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Dark Screams Volume 1    edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmer order for
Dark Screams Volume 1
by Brian James Freeman
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 2015 (2015)
CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Freeman and Chizmer have both had a long association with Cemetery Dance and have put together this collection knowing what kind of stories grab readers' attention.

Stephen King kicks it off with The Weeds, where a farmer's hoarding of a meteorite brings unforeseen consequences. Kelley Armstrong's The Price You Pay takes childhood friendship to a new extreme. In Magic Eyes, hiding in an asylum to avoid invaders might not have been the best choice. In Simon Clark's Murder in Chains, a man finds himself chained to a rampaging lunatic with no way out. And in The Watched by Ramsey Campbell, a little boy discovers that keeping secrets has a price.

Dark Screams packs a nice little punch, although some King fans might be disappointed once they realize that Weeds is a reprint from one of his earlier anthologies. Happily, it's just as creepy the second time around. Armstrong delivers another strong entry, as does Simon Clark. My only quibble is that the collection was far too short!

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