This collection of classic horror tales is as remarkable for its literary value as for its scream factor. You'll hear stories by the masters of the genre, past and present, including "The Graveyard Rats" by Henry Kuttner, "Passengers" by Robert Silverberg, "Calling Card" by Ramsey Campbell, "Something Had to be Done" by David Drake, "The Viaduct" by Brian Lumley, "Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber, "Coin of the Realm" by Charles L. Grant, "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner, and "Casting the Runes" by M.R. James.
"The Graveyard Rats" Copyright ©1939 by Weird Tales, Ltd., Renewed 1967 by C.L. Moore; "Calling Card" Copyright ©1975 by Ramsey Campbell; "Something Had to Be Done" Copyright ©1974 by Mercury Press, Inc.; "The Viaduct" Copyright ©1976 by Brian Lumley; "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" Copyright ©1943, Renewed 1971 by Robert Bloch; "The Small Assassin" Copyright ©1946 by Ray Bradbury; "The Words of Guru" Copyright ©1941 by Albing Publications; "Smoke Ghost" Copyright ©1941 by Street & Smith Publications, Inc., Renewed 1969 by Fritz Leiber; "Passengers" Copyright ©1968, 1996 by Agberg, Ltd.; "Coin of the Realm" Copyright ©1981 by Charles L. Grant; "Sticks" Copyright ©1974 by Stuart David Schiff; Copyright ©1998 Martin Greenberg; Copyright (P)1998 NewStar Media, Inc.
Since the description of this item does mention that its format is really only at 1, I wasn't too disappointed at the rather fuzzy quality of some of the tracks, but I was annoyed to find that, although the item is described as "unabridged," my download was missing three of the stories listed in the site description: "The Small Assassin" by Ray Bradbury, "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" by Robert Bloch, and "The Words of Guru" by C.M. Kornbluth.
The rest of the stories are good ones, from M. R. James' classic "Casting the Runes" [a nice old-fashioned chiller with very little overt gruesomeness] to Brian Lumley's devastating "The Viaduct" [a modern tale with no supernatural elements, and all the more horror for that; this one's quite gruesome, though, so be warned]. I recognized some of the readers - Michael Gross and Roger Rees among them; they all read well, with a few, including Rees, turning in excellent readings. [A list of who read what would be a nice addition to the product description.]
So - this is a very good collection of stories, most of them read very well, and I'd rate it much more highly on content alone. Since the product description is misleading I'm knocking it back a bit, but the stories that ARE present are definitely worth hearing!
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