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Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror

Tor Nightfire. Mar. 2022. 272p. ed. by John F. D. Taff. ISBN 9781250817327. $26.99. HORROR
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In this genre-expanding anthology, featuring a foreword by horror superstar Josh Malerman and a thoughtful afterword by legend Ramsey Campbell, Taff selects 12 of the most imaginative authors in horror today and gives them a long leash to dive into terror. The result is that each story is like a mini novel, and the anthology as a whole will be held up as a “snapshot” of this moment in horror for years to come. A clear choice for fans of horror’s bigger names (Alma Katsu, Caroline Kepnes, Stephen Graham Jones), but don’t sleep on the stellar tales by Chesya Burke, Priya Sharma, and Usman Malik. At 500 pages, this volume is a beast, and the stories take brilliant chances that will be worth the time investment; expect many to be in the running for major genre awards in 2022.
VERDICT Most readers will focus on the epic table of contents, but ardent horror fans will appreciate this volume’s ode to the seminal out-of-print Dark Forces anthology edited by Kirby McCauley.Dark Forces similarly strove to bring horror to a wider audience in the 1980s and featured both an early Campbell story and Stephen King’s The Mist (which many consider to be his best novella).
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