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Dark Dreams Audiobook

Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers

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Publisher's Summary

With heart-stopping stories by Zane, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, Joy M. Copeland, Robert Fleming, Terence Taylor, Francine Lewis, Brandon Massey, and 12 other established or up-and-coming writers, Dark Dreams is a must-have contemporary anthology for fans of the supernatural.

©2004 Brandon Massey; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 01-22-07
    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 01-22-07 Member Since 2014
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    "OUTSTANDING COLLECTION!!"

    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!

    --B4

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 05-11-07
    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 05-11-07 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start, but good"

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Franklin Walled Lake, MI, USA 09-18-07
    Franklin Walled Lake, MI, USA 09-18-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Good horror"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 11-27-10
    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 11-27-10
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    "DID NOT ENJOY"

    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!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SHELLY 08-29-16
    SHELLY 08-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Part time writer full time reader lover of all things KING.

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    "Good read..."
    What did you like best about Dark Dreams? What did you like least?

    There a few really good stories and some not so good ones just not scary enough.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I love Brandon Massey definitely will be reading more of his work.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was good brought life to the book. No complaints there.


    Could you see Dark Dreams being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I loved the story "If these walls could talk" I would love to see that on film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jarod 07-11-16
    Jarod 07-11-16 Member Since 2006
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    "It's okay but buy it on sale don't use a credit."

    About half of the stories are quite good, most of the rest are okay and there a few that I skipped. In my opinion there were a few stories that didn't really end instead they got to the point where they finallly got interesting and had some suspense and the author just seemed to run out steam because they just ended. some may call it a cliff hanger but in these cases it just felt lazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morris Gainesville, FL, USA 03-10-09
    Morris Gainesville, FL, USA 03-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    MCV 09-22-15
    MCV 09-22-15
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am attempting to become a horror writer myself. I have been practicing on short stories so DD was very useful for me.


    What other book might you compare Dark Dreams to and why?

    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.


    What about various’s performance did you like?

    The many narrators did well. the women seemed to get a little more into the job than the men.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Some of the stories could work if this were turned into a mini series.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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