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Dark Love

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  576 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Each of these 22 original stories has been commissioned especially for this anthology. Works includes a novella by Stephen King and Karl Edward Wagner's last short story before his untimely death in 1994.

Introduction (1995) essay by T. E. D. Klein
Lunch at the Gotham Café (1995) novelette by Stephen King
The Psycho (1995) shortstory by Michael O'Donoghue
Pas de Deux (1995)
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Roc Hardcover (first published 1981)
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection, with stories from some of the best old school writers in the business - some of which may still shock many readers even in this day and age (I'm looking at you, "The Pentinent"! I loved you though!). There are no weak stories in this at all - which is unusual for an anthology - and some (particularly "Hymenoptera" and "Loop") are really beautifully written despite some challenging subject matter. Plus it includes a King story written specifically for the volume, the g ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very rarely do I find a collection of horror stories that are all good. Except for two stories the one with the artist and the bug; and the last story I really enjoyed this collection and even found a few new authors that i will need to check out.

My favorite was the story with the recently released mental patient who becomes a vacume salesman.
Next favorite was the creepy one where he falls in love with his ex- crushes daughter and they all try to kill each other.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Right from the get go this collection of "Dark Love" grabbed my attention. The introduction by T.E.D Klein asks a very simple question to the writers of this book: Do you really let your parents read this stuff? I constantly struggle with sharing my reading pleasure with my spouse, friends and family fearing what they may think. What sort of person reads this stuff? With Twenty two all original tales of lust and obsession I am sure we are going to have some fun reading these. Stand out performan ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was some sick ish. Like, for real. The places these authors when to for this horror/romance anthology are mind-boggling. I don't know how you reach the hell depths of some of the stories storylines without losing a tad bit of sanity. We're talking beheadings, rape, torture, post-mortem cunnilingus and many other cringe-worthy scenarios. It's friggin' gross, man. Plus, some of the stories peppered in real life scenarios. So, I learned about Budd Dwyer's live , on-camera suicide in 1987 and w ...more
I enjoyed this short story collection. The offerings were well-paced, with some nice plot twists and unique characters. Stephen King, Ed Gorman, and Ramsay Campbell have work included, as well as nineteen other authors. If there's a complaint, it's that a few of the selections are dark, but don't seem to fulfill the "love" part of the equation, no matter how loosely it's interpreted.
Steph (loves water)
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I couldn't give it a 2.5 rating, and could not give it a 3 because I did not like most of the stories. "Refrigerator Heaven," "Barbara" and "Locked Away" were creative.

I think I could have lived the rest of my life without reading "Loop" and been happy.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A cracking collection, from a great range of authors, very much recommended.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Some stories are good, others not as good but I think these stories form a good anthology.

There's no love without a little bit of obsession...
Miss H
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Several stories that will stay with you for years, so dark and alluring.

The Psycho is hilarious. John Peyton Cooke's The Penitent is...

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