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Horror story. Volume four, The year's best horror stories X, the year's best horror stories XI, the year's best horror stories XII

by Karl Edward Wagner;

  Print book : Fiction

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Selected story summaries   (2018-12-20)


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by billborre

"Every Time You Say I Love You" by Charles L. Grant (from X) - Ken is attempting to bring his wife Louise back from the dead but he's having problems getting her back quite the way she was.

"Touring" by Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann, and Michael Swanwick (from X) - Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Buddy Holly find themselves in a confusing afterlife.

"Wyntours" by David G. Rowlands (from X) - The Wyntours family are cursed to be plagued by a man-sized crayfish after an ancestor murders a Spanish cardinal.

"Broken Glass" by Harlan Ellison (from X) - A woman traveling on the bus is attacked by a male telepath who rapes women mentally.

"The Grab" by Richard Laymon (from XI) - A barkeep keeps the zombie head of a cannibal in a fish tank and places a 1000 dollar diamond ring in its mouth so that patrons can have the chance to extract it for ten bucks. The sting in the tail occurs when the protagonist realizes the head isn't dead and the bar's regulars, several with mutilated hands, force him to participate after a failed attempt from his predecessor saying "Maybe you'll have good luck. Alf's a lot more tame after a good meal."

"I Hae Dream’d a Dreary Dream" by John Alfred Taylor (from XI) - Percy encounters a group of zombies when he climbs down into the Pass of the Dead.

"3:47 AM" by David Langford (from XII) - Dekker has the same bad dream before waking every night at 3:47 and begins to wonder if the sweat shop worker who assembled his cheap clock placed a curse upon it.

"Spring-Fingered Jack" by Susan Casper (from XII) - A man practices murder at night in order to become proficient enough to beat a computer simulation based upon the crimes of Jack the Ripper.

"One for the Horrors" by David J. Schow (from XII) - A haunted movie theater shows excellent prints of horror films with footage that was never present in the originals.

"The Flash! Kid" by Scott Bradfield (from XII) - Rudy is a boy who becomes victimized by an alien device he discovers and touches.


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