During the month of October 2017, Brian James Freeman and the folks at Hydra, have gotten together to present a total of twenty-five Halloween tales of horror from twenty-five of the best genre writers working today. Every Tuesday during October there was a new volume in the Halloween Carnival anthology series.
Volume Five concludes the series with five tales of Halloween horror. The fun begins with...
Devil's Night by Richard Chizmar - "Tonight was Devils's Night. A night for mischief as my father used to say." A love triangle and a murder. I've read this short before. A great "What would you do?" mystery.
The Last Dare by Lisa Tuttle - The Tower House was both foreboding and forbidden. All the more reason to visit on Halloween.
The Halloween Bleed (A Dr. Sibley Curiosity) by Norman Prentiss - "What if Halloween...bleeds into other days? It doesn't matter when a story is written, or when you read it. What matters is that it has an effect on you. It casts a spell." A well-crafted tale with a delightful twist.
Swing by Kevin Quigley - "Love is strange and death is an aphrodisiac."
Port Pie Hat by Peter Straub - The novella in this collection is another I've read before, but it also happens to be one of the best Halloween horror stories I've ever read. Hat is a Jazz musician and when a fan tries to conduct an interview he hears the horrifying story of a Halloween night in the 'the Backs."
Definitely recommended and somewhat sad to see this series come to a close.
Halloween Carnival Volume Five is published by Hydra, a division of Random House, and is available as an ebook.