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Screams from the Dark

By Ellen Datlow & Ellen Datlow
Screams from the Dark by Ellen Datlow & Ellen Datlow digital book - Fable

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A bone-chilling anthology from legendary horror editor, Ellen Datlow, Screams from the Dark contains twenty-nine all-original tales about monsters.

WINNER of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology!

A Shirley Jackson and Locus Award Finalist! A World Fantasy Award Nominee!

From werewolves and vampires, to demons and aliens, the monster is one of the most recognizable figures in horror. But what makes something, or someone, monstrous?

Award-winning and up-and-coming authors like Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Indrapramit Das, Priya Sharma, and more attempt to answer this question. These all-new stories range from traditional to modern, from mainstream to literary, from familiar monsters to the unknown … and unimaginable.

This chilling collection has something to please—and terrify—everyone, so lock your doors, hide under your covers, and try not to scream.

Contributors include: Ian Rogers, Fran Wilde, Gemma Files, Daryl Gregory, Priya Sharma, Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Indrapramit Das, Siobhan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Glen Hirshberg, A. C. Wise, Stephen Graham Jones, Kaaron Warren, Livia Llewellyn, Carole Johnstone, Margo Lanagan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Evenson, Nathan Ballingrud, Cassandra Khaw, Laird Barron, Kristi DeMeester, Jeffrey Ford, and John Langan.

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6 Reviews

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“honestly, mostly a meh set. shocking for Datlow, and people like Das and Khaw still released great entries, but...”
“A horror anthology with 29 original short stories about monsters. I picked this up at the Barnes and Noble 50% off hardbacks sale back in 2021. The size put me off reading it for so long. While I respect that a lot of creativity and skill goes into making a short story, I do not tend toward them because I find they can be dissatisfying. Many of the short stories in here were difficult to get through due to writing style. This is my SPOILER FREE review! My favorites in this collection are: You Have What I Need by Ian Rogers I liked the world-building in this short story and just wish I could have more of it! I love a good vampire tale. The Virgin Jimmy Peck by Daryl Gregory This short story was a fun adventure that I really enjoyed. It was silly but enjoyable. What Is Love But the Quiet Moments After Dinner? by Richard Kadrey An unusual love story between two monsters. Dating apps suck but how else are two monsters to meet and fall in love? Children of the Night by Stephen Graham Jones This was pretty silly but I loved it. Stephen Graham Jones’s writing style is so distinct that it’s easy to pick out. This may have been one of the shortest ones, I wish there was more of it! The Smell of Waiting by Kaaron Warren This was a sad one that I ended up loving. The plot said more about humanity than monsters. Burial by Kristi Demeester Of course I had to include a feminine rage short story on my favorites list. Beautiful Dreamer by Jeffrey Ford So funny! The second I finished it, I was reminded of that line in Zombieland where Tallahassee says, “Thank god for rednecks!”. Blodsuger by John Langan Most likely the longest short story in the collection, I loved the background information and the conflict build up. It was engaging and exciting!”

About Ellen Datlow

ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. In addition, she has edited more than a hundred science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year series, The Doll Collection, Mad Hatters and March Hares, The Devil and the Deep, Echoes, Final Cuts, Body Shocks, and When Things Get Dark.

She’s won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre,” was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar.

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