“[Hauntings is] apt to entertain and disquiet the horror fans.”
—SF Site, featured review
This fiendish anthology, complied by the horror genre’s most acclaimed editor, drags you into the twisted minds of modern literary masters at their fiendish best. Visionary storytellers fill this collection of tales lyrical and strange, monstrous and exhilarating, horrific and transformative.
*A sweetly vengeful voice on the radio calls a young soldier out to join a phantom patrol.
*A hotel maid who threw her newborn child from a fourth-story window lingers in an interminable state.
*An intern in a paranormal research facility delves deeply into the unexplained deaths of two staff members.
*A serial killer plans his ultimate artistic achievement: the unveiling of an extremely special instrument in a very private concert.
At once familiar and shocking, these riveting stories will haunt you long after you put down your book and turn out the light.
“This anthology of 24 previously published dark fantasy and horror stories, edited by the ever-adept Datlow (Blood and Other Cravings), explores a variety of situations in which people encounter literal or figurative specters from beyond. Some feature the ghosts of lovers or spouses wronged, while others give readers a powerful lens through which to view the evil people can do here on Earth, as in the gut-wrenching ‘Cargo’ by E. Michael Lewis. The theme is interpreted quite loosely and in varied ways, although many of the stories—such as the atmospheric opener, Pat Cadigan’s ‘Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie,’ and Adam L. G. Nevill’s tense ‘Where Angels Come In’—hinge on anxieties relating to children in peril. Even so, the collection flows smoothly, capturing the pleasantly shivery dread of a round of ghost stories told by a fire, with only a few hiccups or sour notes (the most sour being Richard Bowes’s deeply unpleasant “Transfigured Night”). Solid entries by Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates capture the mood perfectly and will thrill fans of the eerie.”
“Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers’ concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended.”
“That delicious sense of tantalization, of maybe and what if, impelled me through page after page, encountering intriguing characters, spine-shivering settings, and bits and pieces (sometimes literally…of corpses)….”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- “Hunger: An Introduction” by Peter Straub
- “Anna” by F. Paul Wilson
- “Cargo” by E. Michael Lewis
- “Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie” by Pat Cadigan
- “Hunger: A Confession” by Dale Bailey
- “Delta Sly Honey” by Lucius Shepard
- “Nothing Will Hurt You” by David Morell
- “The Ammonite Violin (Murder Ballad #4)” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- “Haunted” by Joyce Carol Oates
- “The Have-Nots” by Elizabeth Hand
- “Closing Time” by Neil Gaiman
- “Mr. Fiddlehead” by Jonathan Carroll
- “The Fooly” by Terry Dowling
- “The Wall” by Paul Walther
- “The Pennine Tower Restaurant” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
- “Distress Call” by Connie Willis
- “The Horn” by Stephen Gallagher
- “Everybody Goes” by Michael Marshall Smith
- “Transfigured Night” by Richard Bowes
- “Hula Ville” by James P. Blaylock
- “The Bedroom Light” by Jeffrey Ford
- “Specral Evidence” by Gemma Files
- “Where Angels Come In” by Adam L. G. Nevill
- “Two Houses” by Kelly Link
For more info about HAUNTINGS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art “Voice of Shades” © 2010 by Valentina Brostean