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Turn Down the Lights Hardcover – 15 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587674378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587674372
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loved this. All the stories in it were wonderful and it was very easy to read. Perfect bedtime book :)
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I bought this book as I thought it was mostly Stephen King. In fact, only the first story is by him, which I enjoyed very much. I found the rest of the book mediocre at best.
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HASH(0x9844b7ec) out of 5 stars short but sweet 17 Jan. 2014
By Bryant Burnette - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This ten-story anthology from Cemetery Dance is arguably a bit overpriced ($35 for a mere 174 pages seems steep-ish to me), but there's one thing that isn't in doubt as far as I'm concerned: the stories are good. I only disliked one, and a .900 batting average is pretty dang strong for an anthology.

"Summer Thunder" by Stephen King: I bought the book because I'm a huge King fan, so I was predisposed to think this was the best story in the book. And yet, I still think it's the best story in the book! Dark, dark stuff; one of the darkest short stories King has ever written, which is saying something.

"Incarnadine" by Norman Partridge: This was the one I disliked. But even it has some strong imagery.

"The Western Dead" by Jack Ketchum: A zombie Western? Yep. Pretty good one, too.

"An Instant Eternity" by Brian James Freeman: I wanted a bit more out of this one, but it was still pretty good; a reporter in a war-torn country tries to help a little girl.

"In the Room" by Bentley Little: No idea what is going in this story, but dang, is it creepy. You will never think of the phrase "in the room" the same way again.

"Flying Solo" by Ed Gorman: A darkly comic vigilante tale crossed with "Grumpy Old Men." Pretty great.

"The Outhouse" by Ronald Kelly: If you ever had the urge to go tipping outhouses on Halloween, this story will cure that urge.

"Lookie-Loo" by Steve Rasnic Tem: Bird-men of Tennessee. What more do you need to know?

"Dollie" by Clive Barker: I have not read anything by Barker in a couple of decades, which I regret. This is a short, simple story, but one that is nevertheless sort of epic in scope, and it makes me realize that not reading more Barker has defiitely been a mistake. I could say much the same about...

"The Collected Stories of Freddie Prothero; Introduction by Torless Magnussen, Ph.D." by Peter Straub: One of the strangest stories I have ever read. You'll either love it or hate it. I loved it.
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HASH(0x9844b840) out of 5 stars A must own anthology celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Cemetery Dance Publications. 30 Jan. 2014
By Randy Eberle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In the past, I have never really cared much for short story anthologies. However, as I've gotten older, my opinion has changed somewhat. As a result, I've decided to do something a little different this year. I plan to have three books on my "currently reading" shelf at all times: A novel, an audiobook, and a short story anthology. Turn Down the Lights is my first this year.

Though it is a relatively small book (175 pages), this volume nevertheless bursts at the seams with ten incredible stories by some of the top names in horror. While every one of these short pieces are fantastic in their own right, here are a few that I found to be exceptionally noteworthy.

“Summer Thunder” by Stephen King is a post-apocalyptic tale detailing the final days of what could very well be the last two men on earth...

“The Western Dead” by Jack Ketchum. As one might discern from the title, this story is a zombie tale in which the undead wander the unpaved roads of the old west...

“An Instant Eternity” by Brian James Freeman is probably the only story in this anthology that I wouldn’t outright call a “horror” story. This piece is a taut, brilliantly written thriller in which a freelance photographer stationed in the middle east attempts to save the life of a little girl that should have watched her step...

“Flying Solo” by Ed Gorman is probably my personal favorite of the bunch. Two terminally ill men that could not be more different from each other (think The Odd Couple) nevertheless develop a close friendship, spending their last days on earth righting wrongs for the nurses that treat them...

In addition to these are beautifully crafted stories by Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker and Peter Straub, along with an informative introduction by editor and Cemetery Dance founder Richard Chizmar on the birth of Cemetery Dance Publications and an afterward by Thomas F. Monteleone. Turn Down the Lights is a must-have for horror aficionodos everywhere.

Randy Eberle
Author of "Where Dying Flowers Lie"

Copyright © 2014 by Randy Eberle
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HASH(0x98dea804) out of 5 stars Great collection of stories 4 Feb. 2014
By R. Krone - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a great collection of short stories celebrating the long success of Cemetery Dance. This is the first collection of stories by multiple authors that I have started and finished so far. Normally I get distracted by other, longer, novels or novellas. This collection held my attention though, as I read a story or two each night until finishing it. It likely helped that I am fan of every author in this collection except for a couple that I had never read before. I was, however, wanting to read something from those three authors. King's story was a great way to begin this collection and each story following was very enjoyable for the most part. I was not impressed with the final story from Straub though, but it was a minor blip in a great collection of stories.

4.5/5 stars for this for me. Would have been 5/5 if not for the one story I didn't like.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9844bac8) out of 5 stars An ok collection but nothing remarkable 26 Feb. 2014
By BookishMatters - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice little collection of horror short stories, featuring big names like King, Ketchum, Barker, and Straub. I love horror so when this came recommended to me through a book blog I followed, I snatched it up from my local library ASAP!

Unfortunately, I have to say I was a tad bit disappointed. I expected to be scared, or at least creeped out, but I wasn’t. Most of the stories didn’t really even make me bat an eye with the exception of “Dollie,” because of reasons (read the story to find out what she does with the doll).

There wasn’t anything horrible. It wasn’t like anything was badly written, although a giant WTF??? to Straub’s story because seriously, WTF???. Apparently it’s a love it or hate it kind of story, but I’m over on the “I have no idea what’s going on in the story” side of the readers because I had no idea what happened. Maybe it was the language, maybe it was the fact that I WAS A VERY CONFUSED READER, but…yeah. not my favorite story at all.

I thought King’s story was excellent, although a trite cliche. World wide death via incurable pathogen/virus/whatever has been done to death, but King is the king of horror for a reason. “Lookie-Loo” and “In The Room” were probably my favorites, bordering the fine line between reality and absolute absurdity that I love to see in my horror. “The Outhouse” had potential, but I didn’t think it reached it. I found it to be boring more than anything else. And the rest just…I don’t know. It’s that weird middle ground where you don’t hate the story but you don’t love it. I was “meh” about them.

I’m giving this collection a 3/5 stars. I think the gems are worth reading and bring this collection up a notch or two. The rest you could probably skip.
HASH(0x9844bd08) out of 5 stars Perfect for a dark, rainy night. 1 Jun. 2014
By Cory Cline - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Richard Chizmar has assembled his own sort of horror super hero squad to assemble and combine their various powers of scare for this fun and easy to read collection.

While the book was shorter than I had expected, the ten shorts inside are easy to plow through in one setting which isn't hard to expect considering the lineup: Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Peter Straub, Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Ronald Kelly, Clive Barker, Steve Rasmic Tem, Ed Gorman, and Brian James Freeman.

There is no specific theme that these authors had to adhere to, just a common celebration of horror. Some may not have the gore, while some are dripping with it from the beginning. A Stephen King end of days story is always pleasing, no matter the length, Peter Straub seeming to try his hand at his version of the classic Flowers For Algernon, and a western themed short by Jack Ketchum are just the tip of the iceberg in this fun collection that tries its best to put something for everyone in between its covers.

With cover artwork by Alan M. Clark, this book is not only a celebration of 25 years of Cemetery Dance, but this is a celebration of horror.
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