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.
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What's there is good, but it's not all there...
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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