Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
In this volume of Night Terrors, the selections of monsters continues to expand. There is a story where winter itself is the monster - and having spent most of my life in the Great Lakes Region I can definitely relate to this notion. In a couple of them, the monster is ourselves. The bottom line is that you don't need ghosts or zombies or vampires to scare the feces out of a reader. What it does require is a well honed skill on the part of the writers to bring these beasties to life and the lineup here has this skill in spades. There may have been one or two of them that fell a bit short, at least according to other reviewers, but the overall quality of these stories is first rate. I think there is a huge need, and demand, for short stories. Don't get me wrong, I love novels (and usually the longer the better), but so much can be said in the short story format. The writers need to get to the point quickly and that eliminates the problem of having too much "fluff" in the story. Those who overlook short stories for whatever reason are missing much, in my opinion. These Scare Street anthologies are an excellent place to get introduced to the short story. Give them a try.