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Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers
Del Howison (Editor)
0786716762
September 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If, as Howison writes in his afterword, "Horror has always been the blues of literature," then this anthology of 20 new tales of the macabre is an all-star concert whose performers work haunting riffs on gutbucket themes. In "The Reincarnate," Ray Bradbury makes a reanimated corpse the focus of a poetic reverie on death and loss. Clive Barker serves up a pastiche of the antique penny dreadful in "Haeckel's Tale," but with the traditional subtexts of sex and death unapologetically exposed to view. Supernatural and psychological horror interweave seamlessly in John Farris's "Bloody Mary Morning," a tale of modern horror with a classic Ambrose Bierce–style twist. In Ramsey Campbell's fiercely funny "The Announcement," a writer's psychological meltdown plunges him into a paranoid conspiracy distilled impurely...


Flesh & Blood
Max Allan Collins
0446677779
Apr 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Patterned after the long-running anthology series, Hot Blood, which Gelb cofounded, this collection offers 17 original tales and one "classic" that combine "hot passion and cold blood," as Collins describes it in his introduction. Although the original contributions were invited, the anthology often reads like a classroom assignment, with some stories hitting the mark and others missing badly. Several old pros prove adept at using the theme without losing the tight focus required. Donald Westlake's "The Girl of My Dreams," the collection's classic, is a high point. Edward D. Hoch, a master of the form, sets a mini-mystery in a club for the sexually adventurous in Paris in 1933. Stuart M. Kaminsky's tale has a hook so clever it will elicit grins and groans. Loren Estleman has no trouble acing the assignment with...


Deadly after Dark
Jeff Gelb (Editor)
0786016469
January 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The fourth sizzling collection in the Hot Blood series, no longer available in retail book stores. Here is terror and passion beyond the last taboo in an all-new collection of erotic horror from today's fright masters--Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Lucy Taylor and more. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Publisher
Considered by many to be the very best of the ten-volume Hot Blood series --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Hottest Blood
Jeff Gelb (Editor)
0786016450
September 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Crimes of Passion
Jeff Gelb (Editor)
0786016507
September 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
This ninth installment in the Hot Blood series shows no sign of flagging imagination on the part of the contributors--not surprisingly, because the concept of erotic horror encompasses everything dark and sensual that can happen between two beings (human or otherwise). In fact, in a time when only a few original (or mostly original) anthologies are published each year, Jeff Gelb's and Michael Garrett's has become one to bank on. The 13 stories in Crimes of Passion include three reprints (all from relatively obscure publications such as The Ontario Review) and 11 original tales, by such authors as Ramsey Campbell, Greg Kihn, Lawrence Block, Brian Hodge, Brian Lumley, Tom Piccirilli, and Joyce Carol Oates. There's not a bad story in the bunch, and several are strikingly effective--such as Kihn's acid-tripping nightmare in late...


Hot Blood XI
Jeff Gelb
0758200994
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Hot Blood
Jeff Gelb (Editor)
0786016434
June 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Strange Bedfellows
Jeff Gelb
0758206925
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Hotter Blood
Jeff Gelb (Editor)
0786016442
September 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers
Del Howison (Editor)
0786715863
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If, as Howison writes in his afterword, "Horror has always been the blues of literature," then this anthology of 20 new tales of the macabre is an all-star concert whose performers work haunting riffs on gutbucket themes. In "The Reincarnate," Ray Bradbury makes a reanimated corpse the focus of a poetic reverie on death and loss. Clive Barker serves up a pastiche of the antique penny dreadful in "Haeckel's Tale," but with the traditional subtexts of sex and death unapologetically exposed to view. Supernatural and psychological horror interweave seamlessly in John Farris's "Bloody Mary Morning," a tale of modern horror with a classic Ambrose Bierce–style twist. In Ramsey Campbell's fiercely funny "The Announcement," a writer's psychological meltdown plunges him into a paranoid conspiracy distilled impurely...


Stranger by Night: The Hot Blood Series
Jeff Gelb
0786016485
July 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Hot Blood X
Jeff Gelb
0786016515
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
This 10th annual edition of the Hot Blood series amply proves that erotic horror is no passing fad: the physical and psychological connections between bodies in lust and bodies in extremis appear to stimulate the imaginations of horror writers as few other themes can. And the behavior of people in sexual situations is always open to new turns of the screw. As Lawrence Block writes in the effective opening tale, "Three in the Side Pocket," "People always got more interesting when you handed them something they didn't expect. Especially if it wasn't what they wanted. Especially if it was painful, or frightening, or both."

The 17 original tales in Hot Blood X include a brilliant, shocking story about radical body-sculpting by the underrecognized Brian Hodge, an atmospheric Civil War piece by Stephen Gresham, a wry...



Flesh and Blood: Guilty as Sin
Max Allan Collins (Editor)
0446690392
April 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This all-original anthology of 23 rather explicit erotic tales, the third in the series (after 2002's Flesh and Blood: Dark Desires), is designed, its editors say, "to shock, titillate, and thrill," but meets those goals only occasionally. With a lineup anchored by such veterans as Loren Estleman and John Lutz, readers are guaranteed some entertaining stories. Dick Lochte's leadoff tale, "Low Tide," is a solid hit about a bank robbery with some unusual aftereffects. A number of couples are represented, either writing as a team or with separate contributions. Barbara Collins has a sly story about life, death and sex in an assisted-living home ("Dalliance at Sunnydale"), while husband Max partners with Matthew V. Clemens for a sexy spoof of a retired James Bond-type agent ("Lie Beside Me"). Michael Collins (aka...


Seeds of Fear
Jeff Gelb
0786016477
Apr 2005
Paperback
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