Edited by Martin H. Greenberg
Horror lovers should enjoy this fine
compilation of haunted house stories from some great author. Edited by
horror veteran Martin Greenberg, this little volume presents some truly
MJF Books, 308 pp, 1997
The first story, “The Rats in the
Walls” by H.P. Lovecraft, gets the book off to a great start. It’s
downright creepy. The house literally drives the poor owner insane.
“No Hiding Place” by Jack L. Chalker
also deserves a mention. At first, it seems like a typical haunted house
story – abandoned mansion high on a hill overlooking a small town, with
a history of murders and disappearance – but then takes a delightful
twist into a completely unexpected direction. I can’t give it away. But
trust me, you’ll like it.
The other stories are equally fine,
though some have little to do with an actual haunted house. There is one
clunker (in my opinion): “The Doll” by Joyce Carol Oates. It’s not a
haunted house story, it’s confusing, and nothing really seems to happen,
and after it does, it’s impossible tell what it was.
Oh well. One downer out of 16 is great.
And the book was a steal. I bought it from Barnes and Noble for five
bucks. I love the clearance rack.