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Whispers in the night /

Whispers in the night /

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Filled with unforgettable scenes of madness, ecstasy, and unspeakable tragedy, this collection of stories takes readers into a nightmarish realm where their darkest fears become a horrifying reality.
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Control No. 540792
ISBN 9780758217417 (tr. pbk.)
ISBN 0758217412
Title Whispers in the night / -- edited by Brandon Massey.
Publisher Information New York : -- Dafina Books/ Kensington Pub. Corp., -- 2007.
Physical Description 313 p. ; -- 23 cm.
Series Title [Dark dreams] ; -- v. 3
Formatted Contents Note Summer / -- Tananarive Due -- -- Scab / -- Wrath James White -- -- And death rode with him / -- Anthony Beal -- -- Are you my daddy? / -- Lexi Davis -- -- To get bread and butter / -- Randy Walker -- -- Dream girl / -- Dameon Edwards -- -- My sister's keeper / -- Chesya Burke -- -- Wasp / -- Robert Fleming -- -- Hell is for children / -- Rickey Windell George -- -- Flight / -- Lawana James-Holland -- -- Hadley Shimmerhorn: American icon / -- Michael Boatman -- -- Nurse's requiem / -- Maurice Broaddus -- -- WET PAIN / -- Terence Taylor -- -- Taken / -- Tenea Johnson -- -- Mr. Bones / -- Christopher Chambers -- -- Rip crew / -- B. Gordon Doyle -- -- Power and purpose / -- L. R. Giles -- -- Love of a zombie is everlasting / -- Tish Jackson -- -- Ghostwriter / -- Brandon Massey.
Subject Horror tales American
Subject American fiction African American authors
Alternate Author Massey Brandon 1973

 annotations (3)

Annotation 1 Filled with unforgettable scenes of madness, ecstasy, and unspeakable tragedy, this collection of stories takes readers into a nightmarish realm where their darkest fears become a horrifying reality.

Annotation 2 Filled with unforgettable scenes of madness, ectasy, and unspeakable tragedy, this electrifying and terrifying collection of stories takes readers into a nightmarish realm where their darkest fears become a horrifying reality. Original.

Annotation 3 Whatever you do, don’t turn off the lights…
Cross the threshold into one man’s tortured mind, haunted by the mocking voices of his youth. Quench your insatiable thirst for terror at a bar where the drinks are abominable and the patrons never leave. Relive the harrowing Middle Passage that brought millions of African slaves to America—but this time with a spellbinding twist. Meet the malevolent entities that feed on human misery in the midst of a hurricane’s wrath. Endure a sweltering summer on a swamp inhabited by predatory spirits. From pulsating ecstasy to unspeakable tragedy, submit to the irresistible pull of the unknown in nineteen stories that will illuminate the horrors within—and without…
Anthony Beal * Michael Boatman * Maurice Broaddus * Chesya Burke * Christopher Chambers * Lexi Davis * B. Gordon Doyle * Tananarive Due * Dameon Edwards * Robert Fleming * Rickey Windell George * L.R. Giles * Lawana James-Holland * Tish Jackson * Tenea Johnson * Brandon Massey * Terence Taylor * Randy Walker * Wrath James White
“Massey has another slam dunk with his third Dark Dreams anthology…excellent series.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)


 reviews (2)

LJ Reviews 2007 June #2

In his introduction to this, the third installation to the "Dark Dreams" series, editor Massey expresses his wish to see a literary landscape in which he and his fellow black writers can gain respect in the horror genre. "The only way for us to achieve it," he writes, "is to deliver stories that challenge, thrill, educate, entertain, and delight readers." Massey and the nearly 20 African American writers who contributed to this anthology certainly delivered on their end of that bargain. These tales cover a wide range of themes, styles, and topics. There's a stark tale of a gathering of lost souls at a desert tavern, explorations of the psychic torment family members are capable of inflicting upon one another, and the strangely satisfying spectacle of a Katie Couric stand-in being devoured by zombies live on national television. Massey evidently suffered no shortage of work from which to choose, as the collected stories are mostly quite good. In addition to including many tales that are simply good reads, the collection also includes a few stories that benefit remarkably from their authors' cultural perspective. Terence Taylor's excellent story, "Wet Pain," for example, deals with the lingering racial wounds of the Old South and our culture's sometimes superficial salves for them. Recommended for horror, African American fiction, and short story collections.—Fred Baerkircher, Twinsburg P.L., OH

[Page 62]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

PW Reviews 2007 May #1

A frican-American horror writer and editor Massey has another slam dunk with his third Dark Dreams anthology (after 2006's Voices from the Other Side ). Outstanding stories by returning contributors include Tananarive Due's "Summer," exploring a toddler's eerie possession; Robert Fleming's "The Wasp," a heartbreaking portrait of an abused wife; Chesya Burke's "My Sister's Keeper," examining a sister's terrifying choice; and the best of the bunch, Terence Taylor's brilliant discussion of racism, friendship and Hurricane Katrina in "WET PAIN." Bright newcomers' tales include Lexi Davis's hilarious cautionary tale about bad brothas, "Are You My Daddy?"; Randy Walker's obsessive-compulsive "To Get Bread and Butter"; and Tenea Johnson's provocative meditation on revenge, "The Taken." In Massey's introduction, he hopes someday "any black writer can pen a tale of horror and suspense... without being likened to being merely a black version of a white author, without being viewed with suspicion or even fear." In the meantime, this excellent series continues to fill a now shrinking void. (July)

[Page 46]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.


 author biography

BRANDON MASSEY was born in 1973, and grew up in Zion, Illinois. Originally self-published, Thunderland, his first novel, won the Gold Pen Award for Best Thriller from the Black Writers Alliance. Brandon currently lives near Atlanta with his family. Visit his website at for the latest news on his upcoming books.

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