Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasyby Christopher Golden, John Lee (Narrated by), Anne Flosnik (Narrated by), Hillary Huber (Narrated by), Robertson Dean (Narrated by)
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.
The writers who collaborated on stories for this collection come from a variety of genres, and the quality of the tales varies greatly. "T. Rhymer" by Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry is a paint-by-numbers fantasy romance in which the hero fights monsters, while "Replacing Max" by Stuart MacBride and Allan Guthrie is a weird and horrific tale involving murder, kidnapping, and cat breeders. Unexpectedly, several of the stories have a strong humorous element. Chelsea Cain and Lidia Yuknavitch's "Hand Job" involves an argument between an appendage and the person to which it is attached, and "Sisters Before Misters" by YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black is a charming tale of three witch sisters falling out over a cute construction worker. These contrast strongly with the sometimes graphic violence and depravity presented in stories such as Tom Piccirilli and T.M. Wright's "Welded," which involves the victim of a horrific crime descending into a state similar to his attacker. The collection lacks cohesion, and it is unlikely that more than a few stories will appeal to the tastes of any one listener. On the other hand, the voice work by John Lee, Anne Flosnik, Hillary Huber, and Robertson Dean is uniformly good. VERDICT Recommended for the very open-minded dark fantasy fan. ["This work proves that even those new to collaboration can make beautiful music together," read the review of the Harper Voyager hc, LJ 1/14.]—Tristan M. Boyd, Westbank Community Lib., Austin, TX
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Meet the Author
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Of Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, and Snowblind. He has edited the anthologies The New Dead, The Monster's Corner, and 21st Century Dead.
John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. An AudioFile Golden Voice narrator, he is the winner of numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards.
Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi-award-winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. She has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Little Bee by Chris Cleave, and four Audie Award nominations.
Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded close to three hundred titles, spanning many genres.
Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in almost every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.
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