Cover image for Trick or treat a collection of halloween novellas
Title:
Trick or treat a collection of halloween novellas
Author:
Chizmar, Richard T.
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
385 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Hornets / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Tessellations /Nancy A. Collins -- The eighth devil / Rick Hautala -- Miss Henry's bottles / Al Sarrantonio -- Scramburg, U.S.A. / Thomas Tessier.
Corporate Subject:
Subject Term:
Added Author:
Added Title:
Hornets.

Tesselations.

Eighth devil.

Miss Henry's bottles.

Scramburg, U.S.A.
ISBN:
9781587670480
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
PS648.H22 T75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Author Notes

Al Sarrantonio has written 28 novels and has had his short stories appear in publications such as, "Heavy Metal," Twilight Zone," "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" and "Realms of Fantasy." He has also had his work appear in such anthologies as "The Year's Best Horror Stories," Visions of Fantasies: Tales from the Masters," "Great Ghost Stories" and "The Best of Shadows."

Sarrantonio writes a host of genres, including, science fiction, fantasy, horror and western. His novels include, "Exile," "Moonbane," "October," "West Texas" and "Campbell Wood." He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writer's Association and the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award. Sarrantonio has edited three volumes of humor as well as co-edited "100 Hair Raising Little Horror Stories."

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Last year Chizmar co-edited October Dreams, a Halloween tribute volume that won the International Horror Guild Award for best anthology. This compilation of new novellas by five horror heavyweights reprises the Halloween theme, but proves a very mixed bag of treats. The book leads with strength: Al Sarrantonio's "Hornets" strikes an eerie pitch of autumn gloom in its account of a blocked horror writer battling an insect infestation and the creeping influence of the dark lord Samhain. Gary Braunbeck, in "Tessellations," evokes the dark carnival atmosphere of Halloween revels, but in a spew of chaotic images that virtually derail its sensitive account of a woman's exorcism of family guilt one All Hallows Eve. Nancy Collins's "The Eighth Devil" and Rick Hautala's "Miss Henry's Bottles" are both teen coming-of-age stories in which the authors try with varying degrees of success to juxtapose the childish innocence of Halloween make-believe with real-life horrors spawned by adult lies and illusions. Although competently told, the majority of stories fail to deliver any of the expected holiday magic or chills, and might just as easily have taken place another day of the year. This is most obvious in Thomas Tessier's uncharacteristically over-the-top "Scramburg, U.S.A.," a tale of juvenile delinquents on a Fourth of July rampage that segues unconvincingly into Halloween hijinks only in its last few pages. Horror devotees will find most of these stories thematically forced and not up to their authors' usual standards. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved