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Haunted nights : a Horror Writers Association anthology
2017
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Halloween brings out the best in horror writers, as this fright-packed anthology of 15 new stories with Halloween themes demonstrates. In the novella "Lost in the Dark," John Langan conjures the legend of the monstrous Bad Agatha and a found-footage horror film based on it, exploring the boundary where fact blurs into fiction. Brian Evenson's "Sisters" concerns a family newly introduced to the Halloween tradition who are of a genuinely creepier ilk than the trick-or-treaters they mimic. Garth Nix, in "The Seventeen-Year Itch," introduces an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane whose new physician foolishly discontinues the practice of restraining him on Halloween night. Other authors, including Seanan McGuire, Jeffrey Ford, and Kate Jonez, extend the Halloween theme with tales of haunted houses, witch lore, and dangerously dysfunctional families. Editors Datlow and Morton have filled this book with an assortment of Halloween treats whose horrors transcend their holiday setting. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.<br> <br> In addition to stories about scheming jack-o'-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil's Night.<br> <br> "With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire<br> "Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones"<br> "A Small Taste of the Old Countr" by Jonathan Maberry<br> "Wick's End" by Joanna Parypinski<br> "The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix<br> "A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night" by Kate Jonez<br> "Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford<br> "Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong<br> "We're Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski<br> "Sisters" by Brian Evenson<br> "All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie<br> "A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard<br> "The Turn" by Paul Kane<br> "Jack" by Pat Cadigan<br> "Lost in the Dark" by John Langan<br> "The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little
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