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

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

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by Brandon Massey
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - 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 - 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:
08/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.87(d)

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