The best anthology editors inspire their writers to stretch their abilities, to pull their writing craft up another notch. It's evident from Darkside: Horror for the Next Millennium that John Pelan is such an editor. This anthology of 30 tales serves up one smart, biting story after another. It reaches across preexisting boundaries into the possible future of horror with such assurance it invites comparison to Dennis Etchison's The Cutting Edge or Thomas Monteleone's Borderlands. All of the stories are original, some by established masters such as Steve Rasnic Tem, Lucy Taylor, and Thomas Ligotti, and quite a few others by promising newcomers such as Wayne Edwards, Brian McNaughton, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Christa Faust. The stories range from those with striking premises--a poet who writes his best poems on the skin of a woman, poems that can only be captured in photographs because of how quickly they fade--and those that reinvent familiar themes through the wit and verve of their execution.|
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Prepare yourself for a chilling excursion to the dark side of fiction through the most frightening places that linger just beyond the imagination. With its haunting tales of dread that will stab an icy shaft of fear straight into your very soul, Darkside: Horror For the Next Millennium is modern macabre fiction at its very best. Welcome to the new definition of terror.... *
Features tales by Bram Stoker Award winners Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, and Elizabeth Massey, and two-time Bram Stoker Award nominee Lucy Taylor *
Also contains stories by such noted authors as Caitl'n R. Kiernan, Wayne Edwards, Adam-Troy Castro, Thomas Ligotti, Robert Petitt, Lauren Fitzgerald, K.K. Ormond, Sean Doolittle, Steve Rasnic Tem, Sue Storm, D.F. Lewis, Roman Ranieri, Christa Faust, Brian McNaughton, S. Darnbrook Colson, Alan M. Clark,Jeffrey Osier, Yvonne Navarro, Deirdra Cox, James S. Dorr, Brian Hodge,Larry Tritten, Roberta Lannes, Wayne Allen Sallee, t. Winter Damon,Randy Chandler, Robert Jo Levy, and David Bo Silva.