This tenth entry in the Dark Screams series offers up six short stories that vary from an underground bunker of kids fighting a war to a chance encounter with a stranger who seems frighteningly familiar, offering a little something for everyone.
Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch are the authors chosen for this compilation, and they produce their own takes on what horror is. The collection is edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.
My favorite was Bastion by Simon Clark, which is a cross between the Maze Runner and Alien. I enjoyed the sci-fi influence in this novella-length story about a group of young boys who are fighting a war in an underground bunker against alien foes. The twist at the end added an extra layer to the story. It’s longer than most stories in this series, but riveting.
I also enjoyed The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman. A young woman named Natalie is eating alone in a restaurant one night when a strange woman intrudes on her dinner. She is quite pushy and seems to know more about Natalie than she would if this were really just a chance encounter. This story had a Twilight Zone feel to it and took me someplace I wasn’t expecting.
Overall, Dark Screams: Volume Ten is another solid entry in the Dark Screams series for horror fans.
Disclaimer: I received a ebook copy of Dark Screams: Volume Ten for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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