Brian James Freeman Richard T. Chizmar
- Title: Dark Screams: Volume Four
- Author: Brian James Freeman Richard T. Chizmar
- ISBN: null
- Page: 362
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Clive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman lead readers down a twisted labyrinth of terror, horror, and suspense in Dark Screams Volume Four, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the revered Cemetery Dance Publications THE DEPARTED by Clive Barker On All Hallows Eve, a dead and disembodied mother yearns to touch her young son one laClive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman lead readers down a twisted labyrinth of terror, horror, and suspense in Dark Screams Volume Four, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the revered Cemetery Dance Publications THE DEPARTED by Clive Barker On All Hallows Eve, a dead and disembodied mother yearns to touch her young son one last time But will making contact destroy them both CREATURE FEATURE by Heather Graham What could be better publicity for a horror convention than an honest to goodness curse It s only after lights out that the hype and the Jack the Ripper mannequin starts to feel a little too real THE NEW WAR by Lisa Morton Mike Carson is a war hero and a decorated vet He doesn t deserve to be trapped in a hospital with some black thing sitting on his chest as patients die all around him His only hope is to take out the nurse before it s his turn SAMMY COMES HOME by Ray Garton It s what every family prays for a lost pet returning home But when Sammy, the Hale family sheepdog, appears on their doorstep, he brings back something no parent would ever wish upon his or her child THE BRASHER GIRL by Ed Gorman Cindy Marie Brasher is the prettiest girl in the Valley, and Spence just has to have her Unfortunately, Cindy has a friend a friend who tells her to do things bad things.
Recent Comments "Dark Screams: Volume Four"
This is the best volume of Dark Screams yet! With some heavy hitting authors within, I thought this collection was pretty damn good.The Departed by Clive Barker-A very sad story to read around Mother's Day. 4*The New War by Lisa Morton-Another sad story about a WWII veteran. 4*Sammy Comes Home by Ray Garton- A creature feature that really hit home for me. This was my favorite of the bunch. 5*The Brasher Girl by Ed Gorman-A story where I thought I knew where it was going, but I was very wrong. 4* [...]
The Departed by Clive BarkerThe Departed was the least horrifying story in this collection. Now I have actually not read anything by Clive Barker before, yes I'm just as shocked as you are, but I expected this story to be really dark and horrifying since this is the Clive Barker. I mean even though I haven't read anything by the man do I know how big his name is in horror. But this story felt actually kind of nice, a mother's longing to say goodbye to her son. (3 stars)The New War by Lisa Morton [...]
Volume Four of the Dark Screams series impressed me much more than its predecessor. Of the five stories included in this collection, I felt that two of them were excellent, two rather good, and only one that left me feeling unimpressed."The Departed", by Clive Barker (3*): A unique look at what happens after death, but not much in the way of an ending as far as I was concerned."The New War", by Lisa Morton (4*): A look at an old man in a nursing home, who sees more than he "should" be seeing"Sam [...]
I was invited to read Dark Screams 4 (and 5 as well) from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.I didn't know what to expect, but I'm a fan of short stories as well as stories of the 'unusual' so this was right up my alley and didn't disappoint.I haven't read the first 3 books but they all seem to be consisting of 80-100 pages of short stories dedicated to the darker side of things. Some are silly, some make you gasp, and some make you afraid to turn the lights off.I recommend to anyo [...]
I should always remind myself not to request anthologies. The stories in this one are so-so, none of them really grabbed me all that much. Hopefully, Mr. Barker won't send a certain someone after me for retaliation.3 ninja bunnehs(arc received in exchange for an honest review)
Dark Screams 4I received and ARC copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have read each of these story collection as they came out and have enjoyed most of them. The fourth installment is very strong and makes me look forward to new volumes.The Departed by Clive BarkerA story from the more tender side of Clive Barker. A supernatural love story about motherly love in which a mother (the departed) seeks to reunite, in whatever way that she can, with her childre [...]
Whew! Dark Screams is back! A very good collection of horror shorts. Pretty much 4 stars on all but the last and even that one wasn't bad, it was just a bit elementary for this collection or at least that's how it felt. I am glad to see the quality has returned for this edition and I look forward to DS 5.
I have read all four volumes released from Dark Screams and this one is definitely my favorite. With the exception of Creature Feature by Heather Graham (who I learned is NOT the actress) , I enjoyed the stories in this one a lot. I will refrain from listing them each individually to give you my opinion. I will tell you that Sammy Comes Home by Ray Garton was my favorite in this collection. The Departed by Clive Barker was my second favorite. I liked The New War and then The Brasher Girl in that [...]
This anthology series has been a cavalcade of the macabre thus far, highlighting some of the absolute biggest names in horror. And kicking things off for this fourth volume is a guy who has been dubious by his absence until now, that being the legendary Clive Barker.Now, when you bring up Clive Barker's name while on the topic of short stories, you will invariably wind up evoking memories of The Books of Blood. Those collections featured some grim, grizzly, and grotesque little masterpieces. So [...]
I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. Dark Screams Four is a super fun group of short stories written by some fantastic authors. This was the first volume in the Dark Screams series that I have read but it definitely won't be the last! Horror fans will love sinking their teeth into this collection of fast paced and terrifying stories. I think my favorite would have to be Sammy Comes Home by the always phenomenal [...]
Review: DARK SCREAMS, VOLUME FOUR [edited by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman; written by Clive Barker, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, Ed Gorman, Heather Graham]The always excellent DARK SCREAMS collection returns with five special authors. This anthology--Volume Four-- ranges from the heartwarming (Clive Barker) to the cautionary (Heather Graham) to the unavoidable (Lisa Morton) to the truly scary because implacable (Ed Gorman and Ray Garton). It'll be a long while before I stop thinking about [...]
Clive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman come together to bring fan’s this collection of horror shorts. These authors have produced a twisted, rollercoaster of terror ridden reading experience their audience will not soon forget. If you like monsters, this book is packed full of nasties. Ghosts, the grim reaper, aliens, the unexplainable, and, the wickedest monster of them all, man fill the pages to terrify and delight any horror fan.So, my fellow horror fanatics do [...]
The Departed (Clive Barker)My favourite in the collection, The Departed is heartwarming, sad but also very sweet. It is a silent story about motherly love, but also about the absolute love of a child for its mother. Have some Kleenex ready when reading this eye-waterer. 5 stars.The New War (Lisa Morton)Subtle and dark, this is a depressing story about the oppressing presence of death for an old man. The author did a great job building up tension. 4.5 starsSammy Comes Home (Ray Garton)Creature al [...]
Dark Screams continue to be a strong horror anthology with its fourth volume. It is not quite as strong as the previous entry in the series, but it is still an incredibly solid collection of short stories.Clive Barker's "The Departed" is something of a departure for the famous author. It's a very reserved tale of a ghost that wants to see her son one last time. Barker is known for including certain story elements in his horror writing, but most, if not all, of those elements are absent from this [...]
ARC REVIEWThis is the first of this series I've read but I'm glad I did It has not just one but two of my absolute favorite authors and I was exposed to some other authors I will definitely keep an eye out for. This collection of horror, ghost, thriller stories gets to you I couldn't put it downE DEPARTED: Clive BarkerA short touching story about what happens to a mother after she dies and is trapped grieving the loss of her son. He only hope for one last farewell is All Hallows Eve a chance to [...]
A treasure of fantastic stories that kept my attention all the way through to the end. Loaded with suspense, these thrillers are nightmarish, and ready to be read after dark, by the warm glow of a fire, or by the light of a bedside lamp during a thunderstorm to keep the dismal shadows removed. THE DEPARTED by Clive Barker, a wonderful author, brought the essence of Hermione and Rice to life when they were summoned from the departed. It was the only time of year they could get together and part [...]
Dark Screams is a collection of short stories by some pretty amazing authors. I was excited to read anything that had stories by Clive Barker and Heather Graham, two of my favorite authors in the genre of all things creepy.Like all collections, some stories are better than others. Clive Barker's The Departed is more bittersweet than terrifying, but as always a story where you connect with the characters. I think this one might have been phoned in a bit. It needed more, or at least I felt it need [...]
Dark Screams: Volume 4 is the third of this series that I have read. So far I have had so-so luck with this series. With this fourth volume, I was a little more excited to read it because it has one of my favorite authors in it. For the most part, I liked the stories, but the biggest problem that I had with them was that they weren't long enough. Had they had more meat to them, I think they could have been truly horrifying.My favorite of the bunch was Creature Feature. It's a novella from the Kr [...]
I was a little worried after Dark Screams 3, which I felt really took a dip in quality compared to its predecessors, but I was hopeful when I saw the list of authors for this volume, which includes 2 of my all-time favorites. And indeed, it delivers.Hard to pick a favorite, but if pressed, it would probably be Ray Garton's "Sammy Comes Home", followed closely by Ed Gorman's "The Brasher Girl". "Creature Feature" was probably my least favorite. It wasn't bad, I just felt the writing was a bit rou [...]
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A fun little anthology. I seem to be with most reviewers here in that I thought "Sammy Comes Home" was probably the strongest story. I would love a full length version of that one! Though it works well as a short story too.
Some good, some a pass.
Probably the least interesting and compelling of the Dark Screams volumes. I give it a 4/5 for originality of the stories, but I just wasn't that interested.
A short readDidn't take long to read. Some of the stories were ok but not as satisfying as other Dark Screams books.
Maybe two stories in this one were good.The Heather Graham one read like it was written for a creative writing class.
Wow! What a difference a volume makes. This volume of Dark Screams is the best so far. Significantly better than last volume. The stories were all solid and engaging. None of them left me feeling disappointed or wanting for more. Maybe my expectations had been lowered enough to make the stories better. I doubt it but even if that was the case, all the stories were still good. In all the previous volumes there has been at least one story that disappointed. But not here. In order of least favorite [...]
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.This volume was a bit better than volume three for me. I am enjoying how I am reading new short stories by new authors out of this volume I only know of one author and that is Clive Barker. Now this review will be on all of the short stories so the rating that I give will be all of them combined together. Though I am torn on if I give this a three or a four we shall see as the words come through my fingers. :) The Departed by Clive Bark [...]
This is a review for the an ARC of Dark Screams: Volume Four received from Cemetery Dance Publications. Like the previous volumes, it collects five storys of suspense/horror. As before, I am not big on disclosing too much of the plot. The stories are as follows:"The Departed," by Clive Barker I had previous read as part of his "Books of Blood." This bittersweet story (I know; doesn't sound Clive Barker-esque) of a ghost desperate to reconnect with the child she left behind. One Halloween evening [...]
I will tell you that the only reason I signed up for this book tour was for Heather Graham. I have read a few of her books, some for review and some for fun, and I really enjoy her writing. It's always fast pace and before I know it, I've finished the book and want more. The other thing I really liked about this was I got small snippets of some other really great authors and two I was really loving the most were Clive Barker and Lisa Morton. I liked them all quite a bit, but if I had to pick two [...]
Genre: Adult Fiction>HorrorThe book is the fourth in a series collection of five short stories. The Departed ***Clive Barker's story of a ghostly mother trying to reunite with her son to say goodby on All Hallows Eve is disappointing. I expected a more scary, horrific story from this famous author.Creature Feature **Heather Graham's contribution center's on a Jack the Ripper mannequin displayed at a wax museum convention that comes to life. This story was my least favorite of the collection. [...]
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