By Christopher Golden
Dark Duets is a ceremonial dinner of eerie and enchanting horror, mystery, and darkish myth tales—an formidable and targeted anthology that includes biting and atmospheric unique tales from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all taking part jointly for the 1st time, together with New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stuart MacBride, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry and David Liss.
Penned by means of authors—and in a single case, a trio—who have by no means labored jointly sooner than, the tales during this captivating literary chemistry mix diversified parts and wealthy issues into enchanting and hugely flamable stories that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored nation-states of the imagination.
On the evening ahead of Halloween, an unwitting younger lady falls below the spell of a perilous man—and right into a terrifying multiverse—in "T Rhymer" by means of Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry. Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan discover the beautiful discomfort of everlasting love in "She, Doomed Girl." "Welded" by way of Tom Piccirilli and T. M. Wright deals an unsettling imaginative and prescient of evil that infects and destroys lives.
Mixing the normal with the extreme, those daring and bright tales provide a compelling survey of the supernatural global that's bound to frighten and enchant.
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