include: Ian Rogers, Fran Wilde, Gemma Files, Daryl Gregory, Priya Sharma, Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Indrapramit Das, Siobhan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Glen Hirshberg, A. C. Wise, Stephen Graham Jones, Kaaron Warren, Livia Llewellyn, Carole Johnstone, Margo Lanagan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Evenson, Nathan Ballingrud, Cassandra Khaw, Laird Barron, Kristi DeMeester, Jeffrey Ford, and John Langan.
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"What is a monster?" Datlow (the Best Horror of the Year series, editor) asks in her introduction to this excellent anthology, which brings together a tremendous variety of answers from the leading voices in horror. Indrapramit Das depicts a home invasion in the searing "Here Comes Your Man," while Stephen Graham Jones delivers a twisty Bigfoot hunt in "Children of the Night." Siobhan Carroll's haunting "Siolaigh" explores an Outer Hebrides island, and Priya Sharma's beautiful "The Ghost of a Flea" travels the murderous streets of London. The great outdoors provides the terror in Glen Hirshberg's "Devil," while A.C. Wise's unforgettable "Click Clack Rattle Tap" delves into the slippery interior horror of postpartum psychosis. Other standouts include Gemma Files's visceral "Wet Red Grin," Daryl Gregory's sweet "The Virgin Jimmy Peck," and Caitlín R. Kiernan's achingly lonely "Strandling." Unfortunately, some of the older titans of horror suffer for being placed next to their younger, more inventive colleagues; neither Joyce Carol Oates nor Jeffrey Ford manage to stick the landing. But even the weaker pieces are connected to the whole by a resonant common thread: whatever the monster, it's always created, encouraged, or worsened by the actions of humans. Any horror fan will be glad to check this out.