A winner of the International Horror Guild Award, October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween is undoubtedly the grandest horror anthology ever compiled on the genre's signature holiday, and unlikely to be supplanted in that position. Weighing in at almost 650 pages, this intelligently selected compendium contains work from nearly every contemporary bestselling author, cult favorite, and hot up-and-comer in horror. The volume mixes a generous amount of well-written new fiction with classic reprints, several "Favorite Halloween Memories," an informative "Short History of Halloween" by Paula Guran, a well-chosen "Overview of Halloween Films" by Gary A. Braunbeck, and an equally useful "Reader's Guide to Halloween Fiction" by Stefan Dziemianowicz. Many of the authors contribute both a story and a Favorite Memory, and Ray Bradbury, to whom the volume is rightfully dedicated, contributes these and a poem.
No review can do justice to an anthology whose table of contents crowds three pages. But perhaps a taste of three stories will suggest the breadth and depth of the whole. Ray Bradbury's subtle "Heavy Set" considers what it might be like to be the mother of a muscular, disturbed, and exceptionally attached son. In the West Coast gothic "A Redress for Andromeda," Caitlin R. Kiernan presents a beautifully written consideration of the costs of a hidden secret. Artist Gahan Wilson proves himself also talented at fiction with "Yesterday's Witch," in which trick-or-treaters find the neighborhood witch isn't any such thing ... or is she?
October Dreams is highly recommended to all fans of horror and dark fantasy. --Cynthia Ward
Richard Chizmar is the World Fantasy Award-winning editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and numerous anthologies. He is also the author of more than forty published short stories, as well as the recent hardcover collection Midnight Promises.
Robert Morrish is a writer whose work has appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine.
This huge Halloween anthology is not only chock full of horror stories but it also includes favorite Halloween memories from some of the authors themselves. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by M. R. ZOGLIO
I really did not enjoy this collection of Holloween stories. A few stories were okay but overall it was horrible. Especially the anti-abortion sermon. Really inappropriate.Published on June 22 2003 by Lucas
If you just check this out at the library, you could cherry pick the odd winner and it might be worth your trouble. Read morePublished on May 21 2003
a good story by Lebbon, one by Campbell. otherwise completely uninteresting. a lot of sentimental stories by different authors. almost strangely bad stories. Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by jan erik storebø
As an enormous fan of Halloween, I was overjoyed to find that a novel like this was in existence. I am always on the look out for anything related to the holiday, and when I saw... Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by T. Bunyard
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween edited by Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish is a collection of new and previously published short stories, novellas and true-life... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Barks Book Nonsense
Do you love Halloween? Are you a horror fan? Then hurry up and buy this wonderful anthology. In the entire book there is only one clunker of a story and it is short. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by Amazon Customer