Dark:Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural by Clint Willis-Audio Book Review
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=readireadi-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1560252774&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrTitle: Dark:Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural
Author: Clint Willis and various authors
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc
Audio book, 5h, 15m
Summary from Goodreads:
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural contains the best writing about the things that scare us the most: murder, ghosts, insanity-and our own vulnerability. Like the other books in the Adrenaline series–including Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks and Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War–Dark examines its subject through the eyes of the world’s most gifted writers. Here they bring us face-to-face with evil in all of its forms, from serial murder to alien abduction.
Dark features real-life accounts of hauntings and other visitations, as well as selections from fiction masters such as Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and Flannery O’Connor.
Harris, creator of Hannibal Lector, introduces us to a madman who wants to bite off your lips, tie you to a wheelchair and light you on fire. Cabin fever drives hotel caretaker Jack Torrence to filicidal insanity in Stephen King’s The Shining. Patrick McGrath describes the world’s worst mother. Flannery O’Connor offers a vision of hell on a country road.
Like all Adrenaline titles, Dark features only the best writing on its subject–the most frightening stories from fiction and real life. They will scare you: You will feel the malice of murderers, the cold evil of the undead, and the unreasoning hatred of the insane, as well as the suffering of their victims. But these stories offer enlightenment as well: Writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost and Paul Bowles explore the terrain where compassion overlaps with its opposite. Ultimately, Dark is a book about literature’s greatest theme: the struggle between good and evil.
Normally I don’t like enjoy short stories but I am finding listening to them is more enjoyable for me than reading them. Many times I am working while listening and short stories seem to give me a bit more sanctification that I am accomplishing something and if I can’t get right back to it, they are easier to remember.
That being said,I enjoyed this book very much. Some stories better than others of course. I found a nice variety from the good old Poe classics to a pretty gross-out story from Will Self. Something for everyone.
My favorite was THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which told about a young bride and her doctor husband who live in an old mansion that “she” who is never named believes is haunted. Verging on madness she is confined to her room where she believes that something is wrong with the yellow wallpaper. I found this a very edge of my seat story with a sad ending in my opinion. For me it was more than a horror story, it was a look into how women were treated in the late 1800′s, how she is denied the simple things like writing and being creative were frowned upon. Reading things like this make me happy that I was born when I was even though I think somethings were better in the older days.
The Monkey’s Paw, Smee, The Cask of Amontillado, The Cafeteria and many more. A smorgasbord of short, well written and well read horror. Supernatural, psychological and just plain ewwwwwww. Trust me, you will find something that clicks with you.