"Welcome to Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights. I'm J. L. Comeau, horror writer and resident Tomb Keeper. I have been charged with the daunting task of sorting and cataloging the Count's vast library of horror, science fiction and fantasy. Take a torch from the wall and follow me down the stone stairway into the darkness deep beneath the Dungeon. It's cold and damp down here--perfect for the kind of reading we're going to do. Never mind the shambling figures in the shadows, they're probably just some friends of ours looking for a good book. If you click on the cover, you'll be taken to a wonderful place where you can buy the book.
Now, let's reach into the musty stacks and see what we can find..."
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I so enjoy those rare books that I want to keep forever. Here are two that will remain down here in the Tomb for eternity.
DOLL COLLECTION edited by Ellen Datlow
Dolls are creepy. I didn’t like my dolls as a child, thinking they got up to bad business at night while I slept, so I stuffed them into my closet before bedtime, much to my mother’s chagrin. World class editor Ellen Datlow, herself a collector of ultra-creepy dolls, has assembled an anthology of original stories about dolls that utterly transcends the threadbare “evil doll” genre, as she intended for this volume. What the reader will find are disturbing tales from the best genre writers working today: Jeffrey Ford, Seanan McGuire, Joyce Carol Oates, Carrie Vaughn, Tim Lebbon, Stephen Gallagher, Gemma Files, Pat Cadigan, Richard Bowes, Lucy Sussex, John Langan, and others, each author deftly representing their own personal métier within the speculative fiction field. No clichéd devil dolls here, by golly, but you will encounter dolls as disturbing personal talismans and homunculi, as in the brilliant and irrepressible Pat Cadigan’s thoroughly unnerving “In Case of Zebras”, a puppet show gone horribly wrong in Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Dr. Faustus”, a read-through-your-fingers horror tale of a terrible thing discovered in the icy wastelands by South Pole adventurers in Tim Lebbon’s “Skin and Bone”, malevolent humans who imbue their dolls with terrible power, well-meaning parents who cause damage to their children with their gifts of dolls, and much, much more. Each story is prefaced by a photograph of a doll and, I must tell you, they are scary! Each tale is superb in its own original way—ranging from refined unease to full-on screamers--and this is the kind of anthology one keeps on the shelf and lends to no one so that it can be reread again and again.
RESONANCE DARK & LIGHT by Bruce Boston
Multi-award-winning poet Bruce Boston presents in this volume a banquet for the mind and spirit—playful, sly, humorous, horrific, mischievous, wonderful! Music and remembrance dance through these pages, songs of life and death and otherness. The music of werewolves is “wrenching heavy metal”, the devil and his minions sing in a drunken revel, the music of vampires is “ethereal and damned”, while the reaper’s music “ends with a death rattle”. Luxuriate in “The Music of Deep Spacers” and “The Music of the Stars”, then fly back to earthly realms and enjoy some grisly but “Tasty Horrors” and an “Endless Summer.” Experience a “Septuagenarian Flashback” and the sad and dispiriting “Death of the Crossing Guard.” Revisit Mr. Boston’s astounding and eerie Mutant Rain Forest, and make a stop in “Middletown, USA, 1953”…if you dare. Many more poems are included herein, and five poems appear in this marvelous collection for the first time anywhere, including “The Music of Skeletons.” What do you think the music of skeletons sounds like? I know, and you can find out by clicking on the cover to own this dazzling--and resonant--collection by a grandmaster of poetry. I’ll be reading it again. And again.
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About the Tomb Keeper (Or, who is this person of mystery)
J. L. (Judy) Comeau is an award winning short story writer whose work has appeared internationally in major horror and dark fantasy anthologies such as the Borderlands series, Best New Horror, The Years' Best Horror, the Hot Blood series, and the Dark Voices series in the UK. She is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association, and she lives in the Washington, DC area where she also teaches short story writing. Click on FIREBIRD to read one of her most anthologized stories.
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