Dark Screams: Volume One

Dark Screams: Volume One

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Overview

Dark Screams: Volume One by Brian James Freeman, Richard Chizmar, Kelley Armstrong, Ramsey Campbell

"Weeds" by Stephen King: When a meteorite lands on his property, Jordy Verrill envisions an easy payday. Unfortunately for Jordy, this is no ordinary rock-and the uncompromising force inside has found its first target.


"The Price You Pay" by Kelley Armstrong: Never pay more than you owe. Sounds like easy advice to follow. But for Kara and her childhood friend Ingrid, some debts can never be repaid . . . especially those tendered in blood.


"Magic Eyes" by Bill Pronzini: Edward James Tolliver has found a weary sort of asylum among the insane. He knows he's not one of them-but how can he tell anyone about the invaders without sounding that way?


"Murder in Chains" by Simon Clark: Imagine awaking to find yourself in an underground vault, chained by the neck to a murderous lunatic, a grunting goliath who seems more animal than man.


"The Watched" by Ramsey Campbell: Little Jimmy gets a glimpse of the cold truth when he finds out that it's not always what you see that can get you into trouble; it's who knows what you see.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494558635
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/2014
Series: Dark Screams Series , #1
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is an author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Many of his books have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books.

Kelley Armstrong is the bestselling author of a growing series of novels and novellas in the Women of the Otherworld series, the first two of which are Bitten and Stolen.

Bill Pronzini is a writer of detective fiction. He is also an active anthologist, having compiled more than 100 collections, most of which focus on mystery, western, and science fiction short stories.

Simon Clark is the author of the award-winning novel The Night of the Triffids, the award winning novella Humpty's Bones and the award winning short story "Goblin City Lights". Simon makes his home in England.

Ramsey Campbell is an author, editor and critic who has been writing for well over fifty years.

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

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Dark Screams: Volume One 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Karsun More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reader copy (arc) of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. First of all, I was so excited to get to read this because I love horror short stories and they did not disappoint. I'm familiar with Simon Clark, Ramsey Campbell, and of course, Stephen King so I already knew I'd most likely enjoy everything. However, one of my favorite stories was by an author unfamiliar to me, Kelley Armstrong. That story was among my favorites, if not the favorite, of the entire book. However, I did love each and every story and that's an honest opinion. This was a short anthology so the only caveat to my review would be that I wanted more. Thankfully, there are more volumes on the way, which I cannot wait to read.
klzinga More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoy classic horror this book is a must read. Having Stephen Kings 1976 tale "Weeds" in the anthology should be enough to warrant purchasing this book. But the other stories were just as enthralling, with plenty of twists - the way horror should be. These stories will keep you thinking about them long after you finished reading. I can't wait to see what Vol. 2 holds.
mikestrider More than 1 year ago
Dark Screams - Volume One This is a great collection of scary short stories. I was familiar with the Stephen King story 'Weeds' but the others were all new to me. The book finished up with two of the scariest stories in the collection and the last one is sure to be on my mind as I go to sleep tonight. This is the first book I have read with the intention of writing a review so please forgive if I ramble a little. The stories contained in Dark Screams are short and easy to read. Each one comes at you from a different direction and all are great reads. My past experience with collections has been a couple great stories surrounded by a bunch of mediocre stories. Dark Screams does not follow that mold. The most famous writer in this collection arguably has the weakest story. I'm really glad to have gotten the opportunity to read and review this book. I will be buying this when it goes to print and also the follow-up volumes. I truly love horror stories that are not a rehash of the same tale that's currently popular and I really like it when the good guy DIES !!! If you like spooky, you must read this book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The writing was wonderful.easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a quick read and several of the stories were a bit interesting at the start. But overall, left something to be desired and all but one lacked any sort of climax. Kind of frustrating...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent short stories, some with endings that left this reader wondering, "What just happened?'
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Dark Screams: Volume One is the first volume in a series of short-story collections. The short-stories featured in this particular collection are listed in order below along with their authors and my review. I gave the collection a rating of 4.10 stars, as averaged from my individual ratings below. Weeds – Stephen King ★★★★★ Loved this sci-fi themed horror story that very much feels like an old-school twilight zone episode. And it’s Stephen King! Enough said. The Price You Pay – Kelley Armstrong ★★★★ Very involved for a short-story. Dark, mysterious, engaging, thrilling... and with a surprising twist at the end. I liked it! Magic Eyes – Bill Pronzini ★★★★★ Loved this take on the mind of someone placed in an insane asylum. I felt like I was going a little bit crazy right along with him! Murder In Chains – Simon Clark ★★★½ For some reason, I experienced a bit of trouble consistently following this short story, but the ending definitely yelled “horror” loud and clear. Pretty freaky! The Watched – Ramsey Campbell ★★★ A haunting type of horror story that unfortunately I didn't feel very engaged in. I definitely felt the horror aspect of it here and there though!
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A must have! Stephen King adds his own mischief to the shadows already lurking in the deepest parts of your mind! Ready to grab you and send the fear shooting through your body until you scream! Watch out!
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Just so-so.
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Jdshields More than 1 year ago
I like these type of books due to my short attention span for much longer stories :) Plus I have been wanting to try some new authors. Loved the Stephen King story and others. Going to read Ramsey Campbell next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the Stephen King story but was disappointed with the others.
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Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A great collection to have you screaming, even if only figuratively!  This is, fairly obviously, the first volume in the Dark Screams series. It contains five diverse, dark, short stories by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell. They range from pure horror to psychological thriller to just plain creepy! As with most collections of stories by different authors the appeal of the stories varies but overall I believe the collection worthy of the 4 stars I’ve given it. Whilst I’ve read other works by some of these authors, this collection introduced me to others who I’ll look out for in future. No two stories in the collection are alike making this an anthology in which you’re not quite sure what you’ll be reading next! I’ll be watching out for future volumes in this series. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Stevieb58 More than 1 year ago
Very good read
Marcus_Hammond More than 1 year ago
Dark Screams: Volume One is a highly enjoyable, intense collection of horror stories that emphasizes the individual talents of the assorted authors.  Stephen King's "Weeds" starts the collection out with some wicked sci-fi horror revolving around a plant-like creature taking over a bumbling laborer with painful consequences.   While King's story may draw a lot of readers to the collection everyone must make sure to read every single story in this collection. Each one is as good as the previous, yet unique.  Kelley Armstrong (an author I've never had any desire to read) changes the tone of the collection with a twisted, psychological tale of revenge that is both surprisingly intense and thought-provoking.   Another highlight is Simon Clark's entry.  Again taking a significantly different tone than the rest of the stories, Clark investigates the dark nature of being chained (literally and metaphorically) to our own dark, twisted monsters. Bill Pronzini and Ramsey Campbell provide stories as well that are just as dark, twisted, and thought-provoking as the rest. If you're looking for some great reading late at night, definitely check out this anthology that's masterfully put together by horror-masters Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short collection of stories from Stephen King and four authors you probably don't know provides readers with diminishing returns. King's "Weeds" is, by far, the best of the bunch here and vividly depicts how curiosity and greed can consume our lives. "The Price You Pay" by Kelley Armstrong is a complex and twisted but nearly satisfying revenge tale, but the remaining three stories fail to conjure the same kind of excitement as the first two. Bill Pronzini's "Magic Eyes," set in a loony bin, could have been more effective had it been longer, and Simon Clark's "Murder in Chains" would fit better in an anthology of monster stories. This brings us to the final story, a nonsensical piece about a boy, a vengeful cop and bad neighbors. This initial volume of "Dark Screams" -- more are planned -- would have benefitted more without inclusion of "The Watched." Editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, both from Cemetary Dance (the genre's finest magazine) are off to a noble start, and their desire to give new authors a high-profile platform deserves respect. Here's hoping the "Dark Screams" anthology continues to include at least one anchor author and a handful of deserving new voices. The short eBook format is ideal for readers who want a quick dose of suspense or horror, and the editors are among the best in the business.