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  • Series: Read by Dawn (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954947673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954947675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adèle Harley has directed ‘Dead by Dawn’, Scotland’s International Horror Film Festival, for 13 years.

Ramsey Campbell’s first novel was published in 1976. Since then he has published many novels and hundreds of short stories.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas Cook on November 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
READ BY DAWN: Volume 1

This has been a great year for anthologies. First we got Lee and Wilbanks' knock out collection, "Damned Nation", and then Skipp's long awaited zombie anthology, "Mondo Zombie", and now from Bloody Books we have READ BY DAWN. Put together by Adele Hartley, Director of "Dead By Dawn", Scotland's International Horror Film Festival, the anthology showcases writers from around the world, including Finland, America, Scotland, Canada, and Australia. If there is an international language for horror, this anthology is it. Among the 30 stories within, I consider only a few to fall into the mediocre category, most go straight to my favorite short stories of the year list. If this collection doesn't sweep the International Horror Guild and the Stokers awards next year, and get some respectable page space in Ellen Datlow's "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror", there is no justice.

Some of my particular favorites- I mean the ones that downright made me gasp aloud or shiver while reading them- were "Bloodwalker" by Michelle Lee, an alternative universe tale of practical evil, "The Face in the Glass" by Brian G. Ross, and Rayne Hall's "The Bridge Chamber" (take that, The Descent). I'd also like to call attention to Samuel Minier's "Stuck" as a particularly well-written piece, subtle and heart wrenching, even to the bloody end. And I liked the way Lavie Tidhar takes the Alice In Wonderland theme across the world and plops it into war torn Germany in "Eine Kleine Nachmusik (1943)". But I think if I had to choose a favorite it would be "The Kylesku Trow" by Stefan Pearson; the tale's last riddle will haunt me for many years to come.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jason Lush on October 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Read by Dawn is a delightful anthology of horror stories, from moody and atmospheric to wicked, cruel, amusing and oh-my-god-they-went-there. It's a book to have and keep and read over and over. I highly recommend it for horror fans everywhere.
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I like short stories for a number of reasons. Limited in length they get straight to the point, you get a large variety of ideas and themes in one book, and most importantly, you get that tinge of excitement every time you start a new story, not knowing what's instore. This is book 1/3 in the series, and they certainly cram it full with 26 stories and 2 poems. The stories range from the unsettling, to the horrifying, to the sad. For me there were four outright gems, but all were good and brought something gruesome to the book. Here's what you get -

1) The Colour In The Jar (8/10) Two petty criminals find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
2) Last Day On The Job (10/10) Breathing the air can be deadly in this bleak "end of the world" tale.
3) Bloodwalker (8/10) Sickening story which asks whether the laws which protect people also protect those not so human.
4) The Face in the Glass (10/10) Every parents nightmare reflected in just 2 pages.
5) The Seventh Green at Lost Lakes (7/10) Deal goes very wrong on the golf course that bites back.
6) Zombie Fishing Trip (4/10) Weird poem.
7) The Bridge Chamber (9/10) A tale where what goes down doesn't always come back up.
8) Lessons (9/10) If rules are broken then punishment is the only answer in this murderous family.
9) Popee (6/10) Amusing "zombie in the family" story.
10) Before You Say Anything (6/10) Leaving home can be a nasty affair.
11) The Bride wore Black (5/10) A bride of Frankenstein poem.
12) The Sutherland King (7/10) Baking competition is a serious business for two sisters, sometimes an extra ingredient is needed.
13) Payday (7/10) Dark story where the job being done is definitely not 9-5.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. T. Richards on January 15, 2007
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I was particularly impressed with Scott Brendel's contribution, The Seventh Green AT Lost Lakes. I thought it was a well written, suspenseful, and interesting.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Shultz on November 4, 2006
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Read by Dawn was a fascinating read. Michele Lee rocks socks. Various dark and chilling stories to keep you up and looking at shadows all night long.
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