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Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters

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Don't talk to strangers: the advice everyone hears and few heed. Now its menace has inspired acclaimed anthologist Michele Slung to seek a haunting variety of interpretations reminding us why we ignore this counsel at our peril. Intrigued as well by the slippery definition of "stranger," Slung has looked to such masters of lingering discomfiture as Patricia Highsmith, Ray ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2002)
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Neil McCrea
There are some great stories here, and they tend to come from the authors you expect them to come from (Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Jack Ketchum). The Lovecraft story is one of his lesser pieces but it doesn't lack for atmosphere. The work by lesser known authors is always at least competent and mildly diverting. The problem with this collection is entirely with the anthologist's introductions to the individual stories. She mimics Rod Serling but lacks his gifts. I found the introductio ...more
I love horror short stories (I like short stories in general, but love horror/macabre ones).

This one filled the bill nicely with quite a few little strange tales that lingered a bit with the creepy bits.

Definitely recommend this if you like short stories, especially the ones that make you stay awake a little longer than normal.
I don't typically read short stories but I wanted something creepy and decided to give this collection a try. The first story (Women's Room) was ok; it seemed a little underdeveloped thus a little underwhelming. I'm half way through the 2nd story and already bored. I'll finish it tonight and if I don't feel compelled to continue, it will be one other book filed under 'Another One Bites the Dust'. Not rating it because it's my first anothology, and not my typical read.
Aug 29, 2008 Galo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dark fantasy and suspense.
Shelves: short-fiction
Cutting to the chase, the stand-outs are: Tabitha King's the Women's Room, Thomas Tessier's In the Desert of Deserts, Patricia Highsmith The Nature of the Thing, G.K. Wouri The General Store, Jack Ketchum's The Box, Christopher Fowler's Hated, John Wyndham Meteor, Muriel Gray's Shite-Hawks, Shirley Jackson's Jack the Ripper, Nancy A. Collins' The Two-Headed Man, and Jay Russel's Hides.
I liked this book for the creepy factor. Some of the stories made me cringe while others had me looking over my shoulder. I love psychological thrillers and stories that mess with my mind. Good read!
Victor Rook
I'm a short story fan. Quite a variety in this one.
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