Dark Screams: Volume Three

Dark Screams Volume Three Peter Straub Jack Ketchum Darynda Jones Jacquelyn Frank and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams Volume Three edited by Brian James Freeman a

  • Title: Dark Screams: Volume Three
  • Author: Brian James Freeman Peter Straub Jack Ketchum Darynda Jones Richard T. Chizmar
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  • Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy, disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the celebrated Cemetery Dance Publications THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub A mere child yet a precocious writer, youngPeter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy, disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the celebrated Cemetery Dance Publications THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub A mere child yet a precocious writer, young Freddie records a series of terrifying encounters with an inhuman being that haunts his life and seems to predict his death GROUP OF THIRTY by Jack Ketchum When an award winning horror writer on the downward slope of a long career receives an invitation to address the Essex County Science Fiction Group, he figures he s got nothing to lose He couldn t be wrong NANCY by Darynda Jones Though she s adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists and people are seldom what they seem I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE PEARSON by Jacquelyn Frank Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler She has no idea Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him even if he has to kill her to make her say it THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS STRETCH FAR AWAY by Brian Hodge When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline Whether it s tonic or toxic is another matter.Praise for the Dark Screams series A wicked treat featuring some of the genre s best Dark Screams Volume One is a strong start to what looks to be an outstanding series Hellnotes The editors have set themselves a high bar to meet in future volumes It s going to be a solid series Adventures Fantastic Dark Screams Volume Two is a worthwhile read and a great entry to this series If this upward trend in quality continues, we are sure to see amazing things in the volumes to come LitReactor Five fun to read stories by top notch horror scribes How can you lose The answer you can t Atomic Fangirl

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    About "Brian James Freeman Peter Straub Jack Ketchum Darynda Jones Richard T. Chizmar"

    1. Brian James Freeman Peter Straub Jack Ketchum Darynda Jones Richard T. Chizmar

      Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty four His short stories, essays, novellas, and novels have been published by Warner Books, Leisure, Cemetery Dance, Borderlands Press, Book of the Month Club, and many others His newest book length work of fiction is The Painted Darkness, which was published in December 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications The first printing sold out on the day of publication due to the strong demand and a second printing had to be rushed.Brian s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1994 including From the Borderlands Warner Books and all six volumes of the acclaimed Shivers anthology series Cemetery Dance Publications.Brian is currently the Managing Editor of Cemetery Dance magazine, where his column The Final Question appears His essays, columns, and interviews have been published in The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Book of the Month Club , Jobs in Hell, Hellnotes, and Cemetery Dance.Brian is also the publisher of Lonely Road Books where he has worked with Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Stewart O Nan, Mick Garris, Douglas Clegg, Ray Garton, and Kirby McCauley You can learn on the official Lonely Road Books website at LonelyRoadBooksBrian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers More books are on the way.

    892 thoughts on “Dark Screams: Volume Three”

    1. I received an email from this publisher, inviting me to Net Galley to download this book. Since I read the first two volumes and enjoyed them, I hopped right over to NG and downloaded this bad boy. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero by Peter Straub: I love Peter Straub or perhaps I should say I lurve him? Ghost Story was my favorite book for over two decades. But the story in this collection? I couldn't make heads or tails of it [...]


    2. I got a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Holy shit Dark Screams keeps getting worse every volume. I just remembered that I didn't even finish the second one because it was so bad. I apparently requested for the fourth volume. I'm really hoping it would turn out better than this. I don't think I'll ever finish the second volume though, it was just so boring.There are 5 short stories here. I gave two of them a 4, one of them a 3, and the other 2 a 1 star rating. The first short [...]


    3. I may not get any more review copies of Dark Screams after this review, but damn…this collection is a mess. I expected much, much more from the line up of authors. (Or at least the three that I was familiar with.)THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter StraubI really like Straub, but this was a total f*ckin’ train wreck. Mercifully, it was fairly short. 1 StarGROUP OF THIRTY by Jack KetchumReminded me a bit of James Newmans’ “Animosity”. It was just ok, but not really [...]


    4. 2.5DARK SCREAMS: Volume Three is a collection of five short stories, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. Unfortunately, I felt that the quality of stories in this volume was overall far below the quality of stories of its two predecessors.A quick rundown of the stories:1. "The Collected Stories of Freddie Prothero", by Peter Straub: This started with an interesting premise, but fell flat well before the conclusion, with near impossible to translate passages. 2*2. "Group of Thirty" [...]


    5. I liked the first two Dark Screams volumes and thought that at least two of the stories in each of them were excellent. I can't say as much about Dark Screams: Volume Three, though I will try to sum it upE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub: This might have worked if you could understand half of it. The stories are supposed to start out when the kid was five. Although they end when he is 8 or 9 the writing is only slightly more intelligible and it's still mostly just non [...]


    6. There's always a story that shines in the DARK SCREAMS anthologies: in number 3 my dark star candidate is NANCY bu Darynda Jones. This story opens in a high school in the most haunted town in America – ever wonder who decides that and how? I sure do. Anyway, a new girl comes to town and finds out just why the strangest girl in school is shunned. She's psycho, all right, among other thingsThe other surprise was Jack Ketchum's entry. Ketchum, known for writing extreme horror, penned a story that [...]


    7. I received an ARC copy of this e-book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I did not enjoy this installment nearly as much as One and Two. I didn’t think that there were any really strong stories in the whole volume.The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero by Peter StraubI love the writing of Peter Straub but didn’t like this at all. It was an idea that didn’t work, at least not for me. Sort of metafiction in approach, it is basically the diary of ch [...]


    8. I have to say, this series seems to be headed in the wrong direction. The last entry in the series had one fairly inscrutable story, as does this one, but in the case of this one it at least wasn't the longest story in the book. In this book it was Peter Straub's entry, and while I admire both the author and editors for trying to put something different out there, it just didn't work for me. The premise was a collection of stories written by a young boy, with the spelling and grammar yo would ex [...]


    9. ARC for review. I'm one for two on these short story collections, so I'm very hopeful!Well, BOO! This makes the score 1-2 to the negative for the "Dark Screams" anthologies. Like the others, this contains five stories, and unlike the others all are copyright 2015. "The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter Straub - this began as an absolutely great construct, reminiscent ofFlowers for Algernon and I was so looking forward to reading ituntil the collection itself. Annoying and sen [...]


    10. I received this from the publisher in advance for review. Another great collection of five shorts that will have you reading in one sitting. For me, all were worthy of praise. The Peter Straub was a bit hazy, but once you put your mind to the prose as the boy ages his language becomes clear. A eerie tale. Jack Ketchum's tale put me in the area of Harvest Home by Tom Tryon, but with a twist. Reading Darynda Jones for the first time ,has me wanting more of her tales, another fine choice by the edi [...]


    11. Five stories – one good one – Jack Ketchum’s dark laughter contribution – a Peter Straub that doesn’t quite work – a sort of s-f/fantasy take on Richard Matheson’s classic ‘Born of Man and Woman- and three others by writers I am unfamiliar with and will remain so – those three tales need rewriting and border on amateurish.Yet Jack Ketchum’s rich dark joke of a tale may be worth the price of admission.


    12. 3* Received from Netgalley.Not as good as Volume 2. The Peter Straub and Jack Ketchum stories aren't terrible but they are pretty minor in scope, even for short stories. The next two stories, "Nancy" and "I love you, Charlie Pearson" are not good. They seem cliche and more meant for the young adult reader.The last story by Brian Hodge is by far the superior story of the collection, I thought it was very good, original and dark.


    13. I have to give this anthology props for size. It fit perfectly into my thirty-minute lunch break. Sometimes these shorter works aren't quite long enough or are just a bit too long, which can be slightly unsatisfying. Unfortunately, everyone's reading speed differs so that aspect might not work quite as well for other people."The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter StraubThe biggest name in DARK SCREAMS: VOLUME THREE leads off the anthology. I mostly skimmed this story. I love p [...]


    14. The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero (Peter Straub)While the introduction to the short stories had me intrigued, the stories themselves were disappointing. There was too little progress recognizable in the writing of the boy, whose first story was supposed to be written at the age of five, the last three years later. At one point, I thought it was getting somewhere, a tale of a boy haunted by a stranger or maybe abused by a familiar person, but that idea was lost just like the story w [...]


    15. The third installment of the DARK SCREAMS anthology series offers up a variety of authors and tales to tantalize even the most jaded reader.The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero by Peter Straub===============================================================Peter Straub is generally considered to be a literary horror writer, and I generally agree with this sentiment. He begins this short with his usual aplomb with the preface to the collection that follows.Group of Thirty by Jack Ketchum [...]


    16. Third time's a charm for the Dark Screams anthology series.After an exceedingly strong opener, followed by a tepid secondary showing, I wasn't at all sure where this third volume would land. I should have known the likes of Ketchum and Straub would not steer me wrong.It begins with Peter Straub's "The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero," which was a breakaway from the usual fare in so much that the style in which the story was told had as much to do with the subject matter as the story [...]


    17. In Dark Screams volume 4, the editors bring together more thrills and chills with a super fun mix of horror big wigs and two ladies who are best known for their paranormal tales! They do hold their own quite well, I have to say! Here's the full TOC:Peter Straub: The Collected Short Stories of Freddie ProtheroJack Ketchum: Group of ThirtyDarynda Jones: NancyJacquelyn Frank: I Love You, Charlie PearsonBrian Hodge: The Lone One and Leven Sands StretchStraub's tale of a boy who seemingly foretells h [...]


    18. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I did not care too much for Dark Screams: Volume Two, but there were a few decent stories in it, so I decided to try Volume Three. Unfortunately, I did not really care for many of these stories at all. I enjoyed the last story the most, but unfortunately, I was disappointed in that story by its underwhelming ending.


    19. Another great volume of bizarre short storiesAlthough I wasn't as impressed with this volume as I was with the first two, it is still an impressive read. I like the diversity of the stories -- material that is new and ideas that are just plain bizarre. Because of that, it was a satisfying read. I am a fan of Richard Chizmar, and his compilations of these stories is impressive. Although the volumes are marked as 'horror' stories, I find them creepy in an entertaining kind of way. Fun stuff!





    20. A mixed bag. I rather enjoyed "Group of Thirty" and "I Love You, Charlie Pearson". The other 3 stories were OK but not as intriguing as the two mentioned.


    21. This review originally appeared at LitReactorlitreactor/reviews/bookshTitle:Dark Screams: Volume ThreeWho Wrote It?Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank and Brian Hodge. The anthology was edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, both of Cemetery Dance fame. More info here.Plot in a Box:A child writes of his encounters with a supernatural entity; a writer faces a group of his fans, who may have ulterior motives; a teenage girl reaches out to a haunted peer, and in d [...]


    22. “Dark Screams Volume Three” is a collection of 5 short stories written by Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank and Brian Hodge and was edited by Brian Freeman and Richard T. Chizmar to be published as an e-book by Hydra, a division of Random House LLC, New York. I received an advance reader edition of this book via Net Galley and Cemetery Dance Publications for the purpose of providing an honest review.“The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero”, written by [...]


    23. Editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar continue doing an excellent job with the Dark Screams anthologies. Volume 3 pulls together stories from another five big-name authors. Or at least I think they are big names; Darynda Jones and Jacquelyn Frank are the two authors from this collection that I hadn't read previously. Similar to Shawntelle Madison from DARK SCREAMS: VOLUME 2, both Jones and Frank are associated with paranormal romance books, a category which I don't normally read. Unfor [...]


    24. Volume 3 of the Dark Screams anthology series arrives with 5 more stories, 4 brand new and one (Peter Straub’s) that was published in 2013. Again, it’s a mix of the familiar alongside new authors, and each is different in tone and style. As a whole, this is the most consistent collection so far in the seriesE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter StraubStraub starts things off with a story that the reader really has to have some patience, as the stories are written by a boy st [...]


    25. The third volume in Freeman and Chizmar’s Dark Screams anthology series delivers the same high quality big name contributors as the prior two volumes. This volume features four original stories, published here for the first time, and only one that was previously published. Jack Ketchum’s new tale, “Group of Thirty”, is the stand-out and is an early contender for best short fiction story of the year. The nihilistic “The Lone One and Level Sands Stretch Far Away” by Brian Hodge is also [...]


    26. This is a review of an uncorrected ARC that I received from Cemetery Dance Publications for the purpose of posting a review for potential future readers. As with volumes 1 and 2, this book consists of five stories by five authors.The collection begins with “The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero,” by Peter Straub. I am a huge Peter Straub fan, but I was puzzled by this story. It collects the short stories written by Freddie before his untimely death at the age of eight. The stories [...]


    27. I love these collections. Honestly, I requested the first one from NetGalley because I saw Stephen King had a story in it, and he's one of my favorite authors, and then I expected to just like the rest of them. That, however, is not the case. Thanks to these collections, I know have way more books on my TBR list than ever. So, thanks for that."The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter Straub: This was, by far, the hardest story I've ever had to read. A collection of short stories [...]


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