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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Mortbury Press (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955606136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955606137
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colin Leslie on 10 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The Fourth Black Book Of Horror is the ...wait for it... fourth in the series of collections from Mortbury Press, a series which is rapidly becoming an essential read for Horror fans. From the gory, delightfully over the top cover to the wide selection of styles, the Black Book collection is highly reminiscent of the classic Pan Book of Horror series but can the stories live up to that promise...you bet.

Fifteen remarkably diverse tales have been selected by Charles Black and it's testimony to his editorial skills that quality is consistently good. We start with Soup by Craig Herbertson a classy start to the collection that tells of the legendary Farantino, a chef who's food is the exclusive domain of a secret, connected society. It's a clever, imaginative and authoritative start.

Words by Paul Finch is one of my favourites, drawing heavily on the classic ghost stories, it's the tale of a writer in search of a story who seeks out a cursed village. Richly descriptive and dark it's a fine tale.

A Cry For Help by Joel Lane is a short and far from sweet tale of a town where everyone seems to have problems, dark and genuinely chilling. With Deepest Sympathy by Jonny Mains is a tongue in cheek story which sees the village busybody get her comeuppance in humerous if gory style, It's clever and sad.

Many Happy Returns by Carl T. Ford sees a neighbourhood in fear of a killer but its a tale with a twist, another clever and original piece. All Hallows Eve by Franklin Marsh continues the humerous theme as a town is visited by death..twice.

Dead Water by David A Sutton, struck a chord with me. It's rich in evocative natural descriptions but haunting at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2011
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At just over 220 pages there are 15 stories of various lengths most of which are pretty good. Volume 4 shows that Charles Black's series continues to gather pace and show that the art of short story horror writing is still quite healthy. There's even room for a few avant garde tales, some worked very well, others did not grab me first time round.

Soup (Craig Herbertson) - a group of strangers are invited to a feast prepared by the world's most famous chef. You'll no doubt guess where it is heading but he leaves a nice twist or two for the end,
Words (Paul Finch) - my favourite tale here, a writer travels to a village which is renowned for having a curse on it, although no one seems to know what the curse actually is, a great twist at the end that I never saw coming.
A Cry For Help (Joel Lane) - in town for a conference health insurance salesman Carl comes across people desperate for assistance, a low key yet very well written tale with a dark ending.
With Deepest Sympathy (Johnny Mains) - nice black humour as a twisted widow spills her bile amongst fellow townsfolk but goes one step too far.
Many Happy Returns (Carl T. Ford) - a series of deaths in a small town and Dan believes something is after him, he enters the house that he sees in his dreams.
All Hallow's Even (Franklin Marsh) - Giles De Ray celebrates Halloween in his own personal style, a superbly written darkly humorous tale.
Dead Water (David A. Sutton) - a bird watching trip to France sees two men alone in the marshes as night draws in, a very atmospheric and creepy tale,
'And Still Those Screams Resound...
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