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Stalkers Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1992
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If it was his goal to show Hollywood that there is a group of people still capable of being creative and original, Gorman -- who is one of the 19 writers that tread the fine line between terror, suspense and horror in this anthology -- was successful.
Beginning with big gun Dean Koontz and the novella "Trapped" (intentionally similar to his book "Watchers"), "Stallkers" starts off strong and -- for the most start -- stays that way. Of course when there are 19 short-story writers of various levels of talent and experience, there will be some efforts that won't please the palate of critical readers.
In addition to "Trapped," there are several stories here that made my cut, including the creepy and disturbing "Flight," by John Coyne, the appropriately titled "Stalker" by Gorman himself, and especially the solid "A Matter of Principle" by the mega-talented Max Allen Collins.
Of my favorite stories "A Matter of Firing," by John Maclay, fits most into the horror genre, while Richard Leyman's "The Hunt" would actually make a decent short suspense flick (after all, the new generation in Hollywood can hardly be expected to create anything out of thin air anymore). Ditto with James Kisner's "Mother Tucker," which would require a nod such as "inspired by the short story" in the credits.
If you enjoy short fiction and what I've written in this review doesn't put you off, you should end up satisfied after buying and reading this book.
Personally, my favorite is "Children of Cain".