Dark Delicacies

Dark Delicacies In a truly distinguished collection of twenty superb sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume such acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction as Clive Barker Ray Bradbury R

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  • Title: Dark Delicacies
  • Author: Del Howison Richard Matheson Ray Bradbury Lisa Morton Whitley Strieber Robert Steven Rhine D. Lynn Smith F. Paul Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780786715862
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a truly distinguished collection of twenty superb, sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume, such acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction as Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Richard Laymon, Brian Lumley, Joe Lansdale, Whitley Streiber, F Paul Wilson, and Chelsea Quinn Yarboro serve up a veritable feast of fear For tIn a truly distinguished collection of twenty superb, sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume, such acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction as Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Richard Laymon, Brian Lumley, Joe Lansdale, Whitley Streiber, F Paul Wilson, and Chelsea Quinn Yarboro serve up a veritable feast of fear For the first time ever, Dark Delicacies, the world s foremost horror bookstore, lends its famous name and imprimatur to an anthology designed to please the palate of the genre s most discriminating fans Throughout, the editors Del Howison co owner of Dark Delicacies and leading horror anthologist Jeff Gelb present perfectly crafted, freshly original horror fiction fare that is as terrifying as it is chillingly delicious.

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    1. I really, really enjoyed this anthology. I picked it up for $2 the other day on my break at school, b/c I was bored and had an hour before I needed to be back in class. I'm a sucker for horror anthologies, and more often than not I'm made a sucker, as they are frequently padded with recycled stories by big name authors, and for every great story there are usually 3 or 4 mediocrities of debatable worthiness of publication. Regardless, every time I come across a new volume, I am invariably separat [...]

    2. Uneven collection to say the least. If not for a handful of exceptional tales this would be a complete waste. As it is I'll list the few worth reading so any daring adventurers can safely skip around without fear of encountering dreadful writing, of which this tome possesses much. (dreadful writing like that last sentence, only worse)"Black Mill Cove" by Lisa Morton. Fun little romp through some well-trod turf, but enjoyable enough. "Part of the Game" by F. Paul Wilson. Interesting concept, ente [...]

    3. Dark Delicacies is an anthology assembled to celebrate the California bookstore of the same name. It starts out promising, because most of the good stories are front-loaded. There is a touching zombie story told from a new perspective by Ray Bradbury, body horror by Brian Lumley and F. Paul Wilson, a tale of madness by Roberta Lannes, and a darkly funny story about a man who has a very bad day by John Farris. My two favorites were "The Seer" by Robert Steven Rhine, about a precognitive man who c [...]

    4. This was definitely an excellent anthology of horror stories.It is put together not only with horror, but with supernatural elements, comedy, fantasy, and the just plain weird. No story is the same, and no story elicits the same response. Some will scare the hell out of you. Some will make you think deeply. Some will make you smile. Some will make you unsure of what you are really thinking. Some may make you question that which you were sure about. And some may make you think twice about the fut [...]

    5. This was one of the worst, if not the worst collection of horror short stories I have read. The best story in the whole collection was written by a dead guy. Paper thin characters and TONS of bad averbs abound in this collection. The back cover claims that all the stories in this collection were commissioned just for this anthology--how they commissioned a story from Richard Laymon four years after his death, I have no idea. It is clear that the authors of these works just sent in anything they [...]

    6. I read this for Clive Barker's short story, "Haeckel's Tale" which was made into an episode of the "Masters of Horror" anthology. The film was superb, a throwback to Roger Corman's AIP productions with Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. The story also did not disappoint. An excellent gothic tale of lust gone wrong. The rest of the anthology, I'm afraid to say, despite a few bright stories, falls short of the mark.

    7. What a great collection of short stories. Lately, I've really been pulled more and more to these horror anthologies, and this is one of the top ones I've read so far. Not a dud in the bunch. I know it's a little older, but it's worth hunting down.

    8. My favorite stories were, "The Reincarnate" by Ray Bradbury, "The Announcement" by Ramsey Campbell, "Haeckle's Tale" by Clive Barker, and "The Pyre and Others" by David J. Show, an author I had not previously heard of!

    9. This book won a Stoker award, but the word award should be nowhere near this collection.Despite the fairly well known list of authors, this anthology was quite a let down. It took me nearly a year to read, as I would only read a few stories between novels, but I never really looked forward to picking it up. Fortunately, a few small gems lay hidden and kept me hoping for more. Some stories had great concepts or were at least fun to read, but ultimately ended unsatisfactory. "The Pyre and Others" [...]

    10. I had some high hopes for this one, but it only turned out to be all right. It's got a great lineup, but I get the feeling that a lot of big names gave up their drawer stories for this anthology. I won't talk about that. Instead I'll talk about the stories I really enjoyed. F. Paul Wilson's "Part of the Game" was a great classic pulpy story. I've never heard of Roberta Lannes before, but her story "The Bandit of Sanity" is my favorite of the book. I hope she's got more work out there. I'd love t [...]

    11. This anthology of the same name as the specialty horror bookstore presents an assortment of notable authors in 19 stories. “The Reincarnate” by Ray BradburyBradbury writes in second person POV about what it means to truly live through the story of a person returning to life. His prose is poetic, dark and nostalgic. 4/5“Black Mill Cove” by Lisa MortonSomething sinister hides in Black Mill Cove, and a man regrets not listening to his wife about going. 3/5“Kaddish” by Whitley StrieberA [...]

    12. About four or five stories inlovin' it so far. I love the fact that each story is at a short and at manageable length. I can sit down and spend 10-15 minutes to read one story and go do something else, and come back again. A very "flexible" book, haha. I loved the short story titled "Kaddish" (I think that's what it's called) and the dystopian, totalitarian Christian world. It's haunting, daring and incredibly disturbing. Death sentenceswallowing needles? That's dark stuff.Update (Jan 16, 2016) [...]

    13. In an anthology of this sort (there are other anthologies named for genre bookstores, right?) there are bound to be a couple gems and a couple clunkers. Kicking the book off with a clunker from Ray Bradbury was an inspired choice.The Reincarnate: Ray BradyburyBlack Mill Cove: Lisa Morton [a slightly juvenile ending, but hey that's OK cos I'm a juvenile reader:]Kaddish: Whitley Streiber [heavyhanded but good:]The Seer: Robert Steven Rhine Part of the Game: F. Paul Wilson [was the blatant racism i [...]

    14. Del has done an excellent job of collecting a great set of stories. Generally when I finish a collection of stories, the book can fit into one of three categories: not so good with only a couple of good stories, pretty good with around five stories that qualify as favorites, and really good where almost every story is good and choosing the top favorites is difficult. This book fit in between the last two categories; I was able to pick favorites but the overall feel was that all the stories were [...]

    15. This anthology is a mixed bag, including shades of horror that vary from the uncanny to intense gore, and authors ranging from well-known greats to folks whose primary calling isn't fiction. Stand-out tales include "Kaddish" (arguably more dystopian than horrific), "The Pyre and Others" (Lovecraft meets contemporary academia--this one particularly resonated with some of my own experiences in the field), and "Haeckel's Tale" (a good old-fashioned horror tale told by the glow of a warm fire). Also [...]

    16. If you are looking for some really great short stories, Dark Delicacies is the book you need to buy. Out of the 19 short stories in this book, I think there were maybe two I didn't really care for. Some really phenomenal writers contributed to this book such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Bradbury, Whitley Strieber, Richard Laymon, and more. You can't go wrong buying this anthology with names like these included. The stories cover a variety of different extremes of horror. Bradbury's THE [...]

    17. When I was a thrill-seeking, horror fan way back in middle school, I was searching for some horror collection in the library and found this book. It seemed like the perfect thing I was looking for, a book with many short stories that actually bring out the vivid depths of horror unlike an attempt at a shot at "Look at this, it's scary." Not all of the stories gave me goosebumps, which is something that's quite hard to master, so I applaud the authors who tried. Tales about illusions, unexpected [...]

    18. What an excellent anthology! I read the second incarnation before this one, the first, but it didn't make a difference. The thing I love most about these is that there is no theme. I know it sounds like that would be a horrible mix, but it really works well. No two stories even sound remotely alke. The other thing I love about these books is that they are all original stories that have not been published elsewhere. I hate when you read an anthology and you've already read half the stories becaus [...]

    19. The editors of Dark Delicacies may have intended to fashion a memorable collection of horror short fiction, but what they actually created is something less. Most of the stories are fairly slight, lacking in suspense and scariness. Two of them are just goofs or gags, Strieber's "Kaddish" and Holder's "Twelve-Steppin'." The Strieber story read much more like a political statement to me and lacked coherence and cohesiveness. The editors mixed stories by a few familiar writers with several more new [...]

    20. So far, I've read "Bloody Mary Morning" (John Farris), "The Outermost Borough" (Gahan Wilson), and "The Fall" (D. Lynn Smith). I didn't really like the first and the third, but the second one, Wilson's, is truly inspired. I actually read it first in one of the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror collections--can't remember which one. Currently I'm reading "Kaddish" by Whitley Strieber and am loving it, so I'm hoping that two out of four aren't bad. I'll update when I finish.UPDATE:This is definitely [...]

    21. Great anthology. I read it last year and really need to get the others that Dell Howison has put together. ever since reading it, the story that has stayed in my mind is "The Diving Girl" by Richard Laymon, a hauntingly romantic tale that I'll always be trying to write up to whenever working on my own ideas. Another that serves up images that liner long after the last word's read is "All My Bloody Things" by Steve Niles. That one's purely nightmare. And for zombie fans like me, Ray Bradbury's ta [...]

    22. I picked this book up because of the cover art. Then, when reading it, found the first few stories passable. They were entertaining, but not the sort of "grab you by the throat and never let go" stories that I prefer. However, the deeper into the book I went, the more I enjoyed it. There are some horrifying stories and some genuinely amusing stories. It's a good book to have on your own top shelf for whenever the rain is pounding against the windows and that scratching against the basement door [...]

    23. Like all story collections a person can find some good and some not so good tales as you sample the wares. There are a few stinkers in here, for this reader at least, yet these are overshadowed by the really good tales to be told. Some of these authors do a great job in conjuring up a very finely detailed portrait in just a short amount of pages. And that takes some talent. I really look forward to checking out the second installment of delicacies in the near future

    24. I was hoping for more spooky scary than was offered in this, a very varied anthology, but there was still some of that to be had and what there was (Bradbury's and Barker's entries were perfect Halloween fare) was good. But the standout story of the anthology for me ended up being a very non-spooky, but absolutely chilling story from Whitley Strieber about life in America sometime after it had been converted to a theocracy. Man, that story during this election cycle? Yikes.

    25. I liked this okay, but am slightly disappointed because I expected to like it more. There are more than a few clunkers from authors that I normally like. For example, I hated the Strieber piece and the Campbell story did nothing for me. But the Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, Steve Niles and Richard Laymon stories were all good. The best, by far, was Barker's. I liked more stories than I disliked, but not by much. So three stars.

    26. In a word: disappointing. I enjoyed the stories by Whitley Streiber, Nancy Holder, Ramsay Campbell, Steve Niles and David J. Schow, but the rest of the stories ranged from forgettable to just plain bad. As the contributors are all so successful and well-known I expected that the quality would be higher.

    27. While there were a few stories that had me on edge: "Black Mill Cove" by Lisa Morton and "The Diving Girl" y Richard Layman, for the most part this book was just "okay". I do not think I will be recommending it to any of my book club friends and readers. I may check out more works by the authors I just mentioned though, so that makes the book not a complete waste of time.

    28. This book had received tremendous critical acclaim (Bram Stoker Award, no less) at the time it had come out, and it indeed has several delectable pieces that can be savored with repeated reading. Recommended.

    29. A collection of short horror stories put together for Dark Delicacies (a horror book and gift shop in CA that often does things with BPAL). I was disappointed, the stories were interesting, but only one or two were even a little horrifying.

    30. With the exception of Haeckel's Tale, there was not much of real interest in this collection. Annoyingly more stale than original. Sleep inducing rather than spine tingling. Couldn't wait to move onto something else. Anything!

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