Good and bad, that's what I was used to getting when I picked up an anthology, back in the day. I was surprised by Silver Scream's high level of quality. This volume is big. This volume is epic. And all about movies... (Well, one about TV. John Skipp challenging conventions, again.) I originally bought it during the early nineties, to sate my love of splatterpunk. While it certainly stands up -- Joe Lansdale's "Night They Missed the Horror Show" immediately springs to mind, as do a couple of others, for their raw, unflinching quality -- the book has much more to offer than that. This volume is a true reflection upon the genre, from brushes with the supernatural to encounters with the terribly real. Tales range from gut wrenchers, to thought provokers, to emotional sucker punches... If you enjoy the dark -- those moments after the lights go down, and the movie starts to flicker across the screen -- you'll love Silver Scream. This book remains in my top ten.