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A spellbinding collection of short fiction explores the dark imaginations and experiences of the human mind in spine-tingling tales of horror and suspense by Zane, Tananarive Due, Stephen Barnes, Robert Fleming, and other distinguished African-American authors.


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A spellbinding collection of short fiction explores the dark imaginations and experiences of the human mind in spine-tingling tales of horror and suspense by Zane, Tananarive Due, Stephen Barnes, Robert Fleming, and other distinguished African-American authors.

30 review for Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    I'm going to be fair and not rate this one. The first six stories were really bad. But it got me to the L.A. Banks story which naturally, was a good one. The following story was bad so I skipped to the Brandon Massey story and that was pretty good. The story after that literally made me say out loud "What the hell was that?" which prompted me to skip to the Barnes/Due story and I enjoyed that one. Thankfully that was the last story in the anthology so I wasn't tempted to try yet another bad shor I'm going to be fair and not rate this one. The first six stories were really bad. But it got me to the L.A. Banks story which naturally, was a good one. The following story was bad so I skipped to the Brandon Massey story and that was pretty good. The story after that literally made me say out loud "What the hell was that?" which prompted me to skip to the Barnes/Due story and I enjoyed that one. Thankfully that was the last story in the anthology so I wasn't tempted to try yet another bad short story. I was so excited about this collection and am very disappointed in what I read. I read ten out of the twenty stories and only liked three. That's not good. I didn't think that I would love every story and that's okay, but I didn't think that the stories I did read would make me hesitant to read others in the collection and they honestly did. I may have missed out on a few more good shorts because I was bitten so many times by bad stories that I didn't want to waste my time hoping that just one more would be decent. My stack of unread books is just too high for me too keep crossing my fingers when the writing is on the wall for this one. Three stories just can't save an entire collection. You can find me at: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @MonlatReader Instagram: @readermonica Facebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  2. 5 out of 5

    MontiLee Stormer

    This was one of those listens/reads that makes me think that throwing enough pointless sex and swears into a book makes it publishable. This was an ambitious anthlogy edited by Brandon Massey featuring Black writers - which is what drew me to the book. The best in the bunch were by Chesya Burke (He Who Takes Away The Pain), and Brandon Massey (Grandad's Garage), the editor, and Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes never fail to disappoint, however two or three worthwhile stories out of twenty makes f This was one of those listens/reads that makes me think that throwing enough pointless sex and swears into a book makes it publishable. This was an ambitious anthlogy edited by Brandon Massey featuring Black writers - which is what drew me to the book. The best in the bunch were by Chesya Burke (He Who Takes Away The Pain), and Brandon Massey (Grandad's Garage), the editor, and Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes never fail to disappoint, however two or three worthwhile stories out of twenty makes for a very long and disappointing anthology. Tired is how I'd describe Zane's "Resident Evil" - the vampirism was yawn-inducing and the sex was tossed in because without it there's no story. Unfortunately with it, it reads a step below a Penthouse Forum Letter. Characters who seem dumber than a box of hair, and yet manage to have massive student loans. Thanks for not creating any characters we could actually get behind. Cringe-worthy is how I would described it - "I ran out of story and plot, how about we throw in some three-way sex." Could you at least make it ... I dunno - hot? It was also terribly long for not actually finishing, with extra "backstories" thrown in to pad it out. Three stars for the three good stories and no stars not giving the reader more from the remaining 17. I can't recommend this book at all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lena Tumasyan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked up this audio book, recorded by "Recorded Books Presents", produced by Grio Audio, on 12 CDs. I actually got it from the library by accident. I requested a different book and this one was sent to be in error. But since I had it, I figured I might as well check it out. The subtitle is "A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers". I'm a white female, but I said "why not?" First of all, this book is a misnomer. Although the editor, Brandon Massey, did a good job describing what ho I picked up this audio book, recorded by "Recorded Books Presents", produced by Grio Audio, on 12 CDs. I actually got it from the library by accident. I requested a different book and this one was sent to be in error. But since I had it, I figured I might as well check it out. The subtitle is "A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers". I'm a white female, but I said "why not?" First of all, this book is a misnomer. Although the editor, Brandon Massey, did a good job describing what horror IS and is NOT and what suspense IS and is NOT in the introduction, most of the stories themselves did not "chill or grip" you and did not put you "on the edge of your seat". You did not go through "a profound transformation" or experience the "deepest fear" of a character. And most of the characters did not become "rejuvenated and enlightened". They just weren't that scary. A bit sci-fi, a bit magic, a bit historic but really not all that scary. That's why I have this collection only 2 out of 5 starts. Though I would have given 1.5 stars if i could. One may argue that because I listened to the audiobook and read the pages, that's why I wasn't scared. However, I HAVE read scary stories on audiobook before and they were still scary! Also, much of the material involved sex. So possibly, I just can't think of characters being scary if they're having sex!! haha Okay, so here is a list of the stories, authors, and who read them. Please note that since I was listening to the audiobook and scribbling notes as I heard them, my spelling could be REALLY off. Please note that the ? next to n. means I don't remember or didn't write down the name of the narrator. 1. Resident Evil - by Zane, Narrated (n.) by Kevin R Free. About a vampire "pimp" that keeps an apartment building full of vampire women. This story was very immature, like every teen boy's fantasy. It wasn't horror - it was a comedy about a grown ass 500 year old MAN who still needs his MOMMA. Very superficial. The idea could have been made much scarier and much better. Lots of sex. 2. But Beautiful and Terrifying - by Robert Flemming, n. by ? . This one WAS scary, and also had sex. About a mythological Japanese creature, a female siren who has sex with men and then eats them alive, leaving only their shoes. A black in the 40's goes to investigate these case. This story was short, but deep. Good writing. 3. He Who Takes Away the Pain - by Cherice Booth, n. by ? . This one was a bit more philosophical. About a 1950's town infected by smallpox. A black shadow just takes people "away" and they die. It's creepy because it's told through the eyes of a young, 5-8 year old girl. And it's unsettling how they just let themselves die. Disturbing. Maybe a bit scary. But not horror and not suspense. 4. Brak Coopee - by Kalamu ya Salam, n. by Niambi Niambi . Brak coopee is short for "Brother Cooper". This one I barely even remember. It was dull and anti-climatic. Told from a white person's POV. The whole first half (about the girl's conversation in bed) was unnecessary. The only interesting part was the Jazz in New Orleans. But this store was just unfinished, not well thought through, just poor writing. 5. Hair Dreams - by Jo M Copeland, n. by ? . This one is about a young girl, named Zazu, (may be 10 or 15 years old), who is very poor and works very hard to make a little money so that she can get nice hair. I'm guessing it's set in 1950's America. I feel this because on of the characters has a yellow Bonneville, which I know is an old model car. Unfortunately, she gets raped by someone she trusted and she ends up killing him in defense. She flees to a witch lady and gets transformed into a blonde girl. So, is it horror? NO. It is definitely really sad, really breaks your heart to see what she goes through, but suspense? Also no. It was some magic and that's about it. 6. The Track - by L R Giles, n. by ? . I like this one! it's a bit different. About a cocky young guy who is overly obsessed with looks and fitness. He's mean and judgmental and get get's what's comin' to him! Nice ending! I say no more. True horror! 7. If the Walls Could Talk - by L A Banks, n. by ? . About a young women who lives in an old house where the ghosts of her mothers, grandmothers, aunts and female relative still reside and are really active. They capture cheating men, lock them in their supernatural basement, and don't let the men go! Haha I kind of liked it because it had a moral ending, but it really wasn't that scary. More so magic and funny. Not even suspense. 8. The Fourth Floor - by Ahmed Wright, n. by ? . Very short but good. About a janitor in a hospital who feels the presence of a ghost. A bit spooky. 9. Empty Vessel - by Lowanda Holland Moore. About a slave girl recalling her experience with her master, how she was used for sex and then rejected for another girl, and what happens to her when she overhears the master having sex with her. The story was absolutely morose, however, I can't say that it was "horror." That's because the focus is on the history, and not on the supernatural element of it all - that part was very short and only at the end. So it mostly read like a very sad journal entry, and not horror or suspense. 10. I Ghoul - by Christopher Chambers, n. by Niambi Niambi. This was was about surgeons or doctors or zombies. I'm not really sure because the pacing of the story was very odd and very hard to keep up with. I really didn't like Niambi as a narrator, most of his stories went really slow and really took a LOT of patience to keep up with. He has long pauses after single words and in weird places. It doesn't help that the story jumps between past, present and future with no clear separation, and that's really hard to do effectively in a SHORT STORY. I still have no idea what the heck this was about, waste of time. 11. Dreads - by D S Fox, n. by Sharon Washington. More then just hair. This is a story of history with some magic, but not horror. 12. Plaything - by Terrance Taylor, n. by Kevin R. Free. About a black lawyer defending a man charged with molestation of a very human-like doll. This story raises moral and legal questions, but it's not horror at all! So it was interesting, a bit futuristic, but no suspense and no horror. 13. The Power - by Linda Addison, n. by Susan Spain. This was another story that was difficult to follow. The narrator takes too many breaks after sentences, and the reading feels unnatural, no flow. The story is about young girls using magic to save their grandmother. The story is interesting, and supernatural, but not quite horror. 14. Red - by Ricki Windell George, n. by Cherice Booth. Real horror! Finally! And sex, which was essential to the story. It's a pretty good story about a serpentine killing cult in Africa. 15. Siren Song - by Francine Lewis, n. by Maria Lucretia Taylor. About an evil mermaid, gold, and a childhood rivalry in the warm seas. Not quite scary, but could have been with a little work! 16. Grandad's Garage - by Brandon Massey (the editor), n. by Kevin R. Free. About 2 brothers who, in the wake of their grandfather's death, discover treasure in his garage full of "junk." A bit of mystery, and a bit supernatural, but no horror and not suspense. 17. Wild Chocolate - by Patricia E. Canterberry, n. by Cherice Booth. Freaky! Not exactly horror, but pretty lose. About an African woman who destroys an American couple on their trip to Africa so that she could have the man. 18. Come on! It's Lovely Weather - by Anthony Biel, n. by Niambi Niambi. What a mess! What a mish mosh of STUFF, of evil Christmas, a "crimson christ", evil rotting zombie flame-throwing reindeer called "dashers" who kill people that are not celebrating "Christmas", and ghosts. What a MESS! It's like a war of Christmas VS the people. There is just so much WRONG with this story. If the author chose ONE thing to make Christmas evil, then it would have made a whole lot more sense. but this story was just TERRIBLE, waste of space. 19. The Gray Riders - by B Gordon Doyle, n. by Dionne Graham. About a man sitting on a subway, bleeding to death after he got shot. As he bleeds he imagines his childhood imaginary friend named "Cowboy" who keeps him from dying. It is disturbing, odd, sad, and maybe even has a twist ending (unclear about that), but not exactly horror. 20. Danger Word - by Steven Bines (maybe Bonds or Barnes), n. by Kevin R. Free. About a young boy and his grandpa living in the woods, in the world of zombies. It's really sad!! So devastatingly sad! Similar to "The Road" by Cormac Mccarthy, where food is difficult to find and people are dwindling in numbers, every man for himself. It was brutally devastatingly sad. Heart-achingly sad. But horror? no. Suspense, maybe. Okay! That was a lot of work right there. But as you can see, if I don't like something, I give you reasons why. To summarize, some of the stories had magic, supernatural elements, historic settings, or took place (even partly) in Africa. However, most of them were NOT SCARY. NOT HORROR, and NOT SUSPENCE. Only about a fourth of the stories were really interesting, and another fourth were terrible. The remaining half was somewhere in the middle. Some of the stories had good ideas, but definitely could have been made better. Some should have never appeared here. And so, I would NOT recommend this book. It is NOT what it is called and does not accomplish what it sets out to achieve. Perhaps editor Massey would have been better off calling this collection "Magic and Supernatural stories by Black Writers", and so I would have believed him. But certainly not Horror and Suspense. Big mistake. Some of the narrators were hard to follow Niambi Niambi and Susan Spain. I would not recommend them for audiobooks, or at least not for fiction books. I picture Niambi as a preacher and Ms Spain as a schoolteacher. Both of them had long unnecessary pauses that broke the rhythm of the story and made it confusing/hard to follow. Thank you for reading my (super long) review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    TR

    The only reason that I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is because there are two that I just couldn't bring myself to...like. Either way my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE story is by LA Banks, "If The Walls Could Talk". I REALLY WISH some more of her books were on Audible. R.I.H. LA Banks - brilliant author gone too soon. Also I really wished that D.S. Foxx would expand on "Dreads". The only reason that I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is because there are two that I just couldn't bring myself to...like. Either way my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE story is by LA Banks, "If The Walls Could Talk". I REALLY WISH some more of her books were on Audible. R.I.H. LA Banks - brilliant author gone too soon. Also I really wished that D.S. Foxx would expand on "Dreads".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madelon

    This book is apparently the first I reviews on Amazon. At that time, I was not reviewing everything that I read. I have a vague recollection of posting the Amazon review because of the story contained in this anthology written by Linda Addison. In fact, my review was directed at her story rather than the entire book. I must have rated the book 4 stars, but her contribution was definitely a 5-star read. My Amazon review... I was browsing around in Barnes & Noble one day and came across Dark Dreams This book is apparently the first I reviews on Amazon. At that time, I was not reviewing everything that I read. I have a vague recollection of posting the Amazon review because of the story contained in this anthology written by Linda Addison. In fact, my review was directed at her story rather than the entire book. I must have rated the book 4 stars, but her contribution was definitely a 5-star read. My Amazon review... I was browsing around in Barnes & Noble one day and came across Dark Dreams among the new releases. I checked out the table of contents and was extremely pleased to find a story by my friend Linda Addison. Linda is a fine poet and brings the beauty of language to all her written works. I went home and browsed for it on Amazon and found a second book to buy as a bundle with Dark Dreams called Dark Thirst that just happened to contain a novella by one Linda Addison. Of course, I immediately bought them both. 'The Power' is a terrific story. It is beautifully written and it touched my soul.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I didn't know what to expect especially after I got through the first couple stories. The first story, Resident Evil, has a lot of sex in it. I don't much like sex with my horror. Plus, the story was really poorly written. The dialogue was atrocious. I know that Zane is a fairly prolific author, and I assume she's popular. But this read like somebody's first draft of a story. I didn't care for it. The second story (But Beautiful and Terrifying) was better written, but it was still about sex! Is t I didn't know what to expect especially after I got through the first couple stories. The first story, Resident Evil, has a lot of sex in it. I don't much like sex with my horror. Plus, the story was really poorly written. The dialogue was atrocious. I know that Zane is a fairly prolific author, and I assume she's popular. But this read like somebody's first draft of a story. I didn't care for it. The second story (But Beautiful and Terrifying) was better written, but it was still about sex! Is this an anthology of horror or erotica? He Who Takes Away the Pain. OK. Finally, a story without sex. And well written. But I still have no idea what it was about. I suspect it was an allegory for something, or a metaphor. But I don't know for what. The fourth one (Brak Coopee) started out about sex. But then it start talking about race, which I thought would be interesting. Of course this is the story that has the line, "My accusation hung in the air like a fart." It wasn't even suspenseful, until the very end. This one was just OK. Hair dreams. So far, this is my favorite. Good story. Great ending. The Track was pretty good too. If the Walls Could Talk. This is a pretty enjoyable story. About revenge and women done wrong. The Fourth Floor. Short, sweet, and spooky. Empty Vessel was horrifying. But not for scary or supernatural reasons. I Ghoul and Dreads were interesting. Plaything was disturbing, too. The Power was a good story. Red was just… ew. This is why horror and sex don't mix. (view spoiler)[And what do you do when the protagonist is evil? And eats her own child? (hide spoiler)] Siren Song was well-written and well-performed. Grandad's Garage was a great story. Wild Chocolate was fascinating. Come On! It's Lovely Weather is the second story in this set in which a giant phallus plays a central role. It's also has the honor of coining a term I bet has never been said: "Coital subservience." I like Krampus tales, but would have passed on this one. The Gray Riders was interesting. Until the end. Danger Word was a good story to end on. Overall, I thought there were several stories here that were worth reading - but several that weren't worth it. I guess that's about like any short story anthology.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I listened to this on audiobook. Massey’s story “Granddad’s Garage” was great and Barnes/Due’s “Danger Word” was good but overall this collection was absolutely awful which really disappointed me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Massey is one of my favorite horror/thriller/suspense writers and I finally got a chance to read this collection of stories. He has stepped out of the box and given known and unknown African American authors to show their work to the world. The contributing authors are: Zane, Robert Fleming, Chesya Burke, Kalamu ya Salaam, Joy M. Copeland, L.R. Giles, L.A. Banks, Ahmad Wright, Lawana Holland-Moore, Christopher Chambers, D.S. Foxx, Terence Taylor, Linda Addison, Rickey Windell George, Francine Le Massey is one of my favorite horror/thriller/suspense writers and I finally got a chance to read this collection of stories. He has stepped out of the box and given known and unknown African American authors to show their work to the world. The contributing authors are: Zane, Robert Fleming, Chesya Burke, Kalamu ya Salaam, Joy M. Copeland, L.R. Giles, L.A. Banks, Ahmad Wright, Lawana Holland-Moore, Christopher Chambers, D.S. Foxx, Terence Taylor, Linda Addison, Rickey Windell George, Francine Lewis, Patricia E. Canterbury, Anthony Beal, B. Gordon Doyle, Steven Barnes and Tananrive Due. The stories spanned the spectrum of horror and suspense. There was something for everyone…erotica, vampires, ghosts, magic, fear, obsession and much more. I don't read many short stories but looked at this collection as a peek into what these authors can do. Looking for more stories by these authors and hoping for another anthology soon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    juicy brained intellectual

    it's unfortunate that dark dreams starts off on such a horrible note with zane's "resident evil," an awful amalgam of vampire horror and erotica, because i'm sure that it could be really off-putting to someone who picks it up at random. however, if you power through or just ignore the story, i'm finding that DD reads as a typical anthology--some meh stories, and some that really shine. "bras coupe" and "hair dreams" are my favorites so far. it's unfortunate that dark dreams starts off on such a horrible note with zane's "resident evil," an awful amalgam of vampire horror and erotica, because i'm sure that it could be really off-putting to someone who picks it up at random. however, if you power through or just ignore the story, i'm finding that DD reads as a typical anthology--some meh stories, and some that really shine. "bras coupe" and "hair dreams" are my favorites so far.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Murvin

    I found the collection boring.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Anthologies are a bit of a mixed bag: some stories you'll like, some you won't. This one's no exception. Anthologies are a bit of a mixed bag: some stories you'll like, some you won't. This one's no exception.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    I was very dissipointed. The First Story was barely a Penthouse letter's hack job with a vampire theme thrown in. More humor than horror. The Second was badly written with some interesting bits but again gratuitous sex. after the first two, I had to throw in the towel. I felt like I was punked. The second had an interesting premise, but the dialogue was horrible and it seemed very amateurish. I could not finish this and think it's a waste of time. I'm very sad about this because I thought it would I was very dissipointed. The First Story was barely a Penthouse letter's hack job with a vampire theme thrown in. More humor than horror. The Second was badly written with some interesting bits but again gratuitous sex. after the first two, I had to throw in the towel. I felt like I was punked. The second had an interesting premise, but the dialogue was horrible and it seemed very amateurish. I could not finish this and think it's a waste of time. I'm very sad about this because I thought it would be a good read from the promise of the forward by the Editor. Don't waste your time on this dreck.

  13. 5 out of 5

    She' M

    There are a few stand out favorites in this collection. L.A. Banks' 'If the Walls Could Talk', Terrance Taylor's 'Plaything' (reads like an episode of Black Mirror) and the one Tananarive Due wrote with her husband 'Danger Word' (there's a reason that one's last). Themes range from the very real horrors of slavery, to witchcraft and post-apocalypse horror. I look forward to reading more of these authors. Linda Addison's short story collection "How to tell if a Demon has Become Your Friend" has b There are a few stand out favorites in this collection. L.A. Banks' 'If the Walls Could Talk', Terrance Taylor's 'Plaything' (reads like an episode of Black Mirror) and the one Tananarive Due wrote with her husband 'Danger Word' (there's a reason that one's last). Themes range from the very real horrors of slavery, to witchcraft and post-apocalypse horror. I look forward to reading more of these authors. Linda Addison's short story collection "How to tell if a Demon has Become Your Friend" has been on the read list for awhile. I need to really hunt it down after the introduction to her writing I got from this collection.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I didn't realize these stories were going to be so short and plentiful. Not my favorite style to listen to, I might need to revisit in print/ebook form. They were odd and creepy, I didn't get a horror feel but maybe I have a different definition of horror than what it actually means lol I didn't realize these stories were going to be so short and plentiful. Not my favorite style to listen to, I might need to revisit in print/ebook form. They were odd and creepy, I didn't get a horror feel but maybe I have a different definition of horror than what it actually means lol

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    I liked most of the stories in this anthology. The first one kind of threw me off but most of the ones that followed were good to go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Ross

    There are no words to describe this book 🤦‍♂️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This is the first collection of original horror fiction by black authors. I plan to read the next two installments in the series as well. Editor Brandon Massey manages to assemble a very diverse cross-section of fiction, covering a wide array of themes and styles and content. We get everything from quiet introspective horror to splatterpunk and erotica. I suspect there will be few who like everything, but everyone should be able to find something that sings to them. Mine is “The Power” by Linda This is the first collection of original horror fiction by black authors. I plan to read the next two installments in the series as well. Editor Brandon Massey manages to assemble a very diverse cross-section of fiction, covering a wide array of themes and styles and content. We get everything from quiet introspective horror to splatterpunk and erotica. I suspect there will be few who like everything, but everyone should be able to find something that sings to them. Mine is “The Power” by Linda Addison, which is a story about childhood friendship with the unreliability of youth in the belief of magic. An excellent example of a perspective we see all too infrequently, and my hands-down favorite of any collection it appears in. Several others I found notable. I found “He Who Takes Away the Pain” by Chesya Burke to be an interesting indictment on faith healing. “Hair Dreams” by Joy M. Copeland was an excellent character study of a woman trapped by her circumstances, and what needs to be done to escape them. “Granddad's Garage” by Brandon Massey is a magical story about preserving history and tradition. “The Track” is a mean little story exploring the cultishness of dieting and exercise. “Siren Song” is a nice monster story by Francine Lewis.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Bookubus)

    A very mixed bag of short stories but worth checking out for the gems. Initially I read the stories by female authors for Women in Horror month, then I came back later and read the ones by male authors. Overall I enjoyed the female written stories more. My favourite of the whole collection was Hair Dreams by Joy Copeland. I also really enjoyed Empty Vessel by Lawana Holland-Moore and Dreads by D.S. Foxx. The final story, Danger Word, by Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes was excellent too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (FROM JACKET)IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT......few possess the courage to gaze into the dim corners of darkened rooms...to face what lurks in lonely places...to traverse the world of the dead. They are the gifted ones. Bear witness to their power as two girls call forth hidden talents to combat an unholy enemy. Sense it in the calm diligence of a solitary black soldier sent to probe a series of bizarre deaths in a Tokyo shattered by World War II. Smell it in the stingingly antiseptic halls of a hospital (FROM JACKET)IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT......few possess the courage to gaze into the dim corners of darkened rooms...to face what lurks in lonely places...to traverse the world of the dead. They are the gifted ones. Bear witness to their power as two girls call forth hidden talents to combat an unholy enemy. Sense it in the calm diligence of a solitary black soldier sent to probe a series of bizarre deaths in a Tokyo shattered by World War II. Smell it in the stingingly antiseptic halls of a hospital where a lonely janitor mops the floors by night, aware suddenly of a ghostly presence at his side. FEAR LIVES......and the cursed cringe. These are the bedeviled, the lost ones. Watch as they submit to the alluring songs of sultry sirens, only to be consumed by witchery on the scorched shores of a Caribbean beach. Feel the air thicken with dread just before dawn as a woman faces a chilling figure on an ominouw mission. Experience terror in every tingling tale of this spellbinding anthology. From family legends to African lore...from ancient horror reborn in the jungles of Brazil to mysterious treasure recovered in a surburban garage...from weird obsession to forbidden possession, these stories will make your blood pulse, your heart pound, and your mind race. So settle in for a long, strange night-but don't expect sweet dreams... *This book gets 1/2 star more simply for the last story "Danger Word" written by Steven Barnes & Tananarive Due. I find zombies TERRIFYING but am absolutely fascinated with them. I cannot accurately describe the feeling of d r e a d I felt when I realized Mike was a "freak". With the last story I found myself both excited to finish and just as eager not to...that to me is the best kind of read. I also found "Cum Onn, It'z Lovely Whether" by Anthony Beal very imaginative and enjoyable

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanetta

    My thoughts about this collection of short stories have changed in the weeks since I finished reading them. I enjoyed most of the stories as I read them. However, there are only three I would read a second time. Bras Coupe by Kalamu ya Salaam and Granddad's Garage by Brandon Massey were stories with protagonists and environments that I could vividly see and care about. The ending of each story is creepy yet satisfying. Danger Word by Steven Barnes and Tananrive Due was also in interesting read. My thoughts about this collection of short stories have changed in the weeks since I finished reading them. I enjoyed most of the stories as I read them. However, there are only three I would read a second time. Bras Coupe by Kalamu ya Salaam and Granddad's Garage by Brandon Massey were stories with protagonists and environments that I could vividly see and care about. The ending of each story is creepy yet satisfying. Danger Word by Steven Barnes and Tananrive Due was also in interesting read. Unfortunately, I didn't quite get what happened at the end of that story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Titilayo

    I got this book because i wanted to read Tananavarie Due and Stephen Barnes zombie story Danger Word before the short film came out. The rest of these stories were highly disappointing. I will say that Dreads by D.S. Foxx and he Who Takes Away the Pain by Chesya Burke were on point. Everything else was just okay and/or a nice try to cross genres. Not all that impressed or interested in adding these authors to my library.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Any one story where the author can manage to weave a Phillis Wheatley reference into a horror story, as Brandon Massey did in Granddad's Garage, is aces with me! A terrific collection of chilling tales, all of them good, many of them fantastic. I like stories that keep me thinking. Any one story where the author can manage to weave a Phillis Wheatley reference into a horror story, as Brandon Massey did in Granddad's Garage, is aces with me! A terrific collection of chilling tales, all of them good, many of them fantastic. I like stories that keep me thinking.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tiara

    reread

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anthony M. Brown

  25. 4 out of 5

    ✿Andrea✿

  26. 4 out of 5

    Veda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

  28. 4 out of 5

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