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Dark Screams: Volume One

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Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell are the first contributors to a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge. From Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Publications, Dark Screams: Volume One reaches across genres ...more
Kindle Edition, 81 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Hydra
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Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of short stories and dark fiction
This anthology consists of short stories by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark and Ramsey Campbell. How could a reader go wrong?

The Stephen King story "Weeds" was part of the movie Creepshow. This is the one in which the King himself starred, where the meteor fell to earth in the man's backyard. In the movie, I thought the tale was hokey, but in the book I liked it more. We are privy to more of Jordy's inner thoughts, which makes it funnier, but at the same time, sadder.
Will M.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an arc from Netgalley

Dark Screams is a collection of short stories from various authors. One of those authors would be Stephen King, and he's one of my favorites. I tried my best not to be biased about the novel just because he wrote one of the short stories, and in the end, his story was not even my favorite of them all.

There were 5 short stories, and 4 of them were really great short reads. The only bad one would be The Watched. I didn't enjoy it at all. Flat characters and borin
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

3 Stars

As with most anthologies, I felt that some of the stories were very good and some I wish I had skipped. I originally sat down to read a romance novel the night I read this book but I realized that I was not in the mood to read romance so I decided to start on this book of horror short stories i
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I have a severe love/hate relationship with anthologies. Unfortunately, I also have a severe weakness for horror thereby resulting in a trigger happy request thumb.

Only one story in this book piqued my interest - Weeds, by Stephen King. Which, was published in 1976 for the first time and so is extremely well known and, well, old.

Uncle Stevie himself played the role of Jordy in the Creepshow movie rendition.

Fun little fact there for ya, since I have nothing really positive to say about the
Dark Screams: Volume One is the first volume in a series of short-story collections. The short-stories featured in this particular collection are listed in order below along with their authors and my review. I gave the collection a rating of 4.10 stars, as averaged from my individual ratings below.

Weeds – Stephen King
Loved this sci-fi themed horror story that very much feels like an old-school twilight zone episode. And it’s Stephen King! Enough said.

The Price You Pay – Kelley Armstrong
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Screams: Volume One, is a collection of five short stories, edited by Cemetery Dance's Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman. Each author presented had a unique voice, and stories that were all well worth reading.

Included in this collection are:
--"Weeds", by Stephen King (4 stars): I remember the movie adaption of this one well, but reading it was even better! The little, subtle touches like the "sounds" of growing really helped add to the atmosphere of confused terror.
--"The Price You Pa
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This is an outstanding anthology. There are some major big-hitters in here. I’m talking about Simon Clark, Bill Pronzini, Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King.

The stories, of course, are marvelous! This is a fantastic new magazine and I love it and will definitely be reading another one.
Andi Rawson
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Dark Screams: Volume One by Brian James Freeman An admitted horror addict, I couldn’t wait for Dark Screams: Volume One to come out and thanks to NetGalley I didn’t have to wait all that long. I have a love/hate relationship with horror anthologies, and this one was no different for me. I really loved Weed’s by Stephen King and it was everything I have come to expect from his stories. The Price You Pay by Kelly Armstrong had a strong storyline and a satisfying ending, in my opinion. I ...more
A nice collection of short stories that were very well narrated.

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"Weeds" by Stephen King Amazingly short for something written by King. It was a fairly pedestrian SF-horror story featuring an alien invasion. The main character was overdone, but it was fun. 3 stars

"The Price You Pay" by Kelley Armstrong Dark & twisty with a satisfying, if creepy ending. Very well done! 4 stars

"Magic Eyes" by Bill Pronzini I think I've read this before. I think of Pronzini as a mystery author. I
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2014-reads, horror
Since these are short stories, I can’t talk too much about them without giving away the plot. I enjoyed all of the stories and several were excellent, including an oldie but goodie from Stephen King. (See individual ratings below)

Weeds by Stephen King
Early Stephen King. I remember this story from the first Creepshow movie although the story here is not nearly as comic as the movie and much darker. King captures the spirit, dark humor, and fun of EC Comics perfectly. The kid who grew up on their
Frank Errington
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dark Screams - Volume One is the first in a new series of mini-horror-anthologies from Hydra, the ebook imprint from Random House, focusing on science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Richard Chizmar is the founder/editor and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and Cemetery Dance Publications. Brian James Freeman is the managing editor of Cemetery Dance Publications. They are both well-respected horror writers in their own right.

Dark Screams - Volume One begins with "Weeds, " by St
Meh. An anthology of five previously published short stories.
The formatting left something to be desired, too.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

I think that saying sums up this little anthology of horror stories fairly well. It's not a big book, weighing in under a hundred pages, but it's ten pounds of darkness in a five pound bag. Okay, okay, I'm getting a little too crazy with the metaphors too early.

Kicking off the fun is Stephen King, probably a guy who is as good at writing a short story as he is famous for writing his novels. "Weeds" may not be at the
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Cemetery Dance for giving me the opportunity to read this awesome anthology. I think horror lovers alike will enjoy reading this. Stephen King's Weeds was quirky and fun more than scary, but that's ok; it was enjoyable. The Watcher was weird and confusing, however, it did manage to keep my interest. Murder in Chains was pretty good. It really had me going but then the end kinda left it open and incomplete. Magic Eyes was well done. I really liked the diary style of writing and how the ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Screams: Volume One is a very good collection of stories by five very good writers and edited by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman. The first was Weeds by Stephen King I gave 4 stars. The second was The Price You Pay by Kelley Armstrong I gave 3 1/2 stars. The third was Magic Eyes by Bill Pronzini my least favorite I gave 3 stars. Fourth was Murder in Chains by Simon Clark my favorite I gave it 4 1/2 stars. The fifth was The Watched by Ramsey Campbell I gave 4 stars. I'm not a real bi ...more
Eddie Generous
The Stephen King story was all sorts of fun and the Ramsey Campbell story was highly entertaining too.
Michael Hicks
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review via NetGalley.]

Dark Screams, Volume One collects five short stories, making this small anthology a fairly breezy read, but an ultimately disappointing collection.

Up first is Stephen King’s 1976 story, Weeds, which was the basis for “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” in George Romero’s horror film anthology Creepshow. Here, we witness a meteor crashing on Jordy Verrill’s farm and splitting open to spill a strange, white substance up
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ebook from Netgalley for the reviewing purposes. For such an all star line up, this was a notably lackluster collection. Not bound thematically, the stories range from supernatural to psychological horror, primarily the latter and none of them really wow. The only author I've never read before was Armstrong, her traditional fantasy fare just isn't my thing, but her story was actually perfectly fantasy free, a very reality based tale of obsessions and friendship gone too far. This ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this eclectic mix of horror and suspense shorts edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. I will resist the urge to review the individual stories, but will say that each of these shorts had its own voice and each tale was enjoyable in its own way. Highly recommended for a quick read with good mix of authors and writing styles. I am looking forward to more volumes in this series.
Rachel Bea
"Murder in Chains" by Simon Clark was definitely my favorite story out of this collection. It's also my first time I read anything by him, so it left a great first impression. ...more
Sherry Fundin
Dark Screams has a little something for everyone.

I believe you will recognize some of these names.

Weeds by Stephen King

Jordy Verrell was the first one to reach the meteor. It was better than fireworks. He doused it with water and it broke apart. Uh oh. He wasn't the sharpest tack in the box. He had a bad feeling about what' s inside and so did I. I love Stephen King's writing. He comes up with come creepy and original ideas. I have most of his books and I am always eager to see what he comes up
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DARK SCREAMS is the first volume in what for me is a highly anticipated set of anthologies by well known authors to be sold at a very reasonable price.

Volume One brought us a Steven King classic from 1976 not seen in print since his days of Cavalier magazine. It was however made into a movie. Since I had never actually read this story - WEEDS - I was more than happy yo settle in and read it for the first time. I had pictures of Jordy in my head, and that was just fine with me. How can you give c
I am going to start by saying I bought this ebook because of a facebook post that said something about letting Stephen King read you a bedtime story. Who wouldn't want that? I was a little irritated when I realized this was NOT a newly published short story, but one I've read many times before. I quickly got over that because not only is this recycled King a gem, but the other three stories included are also pretty good.

Jordy Verrill, the only character in “Weeds”, the first story, is a staple
I'm definitely guilty of being inclined to pick up any compilation with Stephen King's name included in hopes of finding a new King story. Unfortunately here the story was "Weeds", originally published in the late 1970s (it served as part of the the basis for the movie Creepshow).

The other stories are "The Price You Pay" by Kelley Armstrong, "Magic Eyes" by Bill Pronzini, "Murder in Chains" by Simon Clark and "The Watched" by Ramsey Campbell and all of these four look to be new. "Murder in Chai
Enjoyable enough of a read, but kind of uneven - only King's "Weeds" delivered all the way through. The other four tales all were engrossing to a point, but for me each ran out of steam at the end. (Simon Clark's "Murder in Chains" would've kicked major ass if it had stuck the landing.)

No idea if I was partial to King's story because I remember "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" from the 'Creepshow' movie or if I might have wandered into a copy/reprint of the original 'Cavalier' printing some
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Screams is the first short story collection edited by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman. Each author brings their own unique style to the collection. Over all this was a very good collection with a great mix. My favorite story was The Price You Have To Pay by Kelly Armstrong. This was a story about vengeance with a surprising twist at the end. Looking forward to other volumes of Dark Screams.
Terry Weyna
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Screams: Volume One is the first of at least four volumes of short horror anthologies that are projected for publication through August 2015. The books are being published as ebooks only through Random House’s digital-only genre imprint, Hydra, for a bargain price of $2.99.

Volume One starts out with one of the most popular horror writers ever: Stephen King. “Weeds” was originally published in Cavalier, a “men’s magazine,” in 1976, and has never been reprinted until now — though it did becom
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Dark Screams is an entertaining horror anthology and a quick read - great for the chilly weather and spooky feel of autumn. It consists of 5 short stories. My favorites were Weeds by Stephen King and Magic Eyes by Bill Pronzini. Even in just a few short pages, the character development was spot-on. As for the other 3 stories, they weren't bad by any means - they just weren't as strong. In general, this is definitely worth a read for horror lovers!

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the AR
Joe Piccoli
2.5* WEEDS by Stephen King
4* THE PRICE YOU PAY by Kelley Armstrong
3.5* MAGIC EYES by Bill Pronzini
5* MURDER IN CHAINS by Simon Clark
1* THE WATCHED by Ramsey Campbell
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just okay. Only 5 short stories. Weeds by King being the best.
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Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three kids, and two German Shorthaired Pointers. More books are on the way.

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