Read Dark Cities Online Free - An anthology of horror stories in urban settings whether back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness."
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May 26, 2017
(I freely admit to some bias as my story "The Society of the Monsterhood" is in this anthology)
Very cool collection of horror/dark fiction set in cities. Nathan Ballingrud's story "The Maw" kicked my ass, dragged me out into the city square, and then kicked my ass some more. Ow.
June 26, 2017
Christopher Golden has assembled some A-grade writers for this anthology of speculative tales that sees horrors lurking deep within the city streets. I do like a themed anthology, and when authors such as Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Joe R. Lansdale Kealan Patrick Burke and Seanan McGuire are in...
June 13, 2017
Sometimes I read anthologies from front to back, first to last as they appear. Other times I skip around, picking out the authors I know I like and then going back to pick up the ones that are new to me or that I haven't been overly impressed with previously. Luckily, this time I indulged in the...
July 06, 2017
This anthology plays with a great theme and has some cracking stories in it. Not all of them worked for me, a couple of real misses, though taste is arbitrary, of course. But the good ones are outstanding and make the cover price worthwhile. Standouts for me included stories by Nathan Ballingrud,...
August 19, 2017
1.5 stars that I gave 2.5 solely because of Seanan McGuire's offering, which was, undoubtedly, a breath of fresh air in comparison to the rest of the book.
The authors, I feel, all chose to go weird esoteric and kind of Pan's Labyrinth-y but not in a way that gave any sort of narrative fulfillment...
May 22, 2017
This has some absolutely excellent short stories in not all of which are blatantly horror but a rather strong stomach is required to get past the first story which does involve a form of bestiality.
The final story by M.R Carey is however brilliant and really the sort of thing to stop you sleepin...
July 12, 2017
TW: bestiality, rape
I have to seriously question the thought process of Christopher Golden in choosing to put The Dogs as the first story in this anthology. I question why it was even included in the anthology, but if it were to be included, it should not have been the first story. Yes, this is a...
May 27, 2017
Dark Cities is a great collection of contemporary horror stories. I love it. I thought every story was great. The stories are not what you traditionally think of as horror stories, but the tales are dark and sinister. I loved every one. The stories are dark...
June 24, 2017
It's near impossible to give anthologies five stars but this one got close. There are some truely amazing yarns in this one, led by Scott Smith and Nick Cutter. Not every story hit the mark - but it was more of a personal taste thing than a quality factor - but more than often they did. Consisten...
August 15, 2017
DNF. Not my cup of tea