Just like the first volume, (IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: MASTERS OF MIDNIGHT), IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT is an impressive collection of tales!
Creature features are one of my very favorite sub-genres of horror and in this volume, nearly every single story worked for me. There were creatures of all kinds, both great and small, both real and imaginary, (though figuring out which was sometimes difficult!). I can't get into every story within, but the ones that stood out the most were:
WHITE RABBIT by Tim Curran.
SCALES by Christopher Motz.
THE PEOPLE IN THE TOILET BY Mason Morgan. (What a way to kick of this anthology!)
SNAP by Kevin Harrison.
INFESTATION by Mikal Trimm. (Roaches! UGH!)
RIVER OF NINE TAILS by Mark Cassell. (I got a BAD case of the heebie jeebies from this one.)
SURVIVOR by Ray Garton. (Most surprising tale award!)
HINKLES by Kristopher Rufty.
THE UGLY TREE by Gregor Xane (It's been a year since I read a story from this author. This one reminded me of how good he really is.)
THE GREEN MAN OF FREETOWN (It becomes clear at the end what the "creature" in this story was. When that happened, I wanted to cry. This was my favorite story in the book.)
THE WORMS TURN by Frank Oreto (This didn't turn out at all like I thought it would! Love when that happens.)
THE GIANT'S TABLE by Mary SanGiovanni. (The table doesn't belong to giants, but who it does belong to is scary as heck.)
I really wanted to write a little bit about each story, but time restraints are in play here. Even though I haven't listed every tale, (this isn't a table of contents, after all), that doesn't mean the ones that aren't listed weren't good. It's just that each of the those I've listed here were OUTSTANDING. I don't know how much more I can say except:
Get your copy here: IN DARKNESS, DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
*Thanks to Corpus Press for the fine paperback copy they sent to me, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*