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In Darkness, Delight: Creatures of the Night Kindle Edition
Predatory eyes flicker in darkness, a legion of abominations seeking human destruction. Slashing claws and gnashing teeth, hungry for flesh, eager to kill.
Clutch onto hope and pray for dawn. Creatures rule the night.
In Darkness, Delight is an original anthology series revealing the many faces of modern horror— shocking and quiet, pulp and literary, cold-hearted and heart-felt, weird tales of spiraling madness alongside full-throttle thrillers. Open these pages and unleash all-new terrors that consume from without and within.
The creatures are here. It’s now time to find . . . In Darkness, Delight.
- Josh Malerman: One Thousand Words on a Tombstone – Bully Jack
- Jeff Strand: The Last Thing You Want to Be
- Ray Garton: A Survivor
- Richard Chizmar: Father
- Mary SanGiovanni: The Giant’s Table
- Tim Curran: White Rabbit
- Christopher Motz: Scales
- Kev Harrison: Snap
- Evans Light: Gertrude
- Mikal Trimm: Infestation
- Mark Cassell: River of Nine Tails
- Mason Morgan: The People in the Toilet
- Andrew Lennon: Silent Scream
- Chad Lutzke: He Wears the Lake
- Adam Light: Valley of the Dunes
- Eddie Generous: The Newell Post
- Frank Oreto: The Worms Turn
- Gregor Xane: The Ugly Tree
- Kristopher Rufty: Hinkles
- Glenn Rolfe: Human Touch
- Curtis M. Lawson: The Green Man of Freetown
About Corpus Press:Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews, Hellnotes and others for its Bad Apples:Slices of Halloween Horror series, the anthology Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love, and for its short story collections and novellas.
Horror anthologies and collections from Corpus Press:
- Screamscapes: Tales of Terror
- Toes Up: Horror to Die For
- Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love
Halloween horror books from Corpus Press:
- Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories
- Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror
- Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror
- Bad Apples 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror
- Screamscapes: Tales of Terror
- ASIN : B07RGRSTTH
- Publisher : Corpus Press (August 5, 2019)
- Publication date : August 5, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5335 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #818,664 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
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I did have a few favorite stories that stuck with me well after reading them.
The collection opens with “The People in the Toilet” by Mason Morgan. A young boy is convinced that there are bad people living in the toilet. The boy is more afraid of the toilet than he is of his abusive father that makes the lives of the boy and his mother a living hell. A strong way to open the collection, this story might have you think about toilets a little differently.
I also really liked “Scales” by Christopher Motz. This one made me cringe with the gruesome accounts of a horrible flesh-eating infection that starts in his foot. And plenty of maggots. I’m not one who easily cringes, but when I put myself in the main character’s position, I felt a little green. But then other lines had me laughing so hard, I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. I love to laugh, so if someone can mix humor with horror in a way I like, then I’m a fan.
“A Survivor” by Ray Garton totally blew me away. One night, Robby’s father was bitten by a weird animal. He said it’d had more than four legs and moved so quickly it was like a blur. Then his father started changing, acting distant and sinister. This story was expertly packed with a dark, foreboding feeling throughout the whole thing, and an unexpected ending that was hard to shake off.
“Hinkles” by Kristopher Rufty was another one I loved. I was hooked right away because the “creature” was an animate stuffed animal named Hinkles. I watched Chucky at a really young age, so any sort of toy or doll that can move on its own really freaks me out. We also always had sock monkeys growing up, so I just imagined one of our own stuffed animals coming to life, like in this short story. There was a great mix of creepiness, violence and humor in this one.
Other stories I liked were “Gertrude” by Evans Light and “The Worms Turn” by Frank Oreto.
All of the pieces included in the anthology were well-written, so the quality of writing/editing was there. They just didn’t resonate with me, personally. It could very well be that the theme of the collection might not have been for me, but I’d hoped for more frights and scares than I got from the book. It’s still worth checking out if you’re a fan of short story collections.
While volume 1 was all "new to me" authors. This one had some familiar names. Chad Lutzke ( I have read all of his work ), Gregor Xane ( I have read 3 novellas ), Richard Chizmar ( I read Gwendy's Button Box ), Glen Rolfe ( I loved his novel "The Window"). Really, the point is that I wasn't going in to this one completely blind to the authors involved.
The stories covered a vast array of horror themes and based on the way my final 4 shook out - they seemed to escalate. I set out to pick a top 3 like I did for volume 1, but it was really hard with this one. The top stories were not as clear cut here. Many of them, I skimmed a 2nd time while considering these choices. I was left with not a top 3, but a final 4.
I will briefly touch on most of the stories in my video review, but here I will only mention my final 4.
4. The Newel Post - Eddie Generous - A bed and breakfast / boarding house is redoing the stairway and they have selected a tainted piece of wood, an evil newel post. This story is a hell of a trip.
3. River Of Nine Tails - Mark Cassell - Vietnamese river setting, world travelers, a little DiCaprio The Beach feel for me, River monsters, ritual sacrifice, and evolutionary themes.
2. The Green Man Of Free Town - Curtis M, Lawson - A husband is up for parole for being charged in the death of his wife and child, he believes that they were actually killed by "The Green Man", as sort of Woods monster, varying perception, repetitive line in the narrative that for me seemed to ratchet the suspense "This isn't how it happened."
1. The Giant's Table - Mary SanGiovanni - the setting is a large dolmen in the woods, a giant's table four 9 foot tall megaliths with a massive slab across the top. This stuff intrigues the hell out of me. I am quickly pulled into stories about things/places that are older than us, older than documented history. This story centers round the dolmen, what it needs. What is the purpose of this ancient structure? It seems to hum with energy, but surely that doesn't mean anything evil or insidious, right?