Dark Love

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There is no safe hiding place on this fictional turf where burning desire and dark terror meet, where ecstasy merges with agony, and eros and evil spawn unholy horror. Put yourself in the hands of twenty-two great modern masters of macabre imagination as they give new definition to being madly in love.
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Overview

There is no safe hiding place on this fictional turf where burning desire and dark terror meet, where ecstasy merges with agony, and eros and evil spawn unholy horror. Put yourself in the hands of twenty-two great modern masters of macabre imagination as they give new definition to being madly in love.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Love and death have been twinned in the horror genre ever since Poe imagined bedding his young bride in her sepulcher by the sea. Recently, several anthologies, spearheaded by Hot Blood (1989) and its sequels, have capitalized on horror fans' taste for the eros in thanatos. Dark Love may be the strongest such book yet. The first of its 22 original tales is a raucous Stephen King entry, ``Lunch at the Golden Caf,'' which takes a blood-smeared butcher blade to the notion of romantic love. Similarly subversive are Richard Laymon's ``The Maiden,'' a gleefully nasty riff on adolescent lust, and Ed Gorman's ``The End of It All,'' in which a man's reunion with his teenage crush inspires enough plot twists to fill a novel. Not all of the stories here work well. Some, like those by David J. Schow and Ramsey Campbell, are accomplished tales but seem to have only a tangential relation to the book's theme; then there's ``Locked Away,'' by Karl Edward Wagner, which isn't much more than a parade of pornographic images. By contrast, two of the three best stories here-Kathe Koja's ``Pas de Deux'' and John Peyton Cooke's daring ``The Penitent'' (which explores the netherland of pain and domination)-use graphic detail for provocation rather than titillation. The book's final story, Douglas Winter's ``Loop,'' about one man's obsession with a porno star, does the same, offering an insidiously seductive conclusion to one of the finest horror collections of the year. (Nov.)
Roland Green
The link between horror or dark fantasy, as those who want to endow it with greater respectability call it and eroticism seems to grow stronger every year and with each anthology of erotic horror that, like this one, showcases high-quality stories. Oh, they do go in for a certain amount of kinky detail, but the real emphasis here is on the psychological horror that can arise when relationships, natural or otherwise, go sour. Distinguished contributions come from Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Douglas Winter, Robert Weinberg, Kathryn Ptacek, and Lucy Taylor, and even stories that do not break new ground in what is already a heavily populated graveyard are eminently readable. If you want erotic horror as opposed to horrible eroticism, this collection puts out, so to speak.
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Twenty-two original tales of lust and obsession on the dark side, where burning desire and unspeakable terror meet. Authors include Stephen King, Stuart Kaminsky, Wendy Webb, Ed Gorman, John Peyton Cooke, Lucy Taylor, John Lutz, and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451455505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin H. Greenberg was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Lunch at the Gotham Cafe 17
The Psycho 55
Pas de Deux 63
Bright Blades Gleaming 80
Hanson's Radio 109
Refrigerator Heaven 122
Ro Erg 136
Going Under 152
Hidden 169
Prism 188
The Maiden 194
You've Got Your Troubles, I've Got Mine ... 220
Waco 241
The Penitent 248
Driven 271
Barbara 286
Hymenoptera 301
The End of It All 312
Heat 349
Thin Walls 359
Locked Away 375
Loop 392
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