999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense by Al Sarrantonio

By Al Sarrantonio

The weaving of fictional suspense and terror is as historic as humankind itself. yet the place does this age-old culture stand on the cusp of a brand new decade, a brand new century, a brand new millennium? This significant quantity seeks to respond to that question. Your carry on your fingers the cutting-edge -- of fear.To arrange this groundbreaking anthology, author and editor Al Sarrantonio challenged a exotic roster of authors to illustrate with all-new tales the form of horror/suspense literature as we input the twenty-first century. As you'll learn the twenty-nine participants answered by way of exhibiting the countless style that's the very hallmark of this box. a few of these tales will startle you or fill you with terror. a few will hang-out you lengthy once you end examining them. there's even an eerily echoing chortle or came upon inside of. yet jointly, those most eldritch of stories subscribe to to shape a very good literary mosaic, a vibrant modern portrait of a style that is proud, powerful, and irresistible.Not simply is that this the most important anthology of unique horror/suspense fiction of all time -- no longer one tale in 999 has ever been released sooner than -- however it can also be the best. here's a significant publishing occasion with an perspective: to shake you up and scare you foolish.

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They said Moscow was the most exciting city in the world, but it was not at its best under twin siege from winter and the Amerikans. Helicopters swooped overhead, broadcasting official warnings and announcements: comrades were advised to stay at their workplaces and continue with their duly delegated tasks; victory in the struggle against the American octopus was inevitable; the crisis was nearly at an end and the master strategists would soon announce a devastating counter-attack; the dead were to be disabled and placed in the proper collection points; another exposed pocket of traitors would go on trial tomorrow.

Chirkov cocked his revolver, hoping there was a round under the hammer, further hoping the round wasn’t a dud. There was another knock, like the first. Not purposeful, just a blunder. Toulbeyev ordered Chirkov to take a look through the spyhole. The brass cap was stiff but he managed to work it aside and look through the glass lens. A dead face was close to the spy-hole. For the first time, it occurred to Chirkov that Amerikans were scary. In the dark, this one had empty eye sockets and a constantly chewing mouth.

Captain Zharov set up a machine gun emplacement in the foyer, covering the now-barred front doors, although it was strictly for show until he could be supplied with ammunition belts of the same gauge as the gun. Chirkov and Toulbeyev watched the Amerikans from the balcony. The queue was orderly; when, as occasionally happened, a too-far-gone Amerikan collapsed, it was trampled under by the great moving-up as those behind advanced. Toulbeyev sighted on individual dead with binoculars and listed the treasures he could distinguish.

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