Dark Screams: Volume 5
Featuring Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little
Richard Chizmar and I joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to launch a series of horror eBook anthologies that collects stories by the best authors in the business. Each volume features different types of chills and thrills, a little something for every type of horror fan, and this page is for Dark Screams: Volume Five.
About the Book:
Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread in Dark Screams: Volume Five, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the esteemed Cemetery Dance Publications.
EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED by Mick Garris
It was supposed to be the night of his life: a celebration of his one hit slasher flick. But the price of admission is higher than this has-been filmmaker ever could have imagined.
THE ONE AND ONLY by J. Kenner
When he was seven, Will Underwood’s nanny told him she had the Sight. Years later, a broken heart sends him to New Orleans . . . but it’s fate that leads him to Madame Darkling’s Voodoo Emporium.
THE LAND OF SUNSHINE by Kealan Patrick Burke
Although she was mute long before the affair that nearly wrecked their marriage, her silence has tortured her husband ever since. Now he will seek out what he has lost—or be driven mad by remorse.
MECHANICAL GRATITUDE by Del James
Arnold loves his ’68 Camaro almost as much as he loves his wife, and he’s willing to do anything to protect them both—especially after hearing strange noises coming from his garage.
THE PLAYHOUSE by Bentley Little
A real-estate agent is drawn into a children’s playhouse behind an abandoned property she’s trying to sell—and finds herself strangely reluctant to leave.
Reviews & Praise:
“Freeman and Chizmar’s fifth horror anthology runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales… The crown jewel is Kealan Patrick Burke’s luminous ‘The Land of Sunshine,’ about a husband guilty of infidelity who gives the ultimate gift to win his wife’s forgiveness. Another standout is Mick Garris’s gonzo ‘Everything You’ve Always Wanted,’ a gory, darkly funny tale about a has-been movie director who meets the woman of his dreams at a horror convention, with disastrous results… Loosely tied together with themes of broken hearts and wayward love, this collection will satisfy most horror fans.”
— Publishers Weekly
“I feel I’m beginning to sound redundant with these Dark Screams reviews, but I cannot help showering praise on every single installment in this ongoing series, with this latest being no exception. I suppose it’s no surprise given the editors Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman, who have certainly proven their merit as publishers of quality horror fiction with Cemetery Dance Publications over the years. And yet, the consistency of said quality contained within these digital pages never ceases to amaze.”
— Christopher Shultz, LitReactor
• Hydra / Random House
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
• Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 15, 2015