The dark : new ghost stories

Format: Print Book 2003
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 808.83873 D
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  808.83873 D
Ghosts are among us. On the other side of death, the spirits of departed souls have been part of human myths and beliefs as long as anyone can recall. Some of the most powerful and affecting images in fiction are of ghosts, spirits, visitations from beyond the veil of death.Ellen Datlow, an editor whose stellar career has garnered her World Fantasy Awards, a Stoker Award, and a Hugo Award, has long been fascinated by ghosts. Now she has brought together an array of all-new, original ghost stories for the shivering delight of readers who are ready to be frightened.And that's no idle threat. These are not friendly ghost stories. This book is called The Dark because the editor asked her favorite authors specifically for stories that would provoke fear or disquietude, tales that would cause shivers down the spine and make readers want to keep a light on when they retire to bed for the night. The authors who answered her call compose an all-star cast of brilliant storytellers, including such award-winning, certifiably masterful authors as Ramsey Campbell,Jeffrey Ford, Charles L. Grant, Glen Hirshberg, Kathe Koja, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Sharyn McCrumb, Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, and Gahan Wilson. Frighteningly good writers. Each has penned a unique tale unlike any of the others. All have cast dark spells that are sure to inspire fear or unease in the hardiest of readers.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The ghost story is making a comeback, editor Datlow says. To prove the point, she presents 16 brand-new examples, agreeably varied in locale, period, and style. Jeffrey Ford's The Trentino Kid and Gahan Wilson's The Dead Ghost are faux memoirs, Ford's emotional, Wilson's characteristically wry. In the pitch-perfect The Gallows Necklace, Sharyn McCrumb exploits an interwar Oxford setting, while in The Hortlak, Kelly Link makes the most of the convenience store at the end of the world as we know it. In Death Valley in Mike O'Driscoll's Silence of the Falling Stars and in a not-so-old, dark house in Terry Dowling's One Thing about the Night, no ghost shows, but that doesn't reduce their chill factors. If a few entries flop, Lucius Shepard's novella-length Limbo more than compensates. About a retired thief who, on the run from his former boss, repairs to a cabin in the woods, this stunner reads like a collaboration between Elmore Leonard and British horror icon Arthur Machen; hard as the former, lush as the latter, it's a masterpiece. --Ray Olson Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ghosts with surprising substance flit through this sterling anthology of new weird tales, and most have purposes more sophisticated than the chain rattling and caterwauling of their old-fashioned forebears. In Jeffrey Ford's "The Trentino Kid," the ghost of a teenager serves as an instructive specter of unfulfilled promise for the aimless narrator. Lucius Shepard's "Limbo" features an obsessive romance between a spiritually deadened criminal, who can't tell life from the afterlife, and an enigmatic young woman who complicates his predicament. In Glenn Hirshberg's "Dancing Men," the ghost is the shadow of the Holocaust, which haunts a survivor of the concentration camps and becomes an indelible legacy passed on to future generations of his family. Even when more traditional ghosts appear, such as the grandfather clock animated by the spirit of a murder victim in Tanith Lee's "The Ghost of the Clock" and the lingering influence of a madwoman that terrorizes a child in Ramsey Campbell's "Feeling Remains," they have a psychological dimension that adds depth and power to their horrors. Datlow has cast her net beyond the horror genre's usual names and pulled in contributors whose stories are the equal of their best work, as well as mystery, fantasy and SF writers whose tales seem to be the ghost story they've always wanted to tell. Just as her anthology Blood Is Not Enough (1989) helped redefine the vampire for modern readers, this book is sure to provide a yardstick by which future ghost fiction will be measured. (Nov. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ghost stories, American.
Ghost stories, English.
Publisher New York :Tor,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Datlow, Ellen.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 378 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0765304449 (acid-free paper)
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