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The year's best horror stories : XX

by Karl Edward Wagner;

  Print book : Fiction

Selected story summaries   (2018-11-07)


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"The Picnickers" by Brian Lumley - A family of four gypsy ghouls set up a picnic on the opposite side of the cemetery wall when a new casket is interred. They extrude an appendage which burrows through the earth and the side of the casket to get at the flesh inside. Their behavior is discovered when the wife of the most recent dead man commits suicide and requests to be buried next to her husband. The husband's grave is disinterred and the damage to the casket observed. One man knows what type of creature is responsible so he designs a casket with a blade in it that can be operated remotely when penetrated. At the widow's interment the ghoul's appendages are amputated and they attempt to stumble away from their side of the cemetery wall. The angry townsfolk hunt them down and slaughter them.

"A Scent of Roses" by Jeffrey Goddin - Cindy stumbles over a cult that is sacrificing street children to an old god while looking for leads on a girl who's gone missing. The old god enters her mind and rips away the memories of what she's seen.

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