DARK DUETS: New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy will be published in January, 2014 by Harper Voyager. Edited by Christopher Golden, it features an extraordinary lineup of collaborative stories, with the authors of each story collaborating for the very first time. And here they are!
My Thoughts :
Dark duets is exactly what the title suggests. A collection of dark stories written by duets of authors. I am not a huge anthology lover but this book caught my eye as well as some of the authors with stories inside. To be honest the Charlaine Harris and Rachel Caine combination was the one that made me want to try this book.
Each story is dark and some are really not tales you want to read before bed. Stephen King lovers will enjoy these novellas and paranormal lovers will also like the weird and twisted supernatural elements in some of the short stories. The collection isn't anything spectacular but there are some stories that will stick with you. I can't say I enjoyed it enough to give it a glowing review but it was a nice read and a few of the stories were well worth my time.
Below is a list of the stories and the authors. The first four stick in my mind as being some of the better in the collection and there are a few in the middle of the book that also caught me by surprise. I wouldn't rush to check out any of the unknown authors because this book was mostly horror. However it was nice to read something totally different to my usual reads and I am sure a lot of people would find some new authors to add to their wish list.
Do not read before going to sleep and maybe read this collection in a fully lit place. Nice anthology with some very well known authors. I wonder how they managed to write the stories together and make them so well thought out and written.
-TRIP TRAP by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson
-WELDED by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright
-DARK WITNESS by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine
-REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie
-T. RHYMER by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry
-SHE, DOOMED GIRL by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan
-HAND JOB by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch
-HOLLOW CHOICES by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss
-AMUSE-BOUCHE by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
-BRANCHES, CURVING by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith
-RENASCENCE by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson
-BLIND LOVE by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
-TRAPPER BOY by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala
-STEWARD OF THE BLOOD by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore
-CALCULATING ROUTE by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene
-SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black
-SINS LIKE SCARLET by Mark Morris & Rio Youers
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