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Dark: A Horror Anthology Paperback – April 16, 2010
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There are some very effective stories in this collection, but too many are poorly written slogs that need the attention of a good copy editor, or at least a run through MS Word's grammar and spell check ('"Is this the right time for a knap, hun?"'). Even some simple peer review would have made for stories with less spelling and grammar irritations.
The sequence of stories seems haphazard, and the book is front loaded with two relative stinkers.
Zombies(Romero-canonical) as main subject matter of some of the stories call attention to their lack of invention and the sad over-popularization of zombies. With the Walking Dead covering the human side of a zombie apocalypse and Brian Keene a good example of writing for over-the-top gore, most of the attempts at zombie fiction in this book are of little interest.
Chilling highlights: "The Doom that came to Black Water", "Red Noise", "Copper", "A World Most Broken", "On the Porch"
Enjoyable: "Deep Lies the Murky Depths", "Contacting the Dead", "Redemption", "Palmistry", "The Worst Part", "Eight O'Clock Downstairs"
I agree with other reviewers that some editing couldn't hurt a second edition. But i would still recommend at least borrowing this anthology to horror fans.
Like many short story anthologies there are some stories that you wish, hope and pray would go on and on, because you don't want it to end. While others are excellent just the way they are with nothing more needed. You have exactly that in Dark. Again, as with all anthologies there were some stories that I enjoyed so much I re-read them almost immediately and there were a couple that, for me, a one time read will suffice.