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This anthology includes: Names by means of Jane Yolen; Elle Est Trois (La Mort) via Tanith Lee; Uncle Otto's Truck through Stephen King; 3.47 AM by way of David Langford; Mistral; Jon Wynne-Tyson; Out of Africa through David Drake; The Wall portray by means of Roger Johnson; souvenir by way of Vincent McHardy; Echoes by way of Lawrence C. Connolly; After photographs by way of Malcolm Edwards; The Ventriloquist's Daughter through Juleen Brantingham; Come to the social gathering by means of Frances Garfield; The Chair by means of Dennis Etchison; The Attic by means of Billy Wolfenbarger; One for the Horrors by means of David J. Schow; Spring Fingered Jack by means of Susan Casper; The Flash child by means of Scott Bradfield; the fellow With Legs by means of Al Sarrantonio; simply ready by way of Ramsey Campbell; and the creation: Of Fads and Frights via Karl Edward Wagner.

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