If I could, I'd give this collection a 3.5 for factors I'll discuss soon, but Partridge gains the benefit of the doubt for his prose. It bites, has a wicked and gritty evocative quality that cuts quick but on the whole doesn't deliver too many scares or eerieness.
The collection is short at only 125 pages, coming out to six stories and an essay. I'll the aspects here.
Johnny Halloween is about a cop out on Halloween night, stumbling upon a crime and his past actions. It's smart and sharp because it gives you a set of facts, then each time a new bit is added it changes the context, giving you a real twisting tale. The last few lines I didn't quite get the meaning of, but that doesn't spoil this one for me.
Satan's Army is certainly creepy and thorn-prickly and interesting. The story does suffer a little because it's almost purely dialogue. There are no monsters here aside from people, no horror aside from the downward spiral of twisted intentions.
The Man Who Killed Halloween confused me. At first I thought it was a story, and kept reading, but no - it's an essay about the Zodiac killer; the Author grew up in the town where he struck, and this is about his perspective at that time and how it impacted his life. It didn't interest me at all, but I don't hold that against the author.
The collection suffers a little with "Black Kites". It's not that the story is bad, or the situation itself is bad, but the way the prose and the characters and the specific details come down, the story rubs me as a bit silly. Too much baseball and nun-chucks involved in the evil ritual.
Treats is neat. It's very short, and isn't so much scary as it is a little weird and might be a touch squicky but not really. It's hard to describe this story without giving it away.
Three Knocks is the story mentioned in the book's blurb, the soldier with the magic prosthetic. The tale and the voice in this story is very unique and catchy, and based on this collection it feels like a very representative example of this author.
Finally there's Jack O'Lantern, a short novella that follows up Partridge's Dark Harvest. While I found this story good, I hadn't read Dark Harvest and thus this pretty much spoiled the book for me which was a real disappointment. This story isn't just a continuation or "another episode", but deals a bit with a behind the scenes aspect of the Run and the Harvester's Guild.
Ultimately not a bad collection, but nothing that is a must read.