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Horrific Halloween
By Hilary Williamson
October, 2003

'Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.'
(William Shakespeare, Macbeth)

I don't like horror movies - I was terrified for ten years every time I took a shower, ever since watching Psycho. So I probably won't read most of these thirteen spooky stories ... much too scary for me:

Women of the Otherworld : Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in existence ...

A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton
Princess Meredith, heir to the Queen of Air and Darkness, investigates.

The Dwelling by Susie Moloney
3 groups of people get more than they bargained for at 362 Belisle Street.

The Haunted Air : A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson
A trio of spiritualist brothers and a cult of ritualistic child murderers.

Long Hot Summoning : The Keeper's Chronicles #3 by Tanya Huff
Keepers and cats fight evil in a shopping mall and its Otherworld equivalent.

Midnight Harvest by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Vampire Comte de Saint-Germain settles in San Francisco.

The Red Church by Scott Nicholson
Ghost of a hung preacher haunts the red church and takes the unwary.

Takedown by W. G. Griffiths
Police Detective Gavin Pierce has no choice but to fight the demon Krogan.

Those Who Walk in Darkness by John Ridley
Soledad, member of an MTac unit, hunts down metanormals.

Scarabus by Karen Koehler
Young Egyptian transformed into a manifestation of a dark and hungry god.

Threshold by Sara Douglass
Egyptian style fantasy - artisan/slaves must fight a pyramid animated by evil.

A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons
Menacing dogs, sheriff, Skinheads, and mysterious messages.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling - 16th edition, fine collection of fantasy, horror and poetry.

That's our 2003 selection for those of you who enjoy being horrified; I shudder at the thought and will happily leave you to it. And if you enjoy terrifying titles, read Martina's interview with the successors to Mary Shelley, modern Ladies of Horror : The Next Generation and have a stupendously scary Halloween!
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