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The darker side : generations of horror

by John Pelan;

  Print book : Fiction

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by billborre

"Unspeakable" by Lucy Taylor - A woman who is molested by her stepfather is given ordinary words during the act that she will associate with sexual stimulation. This experience makes her feel sex in shameful and in the absence of these words she is frigid. When she meets a thug that she is attracted to he makes her tell him what happened to her. He tracks her stepfather down, learns the words he used on his daughter, then stabs him to death. When he returns to her she is shocked to find that he has carved the words into his penis so that the scars would enable her to climax with him.

"Ten Bucks Says You Won't" by Richard Laymon - Kids bet one of their number that he won't go out to the cemetery after dark and defecate on the grave of a disliked teacher. The spirit of the teacher rises from the dead to seek vengeance.

"Pull" by Brian Hodge - A man that the neighborhood guys haven't seen for ten years returns to visit his dying grandmother and after she dies one of his friends contemplates how the neighborhood effects those who live in it.


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