Friday, October 23, 2009
Hellbound Hearts, Anthology (R)
Readers looking for a book that reflects the terror-filled parts of Halloween will be interested in this anthology. The theme of these stories is some connection with Clive Barker's hit movie, The Hellbound Heart. Each story reflects the world of the Cenobites, a merciless collection of horror-producing stories that are not recommended for bedtime reading.
Authors in the collection include Neil Gaiman, Conrad Williams, Sarah Langan, Chaz Brenchley, Nancy Holder, Tim Labbon and Kelly Armstrong, among others. The stories are graphic and not for the faint-hearted. These are stories for fans of full-blown horror. Many revolve around a puzzle that as it devolves, takes characters into a bleak, horrific world filled with demonic beings.
This is my current car book, the book I dip into while waiting at appointments. Now that twilight is coming earlier and earlier, the background provided by Nature emphasizes the horror of the stories. Fans of this genre will be delighted with this new addition to the horror bookshelves.