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Volume Ten
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Volume Ten
Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.
BASTION by Simon Clark
The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the face of a fearsome enemy, unwaveringly devoted to each other—and young enough not to ask any questions.
ON AMEN'S SHORE by Clive Barker
Beisho Fie and Rutaluka make their living off of legends and poems, fantasies and rumors. But on the shores of Joom's harbor, they come face-to-face with the horrifying reality behind the myth.
THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman
Natalie moved to a small Minnesota lake town to relax, heal, and start a family. A chance encounter with a strange old woman shouldn't change that—even if the woman has something Natalie would do anything to get.
SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White
Every seven years, all the cells in our bodies regenerate, so we're barely even the same person anymore. And yet we can't change our past—or escape repercussions for the things we've done.
DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle
A chance meeting in a coffee shop. A smile shared over a book. They say the soul of a poet holds unseen depths . . . but certain truths are hidden for a reason.
THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
In a back-alley saloon, D tends bar for others like her. She's been there since the night she stumbled in, broken and alone—just like the man who stumbles in tonight.
Praise for the Dark Screams series
"A wicked treat [featuring] . . . some of the genre's best."—Hellnotes, on Volume One
"Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can't."—Atomic Fangirl, on Volume Two
"If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself."Examiner.com, on Volume Three
"Fans of horror of every variety will find something to love in these pages."LitReactor, on Volume Four
"[Volume Five] runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales."Publishers Weekly
Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.
BASTION by Simon Clark
The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the face of a fearsome enemy, unwaveringly devoted to each other—and young enough not to ask any questions.
ON AMEN'S SHORE by Clive Barker
Beisho Fie and Rutaluka make their living off of legends and poems, fantasies and rumors. But on the shores of Joom's harbor, they come face-to-face with the horrifying reality behind the myth.
THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman
Natalie moved to a small Minnesota lake town to relax, heal, and start a family. A chance encounter with a strange old woman shouldn't change that—even if the woman has something Natalie would do anything to get.
SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White
Every seven years, all the cells in our bodies regenerate, so we're barely even the same person anymore. And yet we can't change our past—or escape repercussions for the things we've done.
DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle
A chance meeting in a coffee shop. A smile shared over a book. They say the soul of a poet holds unseen depths . . . but certain truths are hidden for a reason.
THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
In a back-alley saloon, D tends bar for others like her. She's been there since the night she stumbled in, broken and alone—just like the man who stumbles in tonight.
Praise for the Dark Screams series
"A wicked treat [featuring] . . . some of the genre's best."—Hellnotes, on Volume One
"Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can't."—Atomic Fangirl, on Volume Two
"If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself."Examiner.com, on Volume Three
"Fans of horror of every variety will find something to love in these pages."LitReactor, on Volume Four
"[Volume Five] runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales."Publishers Weekly
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  • From the book The Woman in the Blue Dress
    by Heather Herrman

    It all began with the woman.

    She approached me over dinner, and I saw that she was older than me—sixty, maybe seventy at the outside. Gray-haired, with dark-rimmed eyes, she wore a navy-blue cocktail dress, the shoulders folded down neatly. There was something familiar in seeing her, but it was only before I talked to her that I thought this. When we spoke I knew that I'd never met her before.

    "Lake trout?" she asked, looking down at my plate. My husband was away working for the night and would be gone, probably until near midnight. He was renovating an old hotel, a good purchase made by us just last year in the hopes of flipping the property to some ambitious foreign buyers. Grand Marais was a tourist town located in the Northwoods of Minnesota—a kind of Nordic paradise resting on the shores of a sealike Lake Superior. In the summer, entire hordes of visitors from the Twin Cities ascended north, seeking a reconnection to their inner wildman.

    We'd gotten the hotel for a song in the sludgy economy, but in order to capitalize on the upcoming tourist season, the hotel needed to be up and ready within two months, sold within three. All of this meant that I was spending the off-season mostly alone, albeit alone with adequate spending money and a beautiful rented cabin in town from which to watch that sealike lake.

    "Lake trout, yes," I confirmed. The woman didn't move away, but stood looking down at my plate. Around her neck hung a fat necklace, its chain gold, a dark blue sapphire hanging like a grub caught in some spider's filigreed web. It was the very same necklace, though I didn't know it then, that my husband would surprise me with that night.

    "Is it good?"

    "Delightful," I said, digging into another bite with my fork, though it was mostly for show. The truth was, I hadn't been hungry all night, not for the last several days, though the restaurant was the best in the area.

    "I always wonder," she said. People were beginning to push past her now with irritated looks. The restaurant, named Fish Hash, wasn't a large one, but even in off-season it was popular, people waiting up to an hour to get a table. I'd come at four, just to miss the wait, but people were eyeing my table hungrily in the huddle by the door, and I knew that I, alone and taking up an entire table, didn't dare have a leisurely dinner.

    "May I . . ." the woman asked, gesturing at the empty chair across from me. In truth, I'd almost forgotten she was there, my mind wandering as I'd found it doing so often in the week since coming here, almost to the day, in fact, me walking around like I had a cotton ball tucked around my brain.

    "Certainly," I said, because what else could one say when asked such a question? Besides, having another person at the table might make my presence at it less offensive to the large groups waiting. The woman pulled out the chair and sat quite comfortably down, motioning for a waiter, quite as if she had been expected all along. The waiter came over, and she ordered a glass of something called Minnestalgia, a sweet, raspberry-flavored wine, and an unexpected favorite of my own.

    "I don't usually go in for such things," she said, leaning conspiratorially across the table. Her left hand was bare, but I could see a barely discernible line where a ring, very recently, had been removed. When she saw me staring at it, she quickly removed her hand from the table and cleared her throat.

    "I usually like the full-bodied wines," she said. "I'm almost embarrassed to fall into this sweet Minnesotan palate." She laughed, and there, for just an instant,...
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  • Brian James Freeman is the general manager of Cemetery Dance Publications and the author of The Echo of Memory, The Suicide Diary, The Halloween Children (with Norman Prentiss), The Painted Darkness, and Blue November Storms. He has edited several anthologies including Detours, Reading Stephen King, and Halloween Carnival, and with Richard Chizmar he co-edited Killer Crimes and the Dark Screams series. He is also the founder of Books to Benefit, a specialty press that works with bestselling authors to publish collectible limited-edition books to raise funds and awareness for good causes.
    Richard Chizmar is the founder, publisher, and editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and Cemetery Dance Publications. He has edited more than a dozen anthologies, including The Best of Cemetery Dance, The Earth Strikes Back, Night Visions 10, October Dreams (with Robert Morrish), and the Shivers series.
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