By Christopher Golden
Dark Duets is a banquet of eerie and captivating horror, mystery, and darkish delusion tales—an formidable and distinctive anthology that includes biting and atmospheric unique tales from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all participating jointly for the 1st time, together with New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stuart MacBride, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry and David Liss.
Penned via authors—and in a single case, a trio—who have by no means labored jointly earlier than, the tales during this captivating literary chemistry combination various components and wealthy subject matters into captivating and hugely flamable stories that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored nation-states of the imagination.
On the evening earlier than Halloween, an unwitting younger lady falls lower than the spell of a perilous man—and right into a terrifying multiverse—in "T Rhymer" by means of Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry. Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan discover the beautiful suffering of everlasting love in "She, Doomed Girl." "Welded" through Tom Piccirilli and T. M. Wright bargains an unsettling imaginative and prescient of evil that infects and destroys lives.
Mixing the standard with the extreme, those daring and shiny tales supply a compelling survey of the supernatural global that's absolute to frighten and enchant.
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