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Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (Dark Delicacies #3)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A stellar cast of horror writers comprise this third entry in the Dark Delicacies anthology series. These twenty-one short works will examine and lay bare all the ways in which we are haunted—both literally and figuratively. With a new novella from David Morrell and a short story Chuck Palahniuk is writing as a teaching class on his blog, interest in this anthology will p
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Running Press (first published 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted is a hard book for me to review. It was very well done technically, but I did not enjoy as many of the stories as I hoped I would. Fundamentally, this is because I don't really care for type of horror showcased in a good number of these stories. In fact, I felt a mild sense of frustration as I read these stories, digging deep to find how the concept of 'haunted' applied to some of the tales. I think that afterword by Mr. Howison probably should have been at the begin ...more
Roberta Smith
I'm glad I read this book. It told me a lot about my preference in horror stories. I'm not really a blood and guts kind of reader. However, the story "In the Mix," which included such details, was great. I enjoyed the writing, skimmed the ick and focused on plot and characters.

I thought "How to Edit" was clever. "A Haunting" proved that horror can be many things, including a bittersweet love story. "Tyler's Third Act" held my interest with a memorable plot and good writing, but I can't say I li
A pretty decent collection of stories that are all some variation on the theme "haunted". A good many actual ghosts ranging from the loving to the terrifying with a couple of silly ones thrown in for good measure, as well as less literal takes on the theme. Chuck Palahniuk's contribution manages to include his delightful absurdity without much of the ridiculous grandiosity that too often accompanies it. Clive Barker ends the volume with a brief poem that I truly liked. Maria Alexander's tale of ...more
This was a delightfully horrible book! I really must get my hands on the first two volumes of "Dark Delicacies," because this one was very enjoyable. It is a book of short stories, edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb. It has quite a few stories in it, and I must say, I love the genre of short stories, especially of the horror variety. Some highlights...

"Children of the Vortex" by Simon Clark, features a supposedly abandoned Nazi genetic experiment. Only, it's not so abandoned, as the small group
What a delicious read! My personal favorites: Tyler's Third Act by Mick Garris (Oh Mick... You succeeded in creeping me out and almost making me lose my lunch. Literally, as I was on my lunch break at work while reading this story.) Man With A Canvas Bag by Gary A Braunbeck (One of my worst nightmares. I seriously may not sleep tonight.) A Haunting by John Connolly (Romantic and eerie... Loved it) And Last but not least The Architecture of Snow by David Morrell (Can't really explain it, I just l ...more
I finally managed to finish this anthology. Out of the 21-ish stories, there were only a few gems that managed to capture and hold my attention. "Though Thy Lips Are Pale" by Maria Alexander introduced a macabre perspective on unicorn folklore. John R. Little's "The Slow Haunting" gave an interesting twist to the lasting bond between twins, even after death. The zombie Nazis in "The Wandering Unholy" were fun, and who doesn't love a good zombie Nazi tale? "The Architecture of Snow" isn't all tha ...more
This volume of "horror" stories really disappointed me. I know that its theme doesn't necessarily suggest "scary," but this is a Dark Delicacies book! Held in the horror anthology section of bookstores. Was that expectation I had too much?

The only stories I could find myself liking were Connolly's "A Haunting," Little's "The Slow Haunting," Braunbeck's "Man with a Canvas Bag," and Barker's "And So with Cries." Only Barker's earned five stars. The other three earned maybe three and a halfs or fou
Good collection. I actually bought it for the Palahniuk story "Fetch", which disappointed me. Not at all like his novels. None of that trademark Palahniuk stuff that makes you say, "Wow, I can't believe I just read that..." I thoroughly enjoyed "How to Edit" by Richard Christian Matheson. Very original and creative. The Heather Graham story was good, but unoriginal. "The Slow Haunting" was very creepy, and almost disturbing. "Tyler's Third Act" was very insightful of the media industry, and what ...more
Quite the array of horrifying stories that will make tingles run up and down your spine and/or wonder if these stories could really happen somewhere.
Already enjoying the first story in the book. Was macabre and dark but always remained human. Remains in the mind long after reading. I can not wait to continue reading and I would definitely say that the title is well devised. This story is still haunting me with the thought that if it can be imagined, that it can be real.

The stories don't disappoint. They approach the issue of haunting (and what it is to be haunted) from many different perspectives and many of them stay with you. Having slipp
I haven't read or heard of some of these writers before now...But I will be sure to dive into some more reads by them!
Like any anthology, Dark Delicacies III has the good and the bad, moreson the good, though. While the topic is hauntings the authors contained within are not pigeonholed to the standard haunted house as the term haunting certainly can mean more than your typical old dark house. Some stories will stick with you - haunting the reader long after the final word - while some are as forgettable as that wisp of etheral matter caught out of the corner of your eye.
Apr 25, 2011 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of short horror fiction
Great collection of quality short horror fiction by some prominent names in the field. Some highlights include How To Edit by Richard Christian Matheson, A Nasty Way To Go by Ardath Mayhar, Tyler's Third Act by Mick Garris, The Slow Haunting by John R. Little, Man With A Canvas Bag by Gary A. Braunbeck, and The Architecture Of Snow by David Morrell.
This third in a wonderful collection of short stories by the masters of horror, selected by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb is an absolute must read for the lover of the macabre. As always, there is not a dud in the whole bunch. Every single story is chock full of delightful things that go bump in the night. Most enjoyable.
Bought this only because of the Palahniuk story, Fetch. I was disappointed there, but pleasantly surprised with others. David Morrell's story, The Architecture of Snow, was fantastic. The editor writes a short note at the end about the word haunt that I enjoyed, as well. Good collection overall.
Had to pick and choose stories, some were not worth the read - too vulgar and several are rather sexual in nature, but like a recipe book there are a few good ones.
So far I have read seven of the twenty stories. I've enjoyed each of them, and really appreciate that each ha a different take on the "Haunted" theme.
Some truly haunting tales, including "The Slow Haunting" by John R. Little and "The Architecture of Snow" by David Morrell. Highly recommended.
Really well written and a great selection of stories but I had to put it down a few times and walk away. Just a bit to gruesome for me.
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These stories seemed mediocre to me but this may have been due to my high expectations.
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