The stories in this collection:
THE GOOD ALWAYS COMES BACK
THE DARK ONES
MOBIUS with Richard Matheson
WHERE THERE'S A WILL
"Magic Saturday" - Screenplay from Amazing Stories
Widescreen with lies and revelation, Vamore’s story is told Rashomon-style with dialogue alone—each hypnotic character adding poignant or lurid details to the shocking truth of what she really is. Matheson’s insider’s voice is a scathing X-ray that leaves them bloodied, awaiting their close-up.
A film crew tracks a creature in the forest—or is it tracking them…? A producer sells his soul for the rights to a comic book, but the deal isn’t what it seems… The hideous secret to an mega-star’s fame lies in the bottom of his hot tub… An actress buys a smartphone and gets far more than she bargained for… A reality TV show pushes contestants to insane limits… A Hollywood movie palace worker gets trapped in a ghostly nightmare…
Take a behind the screams tour into the dark heart of show business and see the cast of bloodthirsty monsters, power-mad directors, starving zombies, deal-making demons and more horrific creatures tear up the screen! Buy your ticket, bloody the popcorn, and settle into your seat—and don’t forget to turn off your Hell phone…
The tales range from prisoners executed with a high-tech twist, to the ravages of empathy, to an uncooperative parrot, to a shapeshifter’s carnal memoirs, to a man who can’t stop talking, to a murderer devoured by ice, to a baby photographer who ruins lives, to a dog that reads minds.
As in his previous collections, SCARS And Other Distinguishing Marks and DYSTOPIA, Matheson’s distilled style is fierce and hypnotic.
There are seventeen illustrations to accompany many of the short stories, all of them originals created by Harry O. Morris specifically for this collection.
The collection includes introductions from John Shirley and Chet Williamson, as well as afterwords from Harry O. Morris and R.C. Matheson.
SHORT STORIES IN THE COLLECTION:
How to Edit
Dead to Me
Sea of Atlas
Kriss Kross Applesauce
The Embalming Machine
Slaves of Nowhere
Evil Twins, Temporary Blindness, Bikers and Amnesia
The Talking Man
"...a macabre world full of Twilight Zone-inspired chills with plenty of introspective twists worth revisiting." -- Hellnotes
"Zoopraxis is as fine and fierce a collection of brain-melting literary bon bons as you could possibly hope to devour." -- Cemetery Dance
Included in Corruption at the Crossroad:
12+1: Twelve Short Thrillers And A Play — Raymond Benson
The Devil Made Me Do It Again And Again — Paul Dale Anderson
Seeing Red — David J. Schow
Bedbugs — Rick Hautala
Destinations Unknown — Gary Braunbeck
The Call Of Distant Shores — David Niall Wilson
Falling Idols — Brian Hodge
In The End, Only Darkness — Monica J O'Rourke
13: A Collection Of Horror And Weird Fiction — Michael Boatman
Vapors: The Essential G. Wayne Miller Fiction, Vol. 2 — G. Wayne Miller
Scars And Other Distinguishing Marks — Richard Christian Matheson
THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon
Everyone thinks the drowning death of Neil Calder in the local swimming pool was a tragic accident. Only his father knows better. Now, on the last night of summer, Neil returns in search of revenge.
INTERVAL by Norman Prentiss
Flight 1137 from St. Louis by way of Nashville has gone missing. As anxious friends and family gather around the gate, a ticket clerk finds herself eyewitness to a moment of inhuman evil.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK by Shawntelle Madison
Eleanor has come from New York City to prep an old Victorian house in Maine for America’s Mysterious Hotspots. Although she’s always thrown herself into her work, this job will take her places she’s never dreamed of going.
THE NIGHT HIDER by Graham Masterton
C. S. Lewis wrote about a portal that led to a world of magic and enchantment. But the wardrobe in Dawn’s room holds only death—until she solves its grisly mystery.
WHATEVER by Richard Christian Matheson
A 1970s rock ’n’ roll band that never was—in a world that is clearly our own . . . but perhaps isn’t, not anymore . . . or, at least, not yet—takes one hell of a trip.
Praise for Dark Screams: Volume Two
“Dark Screams: Volume Two [is] a worthwhile read and a great entry to this series. If this upward trend in quality continues, we are sure to see amazing things in the volumes to come.”—LitReactor
“[Brian James Freeman] and Richard Chizmar set themselves a high standard with the first volume, and it’s good to see that they have maintained that level of excellence. . . . If you like good, solid horror, check it out. I’ve found some new authors to read.”—Adventures Fantastic
“Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can’t.”—Atomic Fangirl
“Once I started this book, I didn’t want to read anything else.”—Carole’s Random Life