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Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers

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A spellbinding collection of short fiction explores the dark imaginations and experiences of the human mind in spine-tingling tales of horror and suspense by Zane, Tananarive Due, Stephen Barnes, Robert Fleming, and other distinguished African-American authors. Original. 45,000 first printing.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Kensington
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MontiLee Stormer
Jul 18, 2008 MontiLee Stormer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Dear god how I hated this book.

This was one of those listens/reads that makes me think that throwing enough pointless sex and swears into a book makes it publishable.

Tired is how I'd describe Zane's "Resident Evil" - the vampirism was yawn-inducing and the sex was tossed in because without it there's no story. Unfortunately with it, it reads a step below a Penthouse Forum Letter. Characters who seem dumber than a box of hair, and yet manage to have massive student loans. Thanks for not creating
Lena Tumasyan
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it's unfortunate that dark dreams starts off on such a horrible note with zane's "resident evil," an awful amalgam of vampire horror and erotica, because i'm sure that it could be really off-putting to someone who picks it up at random. however, if you power through or just ignore the story, i'm finding that DD reads as a typical anthology--some meh stories, and some that really shine. "bras coupe" and "hair dreams" are my favorites so far.
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Massey is one of my favorite horror/thriller/suspense writers and I finally got a chance to read this collection of stories. He has stepped out of the box and given known and unknown African American authors to show their work to the world. The contributing authors are: Zane, Robert Fleming, Chesya Burke, Kalamu ya Salaam, Joy M. Copeland, L.R. Giles, L.A. Banks, Ahmad Wright, Lawana Holland-Moore, Christopher Chambers, D.S. Foxx, Terence Taylor, Linda Addison, Rickey Windell George, Francine Le ...more
My thoughts about this collection of short stories have changed in the weeks since I finished reading them. I enjoyed most of the stories as I read them. However, there are only three I would read a second time. Bras Coupe by Kalamu ya Salaam and Granddad's Garage by Brandon Massey were stories with protagonists and environments that I could vividly see and care about. The ending of each story is creepy yet satisfying. Danger Word by Steven Barnes and Tananrive Due was also in interesting read. ...more
I got this book because i wanted to read Tananavarie Due and Stephen Barnes zombie story Danger Word before the short film came out. The rest of these stories were highly disappointing. I will say that Dreads by D.S. Foxx and he Who Takes Away the Pain by Chesya Burke were on point. Everything else was just okay and/or a nice try to cross genres. Not all that impressed or interested in adding these authors to my library.
Any one story where the author can manage to weave a Phillis Wheatley reference into a horror story, as Brandon Massey did in Granddad's Garage, is aces with me! A terrific collection of chilling tales, all of them good, many of them fantastic. I like stories that keep me thinking.
I found the collection boring.
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Here’s a little about me, Brandon Massey. (“Massey” is not pronounced “macy,” by the way. Think of “mass” instead.)

I was born June 9, 1973, in Waukegan, Illinois. I grew up in Zion, a suburb north of Chicago.

I originally self-published Thunderland, my first novel, in 1999. After managing to sell a few thousand copies on my own, Kensington Publishing Corp. in New York offered me a two-book contract
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