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Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. BASTION by Simon Clark The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. BASTION by Simon Clark The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the face of a fearsome enemy, unwaveringly devoted to each other—and young enough not to ask any questions. ON AMEN’S SHORE by Clive Barker Beisho Fie and Rutaluka make their living off of legends and poems, fantasies and rumors. But on the shores of Joom’s harbor, they come face-to-face with the horrifying reality behind the myth. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman Natalie moved to a small Minnesota lake town to relax, heal, and start a family. A chance encounter with a strange old woman shouldn’t change that—even if the woman has something Natalie would do anything to get. SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White Every seven years, all the cells in our bodies regenerate, so we’re barely even the same person anymore. And yet we can’t change our past—or escape repercussions for the things we’ve done. DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle A chance meeting in a coffee shop. A smile shared over a book. They say the soul of a poet holds unseen depths . . . but certain truths are hidden for a reason. THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch In a back-alley saloon, D tends bar for others like her. She’s been there since the night she stumbled in, broken and alone—just like the man who stumbles in tonight. Praise for the Dark Screams series “A wicked treat [featuring] . . . some of the genre’s best.”—Hellnotes, on Volume One “Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can’t.”—Atomic Fangirl, on Volume Two “If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself.”—Examiner.com, on Volume Three “Fans of horror of every variety will find something to love in these pages.”—LitReactor, on Volume Four “[Volume Five] runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales.”—Publishers Weekly


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Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. BASTION by Simon Clark The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the Simon Clark, Clive Barker, Heather Herrman, Wrath James White, Marc Rains, Lisa Tuttle, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch unleash the terrifying truths behind love, loyalty, and obsession in a sextet of twisted tales presented by preeminent horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. BASTION by Simon Clark The Bastion boys were the perfect soldiers: courageous in the face of a fearsome enemy, unwaveringly devoted to each other—and young enough not to ask any questions. ON AMEN’S SHORE by Clive Barker Beisho Fie and Rutaluka make their living off of legends and poems, fantasies and rumors. But on the shores of Joom’s harbor, they come face-to-face with the horrifying reality behind the myth. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman Natalie moved to a small Minnesota lake town to relax, heal, and start a family. A chance encounter with a strange old woman shouldn’t change that—even if the woman has something Natalie would do anything to get. SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White Every seven years, all the cells in our bodies regenerate, so we’re barely even the same person anymore. And yet we can’t change our past—or escape repercussions for the things we’ve done. DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle A chance meeting in a coffee shop. A smile shared over a book. They say the soul of a poet holds unseen depths . . . but certain truths are hidden for a reason. THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch In a back-alley saloon, D tends bar for others like her. She’s been there since the night she stumbled in, broken and alone—just like the man who stumbles in tonight. Praise for the Dark Screams series “A wicked treat [featuring] . . . some of the genre’s best.”—Hellnotes, on Volume One “Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can’t.”—Atomic Fangirl, on Volume Two “If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself.”—Examiner.com, on Volume Three “Fans of horror of every variety will find something to love in these pages.”—LitReactor, on Volume Four “[Volume Five] runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales.”—Publishers Weekly

30 review for Dark Screams: Volume Ten

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    As my first Dark Screams read, I was definitely expecting some horror, at least a few thrills. These stories really did not deliver either. I saw others noting that the first story "Bastion" was their favorite. At 50% of the entire volume, it was a sci-fi which I felt extremely reminiscent of Maze Runner. Maybe with another 200 pages this could be a well rounded tale. At the far end of the spectrum, I enjoyed "Trendy Bar Side of Life." Depicting two separate stories of rape, the story realistica As my first Dark Screams read, I was definitely expecting some horror, at least a few thrills. These stories really did not deliver either. I saw others noting that the first story "Bastion" was their favorite. At 50% of the entire volume, it was a sci-fi which I felt extremely reminiscent of Maze Runner. Maybe with another 200 pages this could be a well rounded tale. At the far end of the spectrum, I enjoyed "Trendy Bar Side of Life." Depicting two separate stories of rape, the story realistically displayed the after effects of such a life changing event. Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Another great collection of shorties! Not much in the way of horror, and there were a few misses, but overall highly entertaining. Bastion is by far my favorite-very creative! ARC provided by NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Kind of sad to be the first one reviewing this, wish I had praises to lavish, but...This anthology has usually been reliable for some eerie thrills. Volume 10 took the longest as far as waiting time for request approvals goes on Netgalley and was the least worth it. Something about this collection just didn’t work, none of the stories were in any way noteworthy or extraordinary or even that great. Bastion by Simon Clark is first and, taking up nearly 50% of the book, most significant. Clark’s be Kind of sad to be the first one reviewing this, wish I had praises to lavish, but...This anthology has usually been reliable for some eerie thrills. Volume 10 took the longest as far as waiting time for request approvals goes on Netgalley and was the least worth it. Something about this collection just didn’t work, none of the stories were in any way noteworthy or extraordinary or even that great. Bastion by Simon Clark is first and, taking up nearly 50% of the book, most significant. Clark’s been at it for so long he’s got the storytelling aspect down, but this tale of never never land turn war zone has a distinctly unfinished taste to it. It’s generous with atmosphere and violence, but tragically stingy when it comes to explanations. There’s also a moral, a very heavy handed one. And that just might be the leitmotif for this edition, interestingly enough since Dark Screams usually just screams theme free. Maybe it’s trying to be timely. After all, it put together a scathing commentary on child abuse, black lives matter and # metoo. The latter, the volume’s closing act, might be the strongest one, albeit dramatically bleak and depressing. The ghetto fable is abysmal, crap writing, trite sentiment and heavy handed doesn’t even begin to cover the moral delivery. City of Brotherly Love strikes again. In general this collection is at best bland, obvious and lackluster. A disappointing entry in the usually decent series. Thanks Netgalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mommacat

    Another nice mix of stories for lovers of dark fiction. BASTION by Simon Clark 4.* - This novella length length story sucked me immediately. It was strangely surreal with its anywhere, anywhen plotline. But, I wished the author had put more time into answering at least some of the many questions that came up. Many people don't need every string tied, but for my taste there were a few too many loose ends. I would love to see this turned into a full fledged novel. ON AMEN’S SHORE by Clive Barker - 4 Another nice mix of stories for lovers of dark fiction. BASTION by Simon Clark 4.* - This novella length length story sucked me immediately. It was strangely surreal with its anywhere, anywhen plotline. But, I wished the author had put more time into answering at least some of the many questions that came up. Many people don't need every string tied, but for my taste there were a few too many loose ends. I would love to see this turned into a full fledged novel. ON AMEN’S SHORE by Clive Barker - 4* The only 'old' story in this anthology, it probably will be a re-read for fans of Clive Barker. However, if you haven't read his stories this is a great place to start. Not all his work is blood and gore; you may find you really enjoy his style and move on to WEAVEWORLD. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman - 5* This was a very nice, creepy tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. More what you're used to reading in a Dark Screams anthology; very Twilight Zone in style; most are sure to enjoy. SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White 3.5* - Well written, as all of White's books are I found myself somehow unimpressed by the plotline. DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle 4* - This nasty bit of work has something for everyone. A very nice dark read. THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 5 * - Like the first story, this was very different from what you're probably used to reading and I think that's why these two were my favorites. Original and with something to say, TRENDY BAR was the perfect ending to another fine DARK SCREAMS anthology. The team of Brian Freeman and Richard Chizmar in conjunction with Hydra did a superb job in amassing this collection. I'd like to thank them for my Advance Review Copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Volume 10 of the Dark Screams series was fair, but by far not my favorite. Bastion by Simon Clark was the first and longest, encompassing half the book. John Karroon wakes up in a bunker where boys aged 11-16 are in military uniforms and shooting liquid nitrogen at something called Flukes. All the boys around John seem to have no memory about their previous lives - where they were from, their families, their pets - yet John remembers everything. And he can't help but question everything occurring Volume 10 of the Dark Screams series was fair, but by far not my favorite. Bastion by Simon Clark was the first and longest, encompassing half the book. John Karroon wakes up in a bunker where boys aged 11-16 are in military uniforms and shooting liquid nitrogen at something called Flukes. All the boys around John seem to have no memory about their previous lives - where they were from, their families, their pets - yet John remembers everything. And he can't help but question everything occurring around him. The story was rather strange and I thought it would be my least favorite, but I found myself falling into the story and I couldn't stop reading it. Probably my favorite of the bunch. The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman was another that I liked quite a lot. Natalie is sitting alone at a restaurant when a strange woman named Cassasandra approaches her and begins speaking with her. Cassandra is remarkably familiar to her for some reason, but she can't put her finger on why. And now she wants something from Natalie... The other stories were rather meh to me, but I thought those two were interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    The first story "Bastion" by Simon Clark was my favorite, even though to me it was more of a Sci-Fi than a horror. It was also the longest story, taking up 49% of the book. A young boy is suddenly thrust into a strange and dangerous world where children are soldiers. He has no memory of how he got there or even what his own name is. It seems to be a world made up of only young boys, no parents, no memories, and deadly enemies to fight. The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman was more alon The first story "Bastion" by Simon Clark was my favorite, even though to me it was more of a Sci-Fi than a horror. It was also the longest story, taking up 49% of the book. A young boy is suddenly thrust into a strange and dangerous world where children are soldiers. He has no memory of how he got there or even what his own name is. It seems to be a world made up of only young boys, no parents, no memories, and deadly enemies to fight. The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman was more along the lines of the horror I was expecting. As Natalie is eating alone in a restaurant one night a strange woman intrudes on her dinner. She is quite insistent and seems to know more about Natalie than she would if this were really just a chance encounter. This was a spine tingler for me. Dark Water by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle concerns another chance meeting, but this beautiful woman isn't exactly looking for love when she invites a stranger home from the coffee shop. I received an advance copy for review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    I see many reviewers loved Bastion and even though I enjoy Simon Clark's other works this not so short story did not do it for me. On Amen's Shore by Clive Barker is one I do not recall? Read so many short stories over the last two weeks I think I should be forgiven :) The Woman in The Blue Dress by Heather Herrman is one I do remember It is a story that I liked also because even once done I caught myself still thinking about it. Intriguing Seven Years by Wrath James White . Was good, not I see many reviewers loved Bastion and even though I enjoy Simon Clark's other works this not so short story did not do it for me. On Amen's Shore by Clive Barker is one I do not recall? Read so many short stories over the last two weeks I think I should be forgiven :) The Woman in The Blue Dress by Heather Herrman is one I do remember It is a story that I liked also because even once done I caught myself still thinking about it. Intriguing Seven Years by Wrath James White . Was good, not great but a decent short story. Dark Water by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle: About a woman taking what she wants.Another okay story Lastly The Trendy-Bar Side of Life by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. If i remember correctly I liked this story but all in all this was definitely not one of the better volumes of this series. There was not one story that I loved.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    I do enjoy these Dark Screams anthologies. They aren’t too long and have nice variety of stories in each. My favorites in this volume were: Bastion by Simon Clark: A great sci-fi novella where a boy wakes up in a place called Bastion where there are hundreds of boys ages 11-16 fighting a war underground. No one remembers anything from their time before except John, the boy who wakes up at the beginning of the story. For some reason, the longer someone is there, the less long-term memory they have I do enjoy these Dark Screams anthologies. They aren’t too long and have nice variety of stories in each. My favorites in this volume were: Bastion by Simon Clark: A great sci-fi novella where a boy wakes up in a place called Bastion where there are hundreds of boys ages 11-16 fighting a war underground. No one remembers anything from their time before except John, the boy who wakes up at the beginning of the story. For some reason, the longer someone is there, the less long-term memory they have. This was the longest story in the collection ending at 48%, and it was definitely interesting. I wouldn’t have minded a full length book of this one. The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman: Kind of sci-fi-ish with fantasy aspects. Natalie moved to a small Minnesota lake town to relax, heal, and start a family. A chance encounter with a strange old woman shouldn’t change that—even if the woman has something Natalie would do anything to get. This story keeps you feeling uneasy and uncomfortable throughout. When the end came around, I found myself thinking on it a lot. It really makes you wonder what you would do if you ended up in Natalie’s shoes. The Trendy Bar Side of Life by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: This was definitely the darkest read in this volume, in my opinion. A very real-world kind of horror that is all too easy to imagine happening to anyone. In a back-alley saloon, D tends bar for others like her. She’s been there since the night she stumbled in, broken and alone—just like the man who stumbles in tonight. Received via Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John J Questore

    Once again, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of receiving an ARC of this amazing series from Cemetery Dance Publications. Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar knew exactly what they were doing when they came up with the idea for Dark Screams. This series is a wonderful way for people to get a feel for authors that they may not have heard of before – without breaking the bank. As most people have pointed out, this one isn’t much in the way of horror, but it does deliver an extremely enjoyable rea Once again, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of receiving an ARC of this amazing series from Cemetery Dance Publications. Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar knew exactly what they were doing when they came up with the idea for Dark Screams. This series is a wonderful way for people to get a feel for authors that they may not have heard of before – without breaking the bank. As most people have pointed out, this one isn’t much in the way of horror, but it does deliver an extremely enjoyable reading experience. So let’s get started with my review of each story, with no spoilers. BASTION by Simon Clark – 2 out of 5 - Coming in at almost half the collection, this story was more of a science fiction story about a group of boys fighting an unknown enemy for unknown reasons. While the story was interesting, I had a hard time actually getting into it, and by the end, there were too many unanswered questions. Granted, not every story needs to be “tied up in a bow” and certainly many stories are best left open-ended – however, I felt that at least some explanation was needed as to why. I probably would have liked this story more if some of those questions were at least addressed. I felt it was unfinished – or at the very least, the beginning of a full length novel. ON AMEN’S SHORE by Clive Barker – 4 out of 5 – Unless you live under a rock, the name Clive Barker isn’t unknown. The man is a legend as far as the fantastic and horrific. This story delivers. What happens when the “gods” come face to face with the reality of their existence? As one person wrote, this is a story that has to be read multiple times to fully understand, but it’s a powerful story. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE DRESS by Heather Herrman – 5 out of 5 – An interesting story about a chance encounter with a stranger, who may not be as unknown as first thought. I fell in love with Heather’s writing when I devoured CONSUMPTION, and this story fed my hunger for more. SEVEN YEARS by Wrath James White – 4 out of 5 – This is a cautionary tale about past indiscretions, redemption, and payback. DARK WATER by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle – 5 out of 5 – This was the darkest of the collection. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman in a coffee shop turns out to be much more than bargained for. THE TRENDY BAR SIDE OF LIFE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – 3 out of 5 – Another extremely dark story about the aftermath of rape, along with how different people cope. But it also had a more gruesome underlying tone about the horrors of politics and taking things too far when you have a zealot’s attitude. While this volume had two of my favorite authors – Barker and Herrman – in my opinion, it wasn’t one of the more horror related collections. It was more fantasy, and psychological. However, as I said, it gives you a great insight into some authors you may not have heard of before.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh Warfel

    Most anthologies leave me with a feeling of time wasted having read filler material that wasn't good enough to be worthy of a long form story. Although Dark Screams: Volume Ten didn't bat .1000, it is certainly one of the strongest anthologies in recent memory. Bastion by Simon Clark Massive in size when compared to the other stories in the anthology, Bastion explores a futuristic(?) apocalyptic (?) universe(?) ran by a group of young military boys. Without reason the boys fight z mysterious enemy Most anthologies leave me with a feeling of time wasted having read filler material that wasn't good enough to be worthy of a long form story. Although Dark Screams: Volume Ten didn't bat .1000, it is certainly one of the strongest anthologies in recent memory. Bastion by Simon Clark Massive in size when compared to the other stories in the anthology, Bastion explores a futuristic(?) apocalyptic (?) universe(?) ran by a group of young military boys. Without reason the boys fight z mysterious enemy and keep giant machines running day after day in a miles long decaying bunker. Clark creates an engrossing world with his questions and motivations of the characters. While certainly more science fiction than horror, Bastion is a great story to lead the anthology. On Amen's Shore by Clive Barker Like most Barker works On Amen's Shore needs a reread (or twelve) to fully comprehend, I'd that's at all possible. Starting a Barker work I'm always  trying to compute if human beings, gods, or one of a million variations between are being spoken of and speaking. On Amen's shore follows two men (?) searching for a man eating fish. This is Jaws filtered through the fantasy of Barker. Dream worlds, multiple moons, and god hatred meet Moby Dick in On Amen's Shore. The Woman in the Blue Dress by Heather Herrman The Woman in the Blue Dress is an average short story in an anthology; something that is fine to read, but not memorable. It tells of  woman meeting a mysterious stranger (in a blue dress) and the predictable outcome and revelations associated with this stranger. Seven Years by Wrath James White Wrath James White is one of my favorite authors. Known for his extreme horror work, Seven Days finds him fitting nicely within the confines of a more mainstream anthology. Seven Years shows that although you may have changed your life, it may come back to haunt you. White 's story climaxes, like Woman in the Blue Dress in the short horror story tradition of going out with a Tales from the Crypt style zinger ending . Dark Water by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle In Dark Water a man believes he finds his soulmate and is invited to her home. In a well written, but forgettable story, he finds the truth about his newfound lover. The Trendy-Bar Side of Life by Kristine Kathryn Rusch There is a thin line between horror fiction and real life horror. While most horror fans are thrilled to see Tom Savini create realistic gore for Romero or Henry Rooker violently end his victims lives in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, few genuinely want to witness real life atrocities. Works by Jack Ketchum such as A Girl Next Door and Stranglehold have a valid place in the world of horror fiction, as does Rusch's The Trendy-Bar Side of Life. However, the subject matter deserves to be placed with other stories that compliment it's tone and ernesty. The deep subject matter of the psychology of rape victims is a jaring end to the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benni Taylor

    Review also posted on my blog: https://bennilovesbooks.wordpress.com... I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for violence, war violence, death, child death, gun violence/shootings, and homomisia. After really enjoying the ARC of Dark Screams: Volume Nine a while ago, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as I’d enjoyed the previous volume in the series. I feel like this was largely because the f Review also posted on my blog: https://bennilovesbooks.wordpress.com... I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for violence, war violence, death, child death, gun violence/shootings, and homomisia. After really enjoying the ARC of Dark Screams: Volume Nine a while ago, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as I’d enjoyed the previous volume in the series. I feel like this was largely because the first story of the anthology, “Bastion” by Simon Clark, took up a full 50% of the length of the entire anthology, and I didn’t care for it at all. It felt under-developed for its size, and I thought that a lot could be cut out of it without harming the story at all. If it really wanted to be something of a longer length, it could have gotten made into a novel with deeper character development and more worldbuilding. For its size, that story fell really flat with me — I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and there wasn’t enough explanation behind the war that was going on that these children were fighting for me to care. If a story is going to take up a full half of an anthology then it really needs to be something that shines, and this one didn’t do it for me. I did enjoy several of the other stories; “The Woman in the Blue Dress” by Heather Herrman was a standout for me that was really creepy and connected with me really quickly. Likewise, “Seven Years” by Wrath James White was hard-hitting and powerful, and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t run across any stories in this anthology that I truly disliked, but there were more stories that I felt ambivalent about than ones that I really enjoyed, and that was a bit disappointing. This anthology is a pretty quick read, and there are several stories that I would recommend. If you don’t like Simon Clark’s story, though, you might feel a bit disappointed with this one. Final rating: 3 of 5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I received a free advanced copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This anthology was not what I expected. It didn't feel like there was much of a theme to it. The stories seemed more randomly slapped together than most anthologies I've read. Perhaps it's simply that "dark" is such a broad descriptor. Overall, I thought there would be more horror. And, oddly enough, the two stories that felt the least like horror to me were my two favorites. "Bastion" by Simon Clark wa I received a free advanced copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This anthology was not what I expected. It didn't feel like there was much of a theme to it. The stories seemed more randomly slapped together than most anthologies I've read. Perhaps it's simply that "dark" is such a broad descriptor. Overall, I thought there would be more horror. And, oddly enough, the two stories that felt the least like horror to me were my two favorites. "Bastion" by Simon Clark was absolutely fantastic. Sci-fi, more Hunger Games than Alien. I couldn't put it down. I wouldn't have minded if the full book were just this one story, expanded. At the same time, I don't feel it ended too early. The other story that stood out is more realistic drama than anything else. "The Trendy Bar Side of Life" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch needs a trigger warning on it, but I will say I believe it handled the subject of rape very well. It's a subject I definitely go out of my way to avoid, and yet I still enjoyed this story. It's about the aftermath, about surviving, not some glorification of brutality. It's about how the person you are "after" is different from the person you were before. I was impressed. "Seven Years" by Wrath James White is another I'd like to call out as a good read. The remaining stories didn't leave much of an impression on me. I feel like they suffered because "Bastion" set such a high bar—and distinct tone—so early. I might have appreciated the other stories more if "Bastion" had been last. I do recommend this anthology. In my opinion, "The Trendy Bar Side of Life" and "Bastion" alone make it worth it. And time spent reading the other stories would not be time wasted. Overall impression: Not what I was expecting or hoping for, but it definitely left me thinking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Clarke

    I received Dark Screams: Volume 10 as an e-book from Brian James Freeman and the great folks at Cemetery Dance in exchange for an honest review. Dark Screams: Volume 10 contains six stories, one of which I have previously read, Bastion, as a novella from Cemetery Dance. This volume contains the following: Bastion by Simon Clark: First off, this novella length story was previously published by Cemetery Dance in 2015 as number 25 in their Novella Series. A good story and the longest in this volume. I received Dark Screams: Volume 10 as an e-book from Brian James Freeman and the great folks at Cemetery Dance in exchange for an honest review. Dark Screams: Volume 10 contains six stories, one of which I have previously read, Bastion, as a novella from Cemetery Dance. This volume contains the following: Bastion by Simon Clark: First off, this novella length story was previously published by Cemetery Dance in 2015 as number 25 in their Novella Series. A good story and the longest in this volume. On Amen’s Shore by Clive Barker: This is a good story which ties in to Barker’s the "Book of the Art" series which includes The Great and Secret Show and Everville. If you are a fan of these Barker novels, you will appreciate this story. The Woman In The Blue Dress by Heather Herrman: I found this story to be a little creepy. Seven Years by Wrath James White: The story of a haunted man with a past and how it affects his present. Dark Water by Marc Rains and Lisa Tuttle: I liked this story as it had more of the elements I would expect from this series. A little bit of surprise awaiting the reader. The Trendy Bar Side Of Life by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Probably the story I liked least in this volume. Not a bad story, just not to my personal liking. Overall although a good read, this volume is a little short on true horror. The stories are eerie, creepy and suspenseful, or in the case of Bastion, bordering on sci-fi elements. The stories are of a good ‘short story’ length, none being really short as has been the case in a few other volumes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    It’s been a minute since I reviewed a release from the "Dark Screams" series. I haven’t read nearly enough of the anthologies, all edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, as I’d like, but the ones I’ve read have been a good time, and Volume Ten is no exception. While there is no apparent theme to this anthology, I will say if I were to pick one, it would be “Screw your happy endings.” Just the way I like it. You can read Steve's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here. It’s been a minute since I reviewed a release from the "Dark Screams" series. I haven’t read nearly enough of the anthologies, all edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, as I’d like, but the ones I’ve read have been a good time, and Volume Ten is no exception. While there is no apparent theme to this anthology, I will say if I were to pick one, it would be “Screw your happy endings.” Just the way I like it. You can read Steve's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via random house publishing - hydra in exchange for an honest review. the dark screams series is always a good choice if you're searching for a quick unsettling read and this volume doesn't disappoint. all the stories are interesting but the two best stories were 'seven years' by wrath james wright and 'the trendy bar side of life' by kristine kathryn rusch. both are unsettling and make that little "something's wrong" sense in the back of your mind perk disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via random house publishing - hydra in exchange for an honest review. the dark screams series is always a good choice if you're searching for a quick unsettling read and this volume doesn't disappoint. all the stories are interesting but the two best stories were 'seven years' by wrath james wright and 'the trendy bar side of life' by kristine kathryn rusch. both are unsettling and make that little "something's wrong" sense in the back of your mind perk up. it's not the monster waiting around the corner that's hunting and haunting in these two stories, though, and that makes everything that much more terrifying. these two stories lift this collection from three to four stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike D

    Read my full review at Signal Horizon Ultimately Dark Screams Volume Ten is a mixed bag of short genre fiction. Some great original short fiction is weighed down by the bulk and vagueness of the front loaded novella. The Clive Barker short story is great, but it feels very out of place in this anthology and will leave you with the impression that it was only included to add his name to the front cover. Some of the originals included in this volume really are excellent but ultimately I don't know Read my full review at Signal Horizon Ultimately Dark Screams Volume Ten is a mixed bag of short genre fiction. Some great original short fiction is weighed down by the bulk and vagueness of the front loaded novella. The Clive Barker short story is great, but it feels very out of place in this anthology and will leave you with the impression that it was only included to add his name to the front cover. Some of the originals included in this volume really are excellent but ultimately I don't know if their quality is enough to justify paying full price at release.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Castagna

    The first story occupies more than half this volume. I could not get into this story by Simon Clark. It seemed tedious and was very meandering. I skipped it halfway through. Wrath James White's Seven Years was enjoyable if not a bit predictable, but as always, a joy to read. The other stories were nothing very memorable with the exception of The Trendy Bar Side of Life. That one was interesting and fairly thought provoking in a very surreal and creepy and all too real way. This was a weak edition The first story occupies more than half this volume. I could not get into this story by Simon Clark. It seemed tedious and was very meandering. I skipped it halfway through. Wrath James White's Seven Years was enjoyable if not a bit predictable, but as always, a joy to read. The other stories were nothing very memorable with the exception of The Trendy Bar Side of Life. That one was interesting and fairly thought provoking in a very surreal and creepy and all too real way. This was a weak edition to an uneven series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Overall 3/5 5/5 Bastion by Simon Clark: definitely one of the best shorts I've ever read 1/5 On Amen's Shore: not a bad theory just executed weird 2/5 The Woman in the Blue Dress: how far a woman would travel for a baby indeed 0.75/5 Seven Years: I don't agree with the "dead or in prison" theory 2/5 Dark Water: talk about separation anxiety 3/5 The Trendy-Bar Side of Life: sad once you start to think about it Overall 3/5 5/5 Bastion by Simon Clark: definitely one of the best shorts I've ever read 1/5 On Amen's Shore: not a bad theory just executed weird 2/5 The Woman in the Blue Dress: how far a woman would travel for a baby indeed 0.75/5 Seven Years: I don't agree with the "dead or in prison" theory 2/5 Dark Water: talk about separation anxiety 3/5 The Trendy-Bar Side of Life: sad once you start to think about it

  19. 5 out of 5

    rebecca lou

    Brilliant as ever. Another fantastic compilation in the series with some brilliant stories by some brilliant authors. However I've found these compilations get shorter and shorter, don't expect a long read if you but this. They can be frustratingly short, considering the price. I'd say for a good reader this book will take you less than two hours to finish. You're definitely getting quality not quantity. Brilliant as ever. Another fantastic compilation in the series with some brilliant stories by some brilliant authors. However I've found these compilations get shorter and shorter, don't expect a long read if you but this. They can be frustratingly short, considering the price. I'd say for a good reader this book will take you less than two hours to finish. You're definitely getting quality not quantity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Not sure where the horror comes into it. 'Bastion' is good (but reads like a Doctor Who novella), followed by 'The Trendy-Bar Side of Life' (which is just a contemporary drama). 'The Woman in the Blue Dress' is the closest to horror and the only other one I'd recommend. Not sure where the horror comes into it. 'Bastion' is good (but reads like a Doctor Who novella), followed by 'The Trendy-Bar Side of Life' (which is just a contemporary drama). 'The Woman in the Blue Dress' is the closest to horror and the only other one I'd recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerensa Slay

    Vol. 10 I really enjoyed the first story, got sucked into it in fact and would love for it to continue. The rest of the stories were so so, not what I expected out of Dark Screams anthology. Worth reading but others are better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vnunez-Ms_luv2read

    Another great installment in this series. I love it!! Never disappoints. Favorite story: The Woman in the Blue Dress. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    It’s been a minute since I reviewed a release from the "Dark Screams" series. I haven’t read nearly enough of the anthologies, all edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, as I’d like, but the ones I’ve read have been a good time, and Volume Ten is no exception. While there is no apparent theme to this anthology, I will say if I were to pick one, it would be “Screw your happy endings.” Just the way I like it. You can read my entire review right here at HorrorTalk.com. It’s been a minute since I reviewed a release from the "Dark Screams" series. I haven’t read nearly enough of the anthologies, all edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, as I’d like, but the ones I’ve read have been a good time, and Volume Ten is no exception. While there is no apparent theme to this anthology, I will say if I were to pick one, it would be “Screw your happy endings.” Just the way I like it. You can read my entire review right here at HorrorTalk.com.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    I received this arc from Netgalley. What a disappointing read. I thought I would be reading a super scary book but unfortunately that's not how it worked out. All of the previous books in this series were scary. This wasn't to my liking at all. I don't recommend it. I received this arc from Netgalley. What a disappointing read. I thought I would be reading a super scary book but unfortunately that's not how it worked out. All of the previous books in this series were scary. This wasn't to my liking at all. I don't recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose Haskins

    All the stories were different. I interesting but predictable. True to life, no happy endings. Would I read these books again? No. But they may be of interest to someone else.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This series always seems to hold a gem or two, that's why I keep reading them. The majority of the short stories are on the other hand not so great..worth it for the gems though... This series always seems to hold a gem or two, that's why I keep reading them. The majority of the short stories are on the other hand not so great..worth it for the gems though...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    A fine mix of strange stories to whet your appetite. Weird with a capital W.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire Carton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannan

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