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Murder for Halloween
From Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker to Peter Straub and Ed McBain, horror and mystery masters old and new join forces to present a terrifying collection of stories centered around the scariest day of the year. Includes Straub's never-before-published novella "Pork Pie Hat", McBain's new 87th Precinct story "Monsters", and Dorothy Cannell's "One Night at a Time".
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Warner Books (NY)
(first published 1994)
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I read Murder for Halloween, edited by Michele Slung and Roland Hartman, in September, a good month and a half before the appropriate date, but no matter. This book was initially published in 1994 and contains a mix of original stories and reprints, the latter going as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ("The Black Cat"). The highlight of the anthology is Peter Straub's "Pork Pie Hat," a novella that was originally published in this volume, concerning a jazz musician and strange events that occur to ...more
Paperback is a collection of 18 short stories written by well known mystery authors, namely Ed McBain, Steven Saylor, Ellery Queen, Peter Lovesey, Edward Hoch, Sugust Derleth, Marcia Muller, Edgar Allan Poe, James Grady, Robert Bloch, Michael Lewin, Gahan Wilson, Bram Stoker, Judith Garner, Dorothy Cannell, Talmage Powell, Anthony Boucher, and Peter Straub. I read the first two short stories, "Monsters" by McBain and "The Lemures" by Saylor. I decided this paperback was not my cup of tea.
I gave this book 3 stars not because the stories were bad really but because it was a weird mix of stories that for some reason I didn't feel belonged in the same book together. Also cause I was mixed between liking a few stories a lot and then having a few that were so so.