New Tales Of Vampiric Terror
By Christopher Golden, ED.
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
You're not ready to pack away the thrills, chills, and terror of Halloween just yet? Not to worry. You may have to pack away the decorations and work off that leftover candy, but the terror will continue when you pick up Seize The Night.
Seize The Night is a delightfully scary collection of short stories sure to delight and terrify. Featured authors include Laird Barron, Dana Cameron, Michael Koryta, and many more.
I typically do not enjoy vampire and other horror stories. I find them to be usually too bloody with little substance. However, much to my delight, I find the stories in this anthology to be intelligent, thought provoking, and scary. To me, the scariest stories leave something to my imagination, and that is what these stories do.
My favorite story of the bunch is “Up In Old Vermont”, written by Scott Smith. The creatures terrorizing the Vermont countryside are left to be mysterious, as is the absolute fate of the protagonist, Ally. Sure, she confronts a horrific fate, but the end result isn't spelled out in detail, leaving the imagination to take over.
In reading this collection I have come to realize the power of my creative imagination. The beauty of these enjoyable stories is that they leave room for the reader's imagination to roam freely and take over, and that, perhaps, is the scariest aspect of all.