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Dark Screams: Volume Two

(Dark Screams #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson scale new heights of horror, suspense, and grimmest fantasy in Dark Screams: Volume Two, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the renowned Cemetery Dance Publications.
THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon
Everyone thinks the drowning death of Neil Calder in the loc
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Hydra
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
When this book came up for review at Net Galley I jumped on it, because I enjoyed the first volume so much. Unfortunately, I didn't find this volume to be as good as the first.

My favorite story of the bunch is BY FAR, The Deep End by Robert McCammon. Not just because he's one of my favorite authors, but because the story ROCKED. 5*

Unfortunately, most of the rest of the stories just didn't resonate with me.

Interval by Norman Prentiss should have made an impression on me, considering what's gone
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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4 Stars!

Anthologies can be very tough to rate. I find that most anthologies have some stories that I like and some that don't work for me. This group of stories was surprisingly good. I loved a couple of the stories, liked a couple, and disliked only one story. I picked this short book up because I was in the mood for something a little different and I had planned to just read one story at a time in between other books. Once I started this bo
Andi Rawson
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Dark Screams: Volume Two, like the first, is a decent horror anthology. Although I only really liked two stories out of the five, those two were pretty damn good. The Deep End by Robert R. McCammon was my first McCammon story and I enjoyed it very much. I have heard from McCammon fans that this wasn't his best but regardless, I liked it. The writing was good, the story line captivating and the ending....well, you will just have to read it to find out. The other one that I really liked
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

DARK SCREAMS: Volume Two is another great collection of five shorter tales by both well known, and one new-to-me, author.

The first story, "The Deep End", by Robert McCammon was my favorite story in the collection. An emotionally-charged tale that will have you thinking twice before your next trip to the community pool.... A solid 5 stars!

"Interval", by Norman Prentiss is another tale that focuses on the emotions it evokes, but in an entirely different way. 4 stars.

"If These Walls Could
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a nice surprise. I read, and was disappointed in, volume one of this series, but this was such an improvement - five stories and four of them I really can't ask for much more from any anthology.

"The Deep End" - Robert R. McCammon - I've been a McCammon fan since reading the fantastic Swan Song when I was in high school. A haunted....swimming pool? OK, sounds crazy, but it totally works. I always appreciate stories where the danger is recognized by the world at large, and not
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, horror, 2015-reads
I recieved an ARC copy on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The second in the series continues the high quality. Read it in one sitting.

Overall Rating 4 stars.

The Deep End by Robert McCammon

I don’t like swimming in my pool at night with the light off. Yes, it is my pool and I know every inch of it. Maybe if I hadn’t read so many horror stories over the years, my imagination wouldn’t conjure up things in the dark water. I just find myself waiting for the touch of somet
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Anthologies are very hit or miss for me and Dark Screams 2 is no exception. This one starts out strong and then unfortunately falls into similar trappings that a lot of anthologies fall into by including lesser known and obscure works that are suppose to bring depth to the collection, but ultimately bring the whole thing down into mediocrity.

My favorites by a wide margin were the first two stories - The Deep End by Robert McCammon and Interval by Norman Prentiss. The other three were not nearly
While the first Dark Screams volume was a wild mixture of stories without a recognizable common theme, this second collection seems better tuned. It presents stories of dark things lurking in completely unobtrusive places. A swimming pool, walls in a house, or even a wardrobe - suddenly they reveal a hidden evil which bereaves them of their inconspicuousness.

The Deep End (Robert McCammon)
Very straightforward and uncomplicated. My only criticism would be the unnecessary 'epilogue'. I guess this o
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Volume two of this horror anthology was uncharacteristically better than the debut one. Again same format, five stories with no theme. Two of the authors lesser known. With the first three stories it was the same sort of averageness that hindered the volume one, but then terrific story by the master really landed it, as always the strength is the backstory and, aside from the fact that antique furniture is decidedly creepy on its own, you'll never look at wardrobes the same way again. Last story ...more
Maxine Marsh
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

This short anthology featured 5 great short stories.

McCammon's story is a nice start to the collection. Is there really a murderous creature inhabiting the town's public pool or has a father's grief gone brought his sanity to its edge? Straight forward, no frills. Prentiss's "Interval" is a unique idea that hits a little too close to home. Madison and Masterson deliver, one with a more happy ending than the other. Richard Matheson ends the collection with a more ponderous experience, where pop
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another outstanding collection of stories. The second volume in this ongoing series of books brings five writers together and one of their stories. The five stories in this collection are from Richard Christian Matheson, Robert McCammon,Norman Prentiss,Graham Masterton and a new writer to me Shawntelle Madison. The McCammon story and the Richard Christian Matheson stories are reprints but stories I have never read. The other three are new stories and are all good. The only complaint with this se ...more
After thoroughly enjoying the first volume of Dark Screams, I quite looked forward to this second volume. In the back of my mind though, I wondered if it could meet expectations.

It certainly started off strong enough with the likes of Robert McCammon and some good ol' small town horror in a tale called "The Deep End." It's a really good, gripping story about a grieving father convinced it was a monster that killed his son at the town swimming pool and not the latest in a long line of drownings.
Bree Garcia
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
These volumes are quickly becoming my favorite collections of short stories. I devoured the first one, and this one was no different. I guess I should just review one story at a time.

"The Deep End" - Poor Glen Calder has just lost his sixteen year old son in a drowning accident. Only Glen knows that it wasn't really an accident, but some creepy force that has been "drowning" people for years. This story reminded me of Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and that's a good thing. Added terrifying bonus b
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, horror
DARK SCREAMS VOLUME 2 was as amazingly good as the names on the cover will lead you to believe. And these names did provide every bit of entertainment and reading pleasure you could ask for. i was surprised to see two reprints within, but had only one on my shelf. And I don't mind saying that having it on kindle is a pleasure.

THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon is my duplicate. It won the Stoker award in 1987 for Best Short Story. It was well deserved! McCammon wrote a kickass story about a grieving
James Campbell
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
First of all thank you to NetGalley and Brian James Freeman for providing me with a review copy!

Well, this is another collection of shorts from some of the powerhouse authors of dark fiction/horror. Although not as good as Vol 1, this is still a good variety of stories.

The Deep End - a story of loss and revenge with some monster action was one of my favourites from this collection.

I also thought The Night Hider by Graham Masterton was a solid story as well - things got started from the opening,
Leah Polcar


I am not a fan of monsters, but this was interesting. That it is a undetected public pool monster is a definate plus.


Great idea which failed a bit at the end and could have been a bit better written at the beginning. There was probably just too much going on here for a short story -- at least the way it was ultimately presented.




Again, not the best written story, but passable. Also felt that the plot could have been more devel
Joe Piccoli
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ha-challenge
THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon 4 Stars
INTERVAL by Norman Prentiss 3.75 Stars
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK by Shawntelle Madison 3 Stars
THE NIGHT HIDER by Graham Masterton 2 Stars
WHATEVER by Richard Christian Matheson 3 Stars (Even though it didn't quite fit into the anthology)
Eddie Generous
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four great stories. One of the best Dark Screams.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Of all of the sub-genres grouped under the umbrella term of speculative fiction, horror is the one I’m least at home in. After an early experiment reading Carrie and a rather disastrous encounter with It, it has only been in the past few years that I’ve slowly stuck my toe in the pool that is horror fiction to test whether I dare get in the water. And I’ve mostly enjoyed those first few steps into the pool to stretch the metaphor a bit. Still, my first reaction when offered a horror title for re ...more
Robert Walton
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review is for the second book in the Dark Screams series published by Cemetery Dance. I received an advanced reading copy and this is my review of the contents, with an effort toward not spoiling the fun for YOU:

“The Deep End” by Robert McCammon first appeared in print 28 years ago, but the story is as fresh as if it had just been written. It centers on a father, Glenn, who has lost his son in a drowning accident at a local public pool. After researching other deaths, Glenn becomes convince
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Volume two of Freeman and Chizmar's Dark Screams anthology is, when compared to its predecessor, a mixed bag.

Once again things open up with the big-ticket name, in this case Robert McCammon and his tale "The Deep End." I've read this story several times in the past as it's been included in a number of "Year's Best" anthologies, but I read it again here because it is just so fantastically written. It is the story of a grieving father that refuses to accept that his son died of something so mundan
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this ebook only series that collects five short horror stories by popular authors. Two of the stories in this collection are previously published with the other three being printed for the first time. In the first book, I knew all the authors, this time I only know two of them. However, my favourite story in the collection was by a new-to-me author, Shawntelle Madison.

1. The Deep End by Robert McCammon (1987) - This collection starts with a previously published story b
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy (arc) of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.

My excitement for this anthology series continues as I embark on the dark horror train that is Dark Screams: Volume Two. I was mostly as impressed with the content of this volume as I had been with the previous volume, with one glaring exception detailed below. There also seemed to be more of a theme tying the first four of these tales together … the idea of a dark and sinister force lurking just o
Ronald Weston
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Disclosure: I received an uncorrected proof of this e-book from NetGallery for an honest review.

This second volume of Dark Screams is as impressive as the first. All of the stories are well-written and each has its own take on horror.

Robert McCammon's leadoff tale, "The Deep End" is an old fashioned, satisfying horror story of grief and revenge. The chills mount as the murkiness of pool waters close in on the hunter and when the climax occurs it is quick and pulse pounding. Like the King story i
John J Questore
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had the distinct pleasure of receiving an advanced copy of Dark Screams: Volume One with the understanding that I would again receive an advanced copy of Dark Screams: Volume Two after I wrote a review.

So, here is my review of Dark Screams: Volume Two.

Again, I must preface this with the fact that I HATE e-books. But these two volumes have made it less painful. I eagerly await volume three.

Again, this book consisted of five stories. Here's the breakdown:

1. “The Deep End” by Robert McCammon: Wha
Jennifer McLin Ramirez
I received this book as an advance copy and, in return, I was asked to provide an honest review. On the whole, I enjoyed it much less than I did Volume One.

1. “The Deep End” by Robert McCammon: This was the best story in the collection. Mr. McCammon is one of my favorite authors and I was thrilled to find something of his that I had not previously read. The story was well-done and, even though it wasn’t very scary, I enjoyed it very much.

2. “Interval” by Norman Prentice: It was also very well-wr
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle
Once again, let me preface the review by stating that the copy I read was an ARC I received for free for the purpose of reviewing it.

While I enjoyed Dark Screams: Volume Two, I found it a little disjointed. The stories did not mesh with each other as the stories in the first volume did (despite different topics, the tones were similar enough in the first volume that the book seemed more seamless).

The second volume in the series contains five short stories by masters of the horror genre.

"The Deep
Reader's Hollow
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short stories, for me, are just snippets of a bigger, more awesome story. This is often why I don't review them. I want the big story, not a preview. But I couldn't pass up on the incredibly talented authors. If you're unfamiliar with any of the names, this is like that sample platter at the pub. So sit back, keep your feet from dangling over the edge of the bed, keep a light on, and enjoy.

The Deep End by Robert R. McCammon is a haunting tale with a creepy and mysterious adversary. I always like
Carolyn Injoy
I received a free kindle copy of Dark Screams Volume Two by multiple authors published by Random House Publishing Group - Hydra from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

I found these stories to be entertaining. I liked three of them. I was disappointed in two of them. For this reason I gave this book almost four stars.

Story descriptions taken from Amazon synopsis.
"THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon
Everyone thinks the drowning death of Neil Calder in the local swimming pool was a tragic accident
Ed Gosney
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I didn’t like Dark Screams: Volume Two as much as I did Volume One, it is still an entertaining read for the price. I was excited to see that it contained a Robert McCammon story, “The Deep End,” but it turned out to be one I read when it was originally released back in the late 80s. Yet I enjoy his brand of storytelling, and it was long enough ago that I didn’t remember much of what happened, so all is forgiven.

“Interval,” by Norman Prentiss, is a disturbing tale to read if you’re at an a
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Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His short stories, essays, novellas, and novels have been published by Warner Books, Leisure, Cemetery Dance, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, and many others. His newest book-length work of fiction is The Painted Darkness, which was published in December 2010 by Cem ...more

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