By Christopher Golden
Dark Duets is a ceremonial dinner of eerie and spell binding horror, mystery, and darkish myth tales—an bold and precise 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 via authors—and in a single case, a trio—who have by no means labored jointly earlier than, the tales during this captivating literary chemistry mixture varied parts and wealthy subject matters into captivating and hugely flamable stories that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored nation-states of the imagination.
On the evening earlier than Halloween, an unwitting younger girl falls lower than the spell of a perilous man—and right into a terrifying multiverse—in "T Rhymer" via Gregory Frost and Jonathan Maberry. Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan discover the beautiful affliction of everlasting love in "She, Doomed Girl." "Welded" through Tom Piccirilli and T. M. Wright bargains an unsettling imaginative and prescient of evil that infects and destroys lives.
Mixing the normal with the extreme, those daring and shiny tales provide a compelling survey of the supernatural international that's bound to frighten and enchant.
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