Edited by Charles Black
Mortbury Press 2015
Reviewed by Mario Guslandi
The eleventh volume in the successful series edited and published by Charles Black continues to offer new, exciting material to horror fans, always with a distinct trend towards the more graphic aspects of horrific fiction.
The current instalment includes fourteen original tales penned by established authors in the field , whose contributions provide an effective source of shivers and disturbing sensations for many evenings of pleasantly scary reading.
Among the various stories assembled in the book, some have especially pleased your humble reviewer.
First of all I’d like to pinpoint “Two Five Seven” by Thana Niveau, a creepy tale where an old radio becomes the vessel to convey forbidden information about the relative of a little girl.
Another winner is Edward Pearce’s “ East Wickenden”, a sinister piece à la MR James, portraying a greedy man haunted by an inhuman creature seeking vengeance.
Equally worth mentioning is the excellent “Teatime” by Anna Taborska, a vivid horror story featuring a sadistic killer who finally gets his long due punishment.
Other, well crafted and accomplished tales are Stephen Bacon’s “Lord of the Sand” , depicting the well deserved fate of a stern former sergeant who served in Iraq, and David Williamson’s “And the Dead Shall Speak”, which revisits in an unusual way the time honoured subject of the séance by showing how a fraud gets in actual contact with a vengeful spirit.
The other contributors to the present volume are Tom Johnstone, John Llewellyn Probert, Kate Farrell, Stuart Young, David A Riley, Tony Earnshaw, Marion Pitman, Sam Dawson and John Forth.
Long live this hair-raising, delightful horror anthology series!