From Publishers Weekly
Horror tales to suit virtually every taste make this follow-up to the Stoker-winning Dark Delicacies
(2005) a fulfilling feast of fear. As with its predecessor, Howison and Gelb imposed no thematic restrictions on contributors, and the result is a refreshingly varied anthology of above-average quality. Peter Atkins's Stacy and Her Idiot, a wry exercise in supernatural noir, perfectly couches its horrors in the hard-boiled idiom. Joe R. Lansdale transforms man's best friend into his worst nightmare in Dog, a taut thriller that achieves the intensity of supernatural fiction in its riveting account of a maniacal dog's relentless pursuit of a human victim. In Barbara Hambly's suspenseful Sunrise on Running Water, a vampire passenger aboard the Titanic
struggles to avoid inevitable immolation the morning after the ship goes down. In addition to rare short stories from novelists Max Brooks and Robert Masello, the volume includes an eclectic mix of older and younger talents that ensures broad-based appeal to horror readers. (Oct.)
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"If, as Howison writes in his afterword, 'Horror has always been the blues of literature', then this anthology of 20 new tales of the macabre is an all-star concert whose performers work haunting riffs on gutbucket themes...Howison, the proprietor of Burbank, Calif.'s Dark Delicacies horror bookstore, and Gelb, coeditor of the Hot Blood anthology series, have plundered their Rolodexes to recruit a formidable lineup of horror's top creative talents."