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Horror fans, have you ever wondered what happens when some of the bigwigs in the industry get together and pen a collection of short stories? Apparently someone has and the result is the new Blumhouse Book of Nightmares release. The theme is “The City” and the only stipulation was that the contributors had to write something that fit within the theme. Beyond that, the stories vary wildly. From haunted houses and gypsy curses to Nazis and demon hunters, these tales run the gamut of horror.

The contributors themselves are people whose work you already know even if you don’t know them by name – authors like Sarah Langan and Michael Olson, actors like Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Slater, and the minds behind Sinister, The Lazarus Effect, Hostel and more – and of course they’re all brought together by Jason Blum and Blumhouse.

The overall collection is quite fun. A few of my own personal favorites include Leslie Bohem’s “Geist” an excellent ghost story in my opinion, Eli Roth’s twisted revenge tale “Valdivia,” and Simon Kurt Unsworth’s eerie “Gentholme.”

Table of Contents:

Hellhole by Christopher Denham
Valdivia by Eli Roth
Golden Hour by Jeremy Slater
A Clean White Room by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
The Leap by Dana Stevens
Novel Fifteen by Steve Faber
The Darkish Man by Nissar Medi
1987 by Ethan Hawke
Geist by Leslie Bohem
Gentholme by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Donations by William Joselyn
The Old Jail by Sarah Langan
The Words by Scott Stewart
Dreamland by Michael Olson
Meat Maker by Mark Neveldine
Eyes by George Gallo
Procedure by James DeMonaco

7/15 Becky LeJeune

THE BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES ed. by Jason Blum. Doubleday (July 7, 2015).  ISBN 978-0385539999. 384p.

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