Dark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

Dark Screams: Volume Three - Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Jacquelyn Frank, Brian James Freeman, Richard Chizmar

Dark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance Publications is a collection of horror tales I found gloomy & disturbing but not frightening.

 

The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero by Peter Straub is a tale written from the point of view of a child. I found the writing very difficult to follow. Freddie has encounters that forecast his death. The only scream I found was my own in wading through this poor rendition of how a nine year old would write. It's more like a foreign speaking toddler wrote it.

 

Group of Thirty by Jack Ketchum was intriguing. A horror writer received an invitation to speak at the Essex County Science Fiction Group. It has an unexpected end.

 

Nancy by Darynda Jones is a story about a new girl at Renfield High School who is attracted to Nancy Wilhoit, even though the girl is an outcast & claims to be haunted. Things are not what they seem.

 

I love you, Charlie Pearson by Jacquelyn Frank is a disturbing story about Charlie Pearson who has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. He's determined to make her see his point of view, even if it kills her.

 

The Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away by Brian Hodge is a puzzling story about an ordinary marriage affected by a new neighbor. It has a definite twist of an ending.

 

I gave this book almost four stars. It wasn't what I expected from the horror genre.

 

I would like to thank NetGalley & Cemetery Dance Publications for the free kindle copy. Receiving it did not influence my opinion for this review.