Zombies can be so many things like brain dead monsters that are hungry for humans, but they can also be symbols or allegories. 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden is a collection of short stories that takes the idea of zombies in whole new directions though the flesh eating kind zombie is included as well. This excellent collection includes nineteen stories that have never been published before.
Travel writer Lea Sutter’s next assignment was on the island of Cape Le Chat Noir- infamous from the legends of the island’s dark magic with the living dead. Though it doesn’t matter if the legends are true when a hurricane slams into the island just after Lea’s arrival. After the storm, Lea wanders the island horrified by the destruction, but in the midst of the disaster she finds…
It started out as a favor for a special lady, but Pepper went too far and the favor turned into a fight, then Pepper was arrested, but instead of jail he ended up in a mental ward. He was to be observed for seventy-two hours and then could be released, but those hours turned into days and weeks. Pepper was trapped in a place where he didn’t believe he belonged, and it seemed his nightmare couldn’t be any worse, but it was because of the Devil.
A sadistic serial killer, Homer Gibbon, was executed for his crimes, but Homer didn’t stay dead. The prison doctor wants Homer to suffer so the doctor injects Homer with a drug that would keep his mind alive. Homer would be buried and later would regain consciousness and then die in a nightmare deep in the ground, but instead his body was sent elsewhere and not immediately buried. In a small town in Pennsylvania, Homer woke up very hungry.
After many years the Pumpkin Man is back, and this time he is killing his previous victim’s parents, but he’s also seeking a young woman, Jenn. There isn’t an obvious link between the killer and Jenn, except for Meredith: a witch with a connection to the Pumpkin Man and Jenn’s aunt. Jenn doesn’t know much about her Aunt Meredith, but now as her aunt’s sole heir…
From one story that has a machine that attracts the dead to another tale where a young boy must face a nightly visitor alone in his room, the classic ghost story is celebrated and explored in Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers. The idea behind this collection was to combine the ghost story with technology and to reflect the emerging new science of the Victorian era
An early morning phone call asks Chief Deputy Kimble which he would prefer to investigate- a homicide or a suicide. Later, Wyatt French is discovered shot. French was something of an eccentric who drank too much but was known for building a lighthouse not by the ocean but in the mountains of Kentucky.
Thirteen might be considered unlucky but in a collection of horror short stories it might be the perfect number. The Ones That Got Away is a collection of thirteen short stories by Stephen Graham Jones. Many of the stories take everyday or normal life events and masterfully twist them into disconcerting tales. Vivid and descriptive, these stories…
Four best-selling authors have applied their talents to the ghost story in The Ghost Quartet edited by Marvin Kaye. All the stories have ghosts with some bent on destruction while others are victims of fate, but beyond that each has its own disturbing story to tell.
The McNaughton Corporation is a force in the world with their inventions like airships and guns, and in the center of it is the city they created, Evesden. A sprawling city teaming with people who are either trying to find their fortune or more likely have given up hope. In the middle of it all is Cyril Hayes, a man with a secret talent
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