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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Another Volume, 8 May 2001
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It's been two years since we saw Dark Terrors 4. That volume's tagline of "and now, the final curtain", combined with the cover painting (on the hardback version, anyway) of a rather mournful-looking ghoul apparently about to do his worst to the Sinatra classic made those of us who looked forward to this previously annual anthology fearful for its future. Fans can now, however, relax, safe in the knowledge that while the series has become biannual, each volume is now twice as big, starting with Dark Terrors 5, or The 41st Pan Book of Horror Stories for anyone who's not been keeping count of the continuation of that classic series in all but name. The current volume is the usual mixed bag of styles, ranging from subtle lurking horror at English Heritage sites in Brian Hodge's 'Now Day was Fled As the Worm Had Wished' to an all-out island zombie plague in 'Pelican Cay' by the always-welcome David Case. Special mention must go to Kim Newman's "Going to Series", a marvellous satire on the whole Channel Four 'Big Brother' audience voyeurism phenomenon which he pulls off beautifully. Ramsey Campbell's 'No Story in It' is scary for a whole different set of reasons and should not be read by any classic SF writers whose work has been out of print for too long. Christopher Fowler, one of my favourite authors, doesn't disappoint with his short but sweet 'At Home in the Pubs of Old London' combining his usual incisive description of inner city locations with the inner turmoil of the protagonist With another 26 stories Dark Terrors 5 confirms this series' place at the forefront of Horror publishing.
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