Darkness, both literal and psychological, holds its own unique fascination. Despite our fears, or perhaps because of them, listeners have always been drawn to tales of death, terror, madness, and the supernatural, and no more so than today when a wildly imaginative new generation of dark dreamers is carrying on in the tradition of Poe and Lovecraft and King, crafting exquisitely disturbing literary nightmares that gaze without flinching into the abyss - and linger in the mind long after.
Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow knows the darkest corners of fiction and poetry better than most. Once again, she has braved the haunted landscape of modern horror to seek out the most chilling new works by both legendary masters of the genre and fresh young talents. Here are twisted hungers and obsessions, human and otherwise, along with an unsettling variety of spine-tingling fears and fantasies. The cutting edge of horror has never cut deeper than in this comprehensive showcase of the very best the field has to offer. Enter at your own risk.
©2013 Ellen Datlow; 2013 Night Shade Books (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 09-03-18

A Marriage made in Heaven/Characters from Hell

Daniel Thomas May has just the right voice for this collection: it's deep and pleasant, and he reads intelligently and without overdoing the menace. The stories are engaging: usually either creepy or clever and often both. As you'd expect, there are a couple of duff entries, but overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable and unusual listen. The first story in particular, set in the Skeleton Coast (Lucy Taylor's "Nikishi") introduces both an all-too-plausible villain and a dreadful Nemesis. As soon as I finished listening to it, I found myself wanting to read more about the region ("The Land God Made in Anger") and the mythology of the people who live there. "Pig Thing" was another story where the landscape (in this case, the Australian outback) is every bit as menacing as the monster itself. I found my mind drifting back again and again to these stories in the days after I finished reading them, imagining the events in the landscape, and, naturally, other possible outcomes or resolutions. This is a great blend of the perfect narrator and stories that beg to be read aloud.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dionne E Chester on 01-04-15

Largely forgettable

I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would. None of the shorts were horrifying. Many were what I considered ok but I want more from my reads than just ok. A good handful were senseless and left me asking "why?". Not one I will listen to again.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Igrat777 on 06-04-15

good example of a narrator making all the diff

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Very interesting stories by some of the best writers in horror fiction. These stories were made even more wonderful by the narrator. He is PHENOMENAL. I cannot compliment him enough. There were some fabulous stories here and then there were some okay stories that Mr. May's narration made fabulous.

Okay, I'll stop gushing over the narrator now and say a little something about the stories.... I found about 95% of them to be really really good. Obviously, a few really stood out, like "Little America" and "The House on Ashley Ave." (of which I could have read more of - I hope the author is going to write a novel about the very interesting Meerfield Group). There were 2 or 3 stinkers, but overall this anthology is well worth the money.

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