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Murder for Halloween

Murder for Halloween

by Michele Slung

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tricks and treats abound in this specialized collection from veteran anthologist Slung (Fever) and a pseudonymous fellow mystery editor. Ed McBain writes about a grieving widower who falls prey to thieving teenagers wearing Frankenstein masks. The old guy's plans for revenge go astray. Or do they? Cartoonist Gahan Wilson tells a slight tale about that old standby: neighborhood kids and the local ``haunted'' house. Some treats are better than others. Michael Z. Lewin is a mite too cryptic in the short form; Marcia Muller's PI Sharon McCone tracks the last moves of a jumper from the Golden Gate Bridge in a tense work that's only remotely connected to Pumpkin Night. The best loot of the lot is Peter Straub's novella, in which a tired black jazz musician, in a room with a slowly diminishing bottle, recalls a night long ago on the bad side of town, a white woman's screams and a death that did or did not occur. Straub displays extensive jazz knowledge and faultless narrative control from start to finish. Eat this one first. (Oct.)
Library Journal
These 18 haunting stories-some new, some not-range from Poe and Stoker to McBain, Muller, and Bloch and conclude with a new novella by Peter Straub.
Emily Melton
This compelling and highly entertaining collection of 18 tales includes stories from some of the mystery/horror genre's best-known and most-respected authors--from Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe to more contemporary figures such as Marcia Muller and Ed McBain. Stoker's story about a stranded tourist who narrowly escapes a horrifying adventure in Bavaria and Peter Lovesey's tale of a mysterious Gypsy curse that haunts a small English church are just two fine examples from this bountiful buffet of chilling short fiction. The title suggests that the book focuses on Halloween-related material, but the collection is diverse enough and captivating enough to be read at any time. A worthwhile addition to all mystery and horror collections.

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