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

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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 ...

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Overview

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 ominous 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 suburban 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...

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Publishers Weekly
Thriller writer Massey's strong anthology showcases 20 new horror and suspense stories by African-American writers, both established and upcoming. Massey evokes America's enduring black cultural heritage in his understated "Granddad's Garage," about a humble, peculiarly long-lived pack rat who collects such rarities as a signed copy of Phillis Wheatley's 1773 book of poems. Lawana Holland-Moore's "Empty Vessel" poignantly touches on the cruelty and tragedy of slavery. Hair is the focus of D.S. Foxx's brief "Dreads," the sensitive narrator's account of growing up in "a vanilla town, the darkest child in my school." In Patricia E. Canterbury's unsettling "Wild Chocolate," a married couple's visit to a remote Brazilian village leads to supernatural mischief back home in Oakland. Linda Addison plays fresh variations on the voodoo theme in "The Power." Colorful and highly idiosyncratic islanders' language enriches Francine Lewis's lyrical "Siren Song." "Danger Word," an apocalyptic SF tale by husband-and-wife Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, doesn't deal with race per se, but forms a lively end to a volume whose universal human themes will resonate with many readers. Agent, Sara Camilli. (Aug. 3) FYI: Massey's first novel, Thunderland, was a selection of the Black Expressions Book Club. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
These two collections both offer horror by African American writers. In Dark Dreams, L.R. Giles's "The Track" reveals a frightening new approach to weight loss; a black GI in postwar Tokyo discovers a horrendous secret behind a series of murders in Robert Fleming's "But Beautiful and Terrifying," and Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due deliver a heart-wrenching tale of terror in "Danger Word." From street-savvy, erotic horror to macabre suspense la Stephen King, this anthology showcases the best in horror and suspense by noted African American writers, including erotic author Zane. For most collections. From Monica Jackson's cautionary tale of the perils of achieving the perfect body ("The Ultimate Diet") to Kevin S. Brockenbrough's story of a family united against the monster in its midst ("The Family Business"), the six longer-than-average stories in Dark Thirst present very different approaches to the vampire story. Graphic violence and explicit eroticism limit these tales to adult readers, but libraries seeking to expand their selection of vampire fiction should consider adding this volume to their collection. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758207531
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Resident Evil 1
But Beautiful and Terrifying 18
He Who Takes Away the Pain 30
Bras Coupe 37
Hair Dreams 66
The Track 81
If the Walls Could Talk 100
The Fourth Floor 120
Empty Vessel 125
I, Ghoul 133
Dreads 147
Plaything 152
The Power 171
Red 191
Siren Song 210
Granddad's Garage 219
Wild Chocolate 232
Cum Onn, It'z Lovely Whether 245
The Gray Riders 265
Danger Word 276
About the Contributors 301
About the Editor 308
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Great storytelling.

    Tell the writers to do it again, this one had me looking out the windows, checking under the bed. Bravo again Mr.Massey great to read on those quiet dark nites. Don't turn off the lites. lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    'The Power' by Linda Addison

    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. 'The Power' is a terrific story. It is beautifully written and it touched my soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    Solid

    I was dubious when I saw the work was coming out--too much of the African American pool of work is ghetto fiction. I figured this would be another 'Tales from the Hood.' Boy was I pleasantly surprised. The fact that the erotic writer Zane was a headliner on the cover made me frown, but her story is solid as well. Tananarive Due, LA Banks, sci fi writer Steven Barnes and mystery writer Christopher Chambers have never disappointed me, and they do not here. Solid horror. Not great, but solid as any anthology put together by the likes of Clive Barker or Stephen King

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