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Elizabeth Engstrom

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Verk av Elizabeth Engstrom

Black Ambrosia (1988) 117 exemplar
Lizzie Borden (1991) 53 exemplar
Nightmare Flower (1992) 46 exemplar
Lizard Wine (1995) 26 exemplar
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, volume 4 (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
Imagination Fully Dilated (Anthology) (1998) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar
Dead on Demand : The Best of Ghost Story Weekend (2001) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Suspicions (2002) 6 exemplar
The Alchemy of Love (1998) 5 exemplar
Black Leather (2003) 4 exemplar
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Cemetery Dance Issue 37 (2002) 2 exemplar
Cemetery Dance Issue 24 (1996) 2 exemplar
Cuando la oscuridad nos ama (2021) 2 exemplar
Candyland (2017) 2 exemplar
Cemetery Dance Issue 45 (2003) 2 exemplar
MOTA 9 Addiction (2009) 1 exemplar
Guys Named Bob (2018) 1 exemplar
Hands Of Heritage 1 exemplar
Mothballed 1 exemplar
Crosley (2012) 1 exemplar

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Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 781 exemplar
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October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 263 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 249 exemplar
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 158 exemplar
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 134 exemplar
Once Upon a Crime (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 123 exemplar
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 99 exemplar
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 65 exemplar
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 46 exemplar
In the Fog: The Final Chronicle of Greystone Bay (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Poe's Lighthouse (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 28 exemplar
Grey's Anatomy 101: Seattle Grace, Unauthorized (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
The UFO Files (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 20 exemplar
Discoveries: Best of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
Apexology: Horror (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
Bedtime Stories to Darken Your Dreams (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar


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Two novellas, one of which is a Barkeresque descent into creature horror on a grand scale, the other of which is a mostly grounded piece of Americana with the best and worst of humanity.
Amateria66 | 9 andra recensioner | May 24, 2024 |
It's two horror a rather long short-story with some supernatural touches...the other a crude novella-length study of psychosexual mania. When Darkness Loves Us is the shorter one. Sally Hixson is a 16-year-old pregnant farm-bride who becomes accidentally trapped in an underground cave. In the "cave-world", Sally Ann talks with the ghost of a dead sweetheart, gives birth to baby boy, Clint, and supposedly lives in this cave contentedly for 20 years. Then she returns to the upper world and learns that her husband has remarried to Sally Ann's awful sister. She steals a baby girl to become her Clint's "underworld" bride. After a doomed attempt to introduce her old husband to this wonderful cave-life, Sally Ann gives up on reconciling the above ground, and below ground worlds. The we find out that this may all be the dead or dying Sally Ann's dream. It's hard to tell if this is science or fantasy. It appears that the author herself isn't quite sure. Talk about something fitting for the "Twilight Zone.

The second story, Beauty Is is a bit more coherent, but only slightly more. It features Martha Mannes, who is middle-aged, homely, and retarded but fairly self-sufficient, living alone on the family farm now that her very well-off parents have both died. Flashbacks give us the Mannes family-history. There are the faith-healer powers of Martha's mother, Fern, that her husband, Harry, wants nothing to do with, and besides he doesn't believe for minute that they are real. Seems that their daughter who is also named Martha, was born without a nose and attempts at surgery have failed. Harry is cruel and rejects "baby" Martha, who we soon learn he regards as brain damaged. Meanwhile, his wife, Martha is becoming "un-retarded" that even possible? Seems that the affectionate sexual attentions of her young handyman have worked some type of miracle. I tried to like the stories but only found the entire book to be...well... awkward. Nice cover though.
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Carol420 | 9 andra recensioner | May 5, 2024 |
So this is another book I accumulated from Paperbacks From Hell, and it’s really two novellas. When I read the excerpt, I was hooked because the first story reminded me of Room, which terrified and captured me. I guess one of my fundamental fears is being trapped in a single room all alone. But this story predates Room by thirty, forty years?

A sixteen-year-old woman is accidentally trapped in a network of caves underneath a farm after a cellar door closes on her. She has no light and no companions. Only brackish water and slugs and fungus to eat. Yet somehow she lives and gives birth to a child and raises it. It’s so eerie and it moves along at a breakneck clip. Can you imagine what Morlocks these people must look like?

The second story is less scary. It’s about a mentally deficient (in the eighties, she would have been called “retarded” but apparently we don’t use that word anymore) woman who slowly starts to recover her faculties (kind of a Flowers for Algernon thing) through the power of… love? I didn’t like this one as much because it’s not scary and it ends abruptly.

These books are great because they remind me of what the horror genre must have been in its heyday when you had Stephen King leading the charge for a ton of great authors and intriguing concepts. But when the eighties left and the yuppies deserted us and the coke blew away in the wind, King was the only one left remembered.
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theWallflower | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror. During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare. In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome. There is horror in darkness- horror made greater.
Buttercup44 | Aug 21, 2023 |



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