NIGHT VISIONS 12 edited by Kealan Patrick Burke. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2006. 1st edition hardcover (SIGNED/LIMITED).
For nearly two decades, the Night Visions anthologies have provided a forum for some of the finest dark fantasists of the modern era, including Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Dan Simmons, Clive Barker, and many more. Subterranean Press proudly continues the tradition with the twelfth installment of this landmark series.
Edited and introduced by Bram Stoker Award winner and International Horror Guild Award nominee Kealan Patrick Burke (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now), Night Visions 12 features short stories and novellas by Simon Clark (Blood Crazy, Night of the Triffids), Mark Morris (Nowhere Near an Angel, The Immaculate), and P.D. Cacek (Night Players, The Wind Caller).
-- A screenwriter's marshland retreat becomes a place of unutterable terror in "My God, My God", a gleefully wicked homage to the works of William Hope Hodgson.
-- An experiment in lucid dreaming leads a man into a sinking house where he encounters the titular trio of famous literary figures, and something much worse, in "Poe, Lovecraft, Jackson."
-- The concept of humankind as the true evil rises to the fore in "Frankenstein, Victor", an alternate world sequel to Mary Shelley's seminal classic.
-- "Feeding Frenzy" follows the surreal and nightmarish journey of an average bookstore employee in the wake of a series of murders seemingly inspired by pulp-horror novels.
-- The Rod Serling-esque setup of a man awaking to find himself alone in a town takes a hellish and horrifying turn in "What Nature Abhors."
-- In "The Story of April And Her Colours", a very unique boy finds himself embroiled in an equally unique situation when he meets a woman with lights beneath her skin.
-- An egotistical psychotherapist falls for his patient--a woman with five other personalities, all of whom are very much aware of each other, and quite possibly a secret sixth--in the chilling supernatural thriller "Forced Perspective."
-- "Campfire Story" is the story of one dark summer, and the haunted well from which horror springs eternal...
These are the tellers, dear reader, and here are their tales, submitted for your approval on this darkest of nights...
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From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"The latest installment in the venerable Night Visions series, edited by relative newcomer Burke (Hides), matches the talent included in previous volumes with eight horror stories from three British writers. Simon Clark honors past masters of the genre with his three pieces; the best of which--"Frankenstein, Victor"--reimagines Mary Shelley's classic and exemplifies Clark's political commentary, vivid imagery and incisive characterization. Mark Morris's contributions stand out in the volume, particularly "The Story of April and Her Colours," narrated with eerie sweetness by the autistic protagonist, and the nightmarish "What Nature Abhors," about one man's descent into a very personal hell. P.D. Cacek rounds out this excellent anthology with "Forced Perspective," a novella about a psychiatrist's romances with his patient's multiple personalities, and "Campfire Story," about a boy who'd do almost anything for his best friend."
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