Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasyby Christopher Golden
Dark Duets is a feast of eerie and mesmerizing horror, thriller, and dark fantasy tales—an ambitious and unique anthology featuring biting and atmospheric original stories from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all collaborating together for the first time, including New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly/b>/b>
Dark Duets is a feast of eerie and mesmerizing horror, thriller, and dark fantasy tales—an ambitious and unique anthology featuring biting and atmospheric original stories from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all collaborating together for the first time, including New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stuart MacBride, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry and David Liss.
Penned by two authors—and in one case, a trio—who have never worked together before, the stories in this enthralling literary chemistry blend diverse elements and rich themes into mesmerizing and highly combustible tales that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored realms of the imagination.
On the night before Halloween, an unwitting young woman falls under the spell of a dangerous man—and into a terrifying multiverse—in "T Rhymer" by Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry. Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan explore the exquisite agony of eternal love in "She, Doomed Girl." "Welded" by Tom Piccirilli and T. M. Wright offers an unsettling vision of evil that infects and destroys lives.
Mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary, these bold and vivid stories offer a compelling survey of the supernatural world that is sure to frighten and enchant.
The premise for this unusual anthology is, unsurprisingly, twofold. The selections are all dark fantasy or horror (most trending more towards horror), and they are collaborations between authors who have never before written together. The tales generally succeed, with some real standouts, including Charlaine Harris and Rachel Caine's piece that pits a mother's love against a demonic force and a fable by David Liss and Robert Jackson Bennett about an ex-con offered a deal with the devil. There's a very weird and creepy story for those distrustful of cat ladies and another for those who think their GPS might be possessed. Less successful is the only tale written by a trio, the slight "Misters Before Sisters" by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. VERDICT Collected anthologies such as this can be a great way to expose readers to new writers, giving them a taste of the style of authors famous in the horror genre as well as offering them dark turns from well-known authors from other genres. This work proves that even those new to collaboration can make beautiful music together.
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Christopher Golden is the Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author of more than fifty books for adults. He has teamed with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola on baltimore, a WWI-era vampire novel, and is also the author of the teen novel soulless and the teen thriller series Body of Evidence, the first of which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Readers. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.
Tim Lebbon is the author of nearly thirty books, including the island and, with Chris Golden, the acclaimed Hidden Cities series. He is the winner of numerous British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award. He lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife and children.
Greg Ruth is the illustrator of numerous novels, picture books, and comics, including the Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars series. He lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts.
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