©2004 Brandon Massey; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
Listen carefully to the editor's introduction and you'll agree that black writers have so much more to offer than those situational, dramatic, relationship-type novels. Now, I do *luvs* my "black soap opera" novels from time to time, but as the colors of the rainbow, I have an ecclectic appetite for literature and it is TRULY refreshing to own a collection like this offered in Dark Dreams.
I was not surprised at the profound, suspenseful, intriguing, and supernatural short stories in this collection of black writers because I'm a serious fan of Gary Hardwicke, Gar Anthony Haywood, Zane, Stephen Carter, and Tina McElroy Ansa. All of these writers can stand toe-to-toe (or shall I say, noun-to-noun) with those so called "New York Times Best Sellers" lists of authors any day!
I strongly advise those who tend to have an affinity to those "too much black drama for your mama" novels to expand your horizons a bit. Check out this collection of well written, intriguing short stories and I guarantee you will be truly pleased as I am!
this a collection of horror stories by different Black American authors the first few stories I was really disappointed, the ending just left you hanging, like the narrator was about to go the next section and.....nothing, after the first few stories it got really good with some very good short stories by Blk amer. authors , some of these I'd seen in print but never purchased. I want substance and not a lot of unnecessary drama in what I listen to or read. But after the first 3 I was pleasantly suprised, I will look for these authors works I just wished more were in audio format
This was a good ecclectic collection of short horror pieces, some better than others, and a few outstanding. Narration was fantastic, from a number of sincere and dramatic voices. In my experience with horror anthologies, a book is worth getting even if there are only two or three chilling and disturbing tales which you will keep in the background of your thoughts for weeks afterward, which this collection has.
14 hours of my life that i will never get back. Good that I have to commute daily to work. I think I may have like 2 to 3 stories from this collection...Did not really enjoy this book at all. I thought some of the stories were very slow. They were unable to hold my attention. This is one book I wish that i could have gotten a refund on.... Buy this one at your own risk!!
I am attempting to become a horror writer myself. I have been practicing on short stories so DD was very useful for me.
The least anthology i read was The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six. Both contain stories that should not necessarily be listed as horror. Overall though DD is a far better collection. I only ended up skipping 3 stories stead much of the first half of BHY.
The many narrators did well. the women seemed to get a little more into the job than the men.
Some of the stories could work if this were turned into a mini series.
I was very hesitant to buy this initially. the focus on black writers caused me to suspect it would be all about "the plight of the black man+some scary stuff." to my pleasant surprise it was not. in fact the editor declares that his intention was to keep the anthology from becoming another stereotypical addition to the realm of Black literature. there were some race based stories, but they were they exception and not the norm.
overall i was very satisfied with the anthology. my two major issues is that most of the white people seem to be blonde hair blue eyed bombshells.
worse than that, for my personal need, the audio book chapters do not correspond with individual stories. thus 1 story could span several chapters. in most cases 2 separate stories will start or end in a chapter. then there's the possibility of a chapter concluding a story, contain a full story and then begin another story. for me, the chapters are the whole reason i will be returning this and getting the physical version.
Here was an opportunity to showcase African-Americans writing in genre miles away from, what has become, stereotypical. For a few fleeting moments we could set aside stories about the bonds of oppression or gratuitous sexual liaisons. What could be more interesting than an entire set of stories set in the macabre? How long have we waited to read the lines that tend to frighten Black folk? Maybe this would be something that I could listen to while traveling cross-county with my grandchildren, perhaps. Wishing for this is like wishing for an American car that outperforms its Japanese counterpart. One could only hope and here my hopes were dashed, again. I am no prude, really. I just do not feel that so much of what we write has to be laced with such graphic sexual imagery. It sort of like special effects used in a film. Usually they are there because the writing is so poor that no one would bother paying to see the film otherwise. Some of these stories were so well set and interesting that there was really no need to include the X-rated sex scenes, so why include them?
I really cannot recommend this title to anyone, unfortunately. I was listening to this audiobook with my wife and had to turn it off. That is how filthy the language was. It is a shame really. The editors should consider the audience for which this book was compiled. I think that they will find that most of the readers have forsworn gutter language, especially when it adds nothing to what is being said.
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