Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers

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In a truly distinguished collection of twenty superb, sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume, such acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction as Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Richard Laymon, Brian Lumley, Joe Lansdale, Whitley Streiber, F. Paul Wilson, and Chelsea Quinn Yarboro serve up a veritable feast of fear. For the first time ever, Dark Delicacies, the world's foremost horror bookstore, lends its famous name and imprimatur to an anthology designed to ...
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In a truly distinguished collection of twenty superb, sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume, such acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction as Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Richard Laymon, Brian Lumley, Joe Lansdale, Whitley Streiber, F. Paul Wilson, and Chelsea Quinn Yarboro serve up a veritable feast of fear. For the first time ever, Dark Delicacies, the world's foremost horror bookstore, lends its famous name and imprimatur to an anthology designed to please the palate of the genre's most discriminating fans. Throughout, the editors--Del Howison (co-owner of Dark Delicacies) and leading horror anthologist Jeff Gelb--present perfectly crafted, freshly original horror-fiction fare that is as terrifying as it is chillingly delicious.
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Publishers Weekly
If, as Howison writes in his afterword, "Horror has always been the blues of literature," then this anthology of 20 new tales of the macabre is an all-star concert whose performers work haunting riffs on gutbucket themes. In "The Reincarnate," Ray Bradbury makes a reanimated corpse the focus of a poetic reverie on death and loss. Clive Barker serves up a pastiche of the antique penny dreadful in "Haeckel's Tale," but with the traditional subtexts of sex and death unapologetically exposed to view. Supernatural and psychological horror interweave seamlessly in John Farris's "Bloody Mary Morning," a tale of modern horror with a classic Ambrose Bierce-style twist. In Ramsey Campbell's fiercely funny "The Announcement," a writer's psychological meltdown plunges him into a paranoid conspiracy distilled impurely from The Da Vinci Code. Howison, the proprietor of Burbank, Calif.'s Dark Delicacies horror bookstore, and Gelb, co-editor of the Hot Blood anthology series, have plundered their Rolodexes to recruit a formidable lineup of horror's top creative talents. Agent, Jabberwocky Literary Agency. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From Ray Bradbury's languorous meditation on death and what comes after ("The Reincarnate") to Clive Barker's grotesque story of sex after death ("Haeckel's Tale"), the 19 original stories commissioned especially for this collection revel in the macabre. Whitley Streiber portrays a grim near-future where horror and politics go hand in hand ("Kaddish"), while Lisa Morton tells a horrific story of "things" in the water ("Black Mill Cove"). Edited by the founder of the legendary Los Angeles horror bookstore, Dark Delicacies, and a leading horror anthologist, respectively, the volume features contributions by other distinguished writers in the genre, including Gahan Wilson, F. Paul Wilson, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Libraries with a strong horror following should add this dark gem to their collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty not-very-scary horror stories. The writers Howison (owner of the Los Angeles bookstore that gives this collection its name) and Gelb (veteran anthologist) have assembled are a mixture of the established (Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Whitley Streiber) and the striving, but none of them are able here to do the Poe thing, the Pit and the Pendulum thing, that ought to jumpstart the hackles. It's not that the collection is void of quality-there are two really good stories, one exceptional; the other well above average-yet, for differing reasons, both fail to scare. Nancy Holder's "Out Twelve-Steppin', Summer of AA" is full of wit and shine and wacky surprises. It's about a pair of rock stars who are also epicures of a particular bent-they're addicted to the joy of cooking human flesh. They realize that this at some juncture will run them afoul of the law, and so they decide to seek help. Posing as alcoholics-a more socially acceptable disease-they join a 12-step program. In spite of itself, it's a funny tale of cannibalism, and because it's hard to shudder while grinning, the creepiness factor is undermined. In David J. Schow's "The Pyre and Others," the theme is obsession. While it's too predictable to horrify, it does manage to haunt a bit. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, necromancers all get their due, though in an uninspired way. Sadly, nothing here goes bump in the night.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786715862
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Del Howison, founder of the world’s most famous horror emporium and bookstore, Dark Delicacies, has used his extensive friendships in the horror field to compile this anthology. He is an esteemed expert in the genre and has made cameo appearances in a number of horror films. Howison lives in Los Angeles.

Jeff Gelb is the leading anthologist in contemporary horror. He is the co-editor of the Hot Blood erotic horror series, which features multiple Bram Stoker award-winners. His anthologies have debuted new fiction by Stephen King, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, and Brian Lumley. He lives in California.

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