Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy

By Christopher Golden

Dark Duets is a banquet of eerie and spell binding horror, mystery, and darkish fable tales—an bold and designated anthology that includes biting and atmospheric unique tales from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all participating 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 way of authors—and in a single case, a trio—who have by no means labored jointly earlier than, the tales during this enchanting literary chemistry mixture assorted components and wealthy topics into enthralling and hugely flamable stories that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored nation-states of the imagination.

On the evening sooner than Halloween, an unwitting younger lady falls below the spell of a deadly man—and right into a terrifying multiverse—in "T Rhymer" by way of Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry. Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan discover the beautiful soreness of everlasting love in "She, Doomed Girl." "Welded" through Tom Piccirilli and T. M. Wright deals an unsettling imaginative and prescient of evil that infects and destroys lives.

Mixing the normal with the intense, those daring and brilliant tales provide a compelling survey of the supernatural international that's guaranteed to frighten and enchant.

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