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Dark Universe

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The second installment of a career-spanning collection of award-winning stories from a master of the horror genre.

Collects the renowned author's award-winning horror stories in one chilling volume that takes readers into a dark realm where nothing is what it seems and terror hides in the shadows. — Stories include: — Kelly, Fredric Michael — On 42nd St. — Halloween man — F
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 28th 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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Evans Light
If you see this review pop up in my status update over and over, it's because I'll be adding reviews for each story as I work my way through the book. Reviews are possibly, but not necessarily, in order.

**** The Underdweller

I just recently discovered William F. Nolan while reading another anthology, and decided to order his collection of short stories. This first story, The Underdweller, did not disappoint.

Starting off like a tale set in the universe of Matheson's I Am Legend, Lewis Stillman is
Randolph Carter
Feb 08, 2014 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a lot better than Nightworlds. The stories are still pretty much old school scare-ems but with a lot more atmosphere and better writing. The stories are just snappier, even the more predictable ones. I think Nightworld was probably "leftover" from this Dark Universe collection which was published a year earlier. This was a nice fun fast collection that you could probably read in one or two nights. Good campfire fare.

Note: Nightworlds and Dark Universe are confounded on good
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
After doing some research on author William F. Nolan, I was embarrassed that I had not read any of his work. What a discovery! This living legend is a true chameleon when it comes to writing styles. Each story is so very different from the next -- the style, plot, characters, descriptions, etc. I had a wonderful time with this short story collection and I recommend it to fans both in and out of the horror genre. It has something for everyone. My two favorites are the utterly terrifying LONELY TR ...more
Erik Chrissis
Feb 14, 2016 Erik Chrissis rated it it was ok

Perusing the shelves in the ‘Horror’ section of Half Price Books with a short list of authors I have been on the lookout for, I found a copy of Dark Universe mixed in the second half of the alphabet, placed there almost as an afterthought following row upon row of King and Koontz. This collection of short fiction is my first encounter with the fiction of William F. Nolan. From what I have been able to gather, he is a living legend of sorts in the genres of horror and science fiction, among other

Dec 14, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok
While normally I adore most anything by Nolan, this collection of his shorts just didn't do it for me this time. There were several standout stories and the forward by Christopher Conlon is an excellent tribute to Nolan but the majority of the selections were not some of his best in my opinion.
Joe  Noir
This is an extraordinary book. It features all of Nolan's best stories. If you have never read Nolan, start here.
John Bruni
May 06, 2014 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
What an amazing collection! I've always loved Nolan's short fiction. He's an absolute master. However, it's been a while since I read his work, and I'm actually surprised to find how much of him rubbed off on my own writing career. I've read a few of these before, and they're all great. Of the ones I haven't read before, I think my favorite would have to be . . . eh, I can't really say, they're all that great. "Boyfren" is particularly dark. So is "The Yard." In fact, things very rarely end well ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are a few strong stories in this collection, but the majority are surprisingly bloodless and unimaginative affairs. Most rely on predictable twists for cheap effect. Nolan is something of a hack who fancies himself an artist. On the occasions when he feels he has something to say, he has characters overstate his themes, or clumsily stuffs some moral or dull revelation into the closing paragraphs. He's very much of the Robert Bloch/B-episode-Twilight-Zone school of genre fiction. His sci-fi ...more
Christopher Beck
May 11, 2011 Christopher Beck rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant collection from a great writer. Give it a read.
Lydia Peever
Loved the introduction.
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William F. Nolan is best known as the co-author (with George Clayton Johnson) of Logan's Run -- a science fiction novel that went on to become a movie, a television series and is about to become a movie again -- and as single author of its sequels. His short stories have been selected for scores of anthologies and textbooks and he is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Myste ...more
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