“The Black Pumpkin” is a short horror story. “Miss Attila the Hun” is a short story about a teacher with strong enough will power to overcome an alien seed that was trying to take over the minds of everyone in a small town. “Down in the Darkness” is a short story about a man’s new house that has Hell in the cellar. “Ollie’s Hand” is a short story about a wino who can read minds. No one likes him when they find out that he is reading their thoughts, which is why he is a loner and a wino. “Snatcher” is a short story about a purse snatcher who steals a witch’s purse that takes him to Hell. “Trapped” is a short sci-fi story about a brave woman beset by evil, intelligent, lab rats that escaped from a nearby laboratory. “Bruno” is a short, comic story about a private eye who meets a bear cop from a parallel universe. It is a take-off of hard-boiled detective novels like those written by Mickey Spillane. “We Three” is a short story about triplets with special powers who kill everyone on earth by simply wishing them to be dead. The girl triplet gets pregnant. They sense that the fetus is more powerful than they are and that it doesn’t need them. “Hardshell” is a short story about a cop hunting a serial killer who turns out to be a shapechanger. “Kittens” is the first short story that Koontz ever sold. In it a girl drowns her twin-baby siblings to pay back her parents for drowning her kittens. “The Night of the Storm” is a short story set in a time when robots have inherited the earth and humans are regarded as mythical creatures. Four robots go on a hunting trip in Montana and discover that humans exist and the world is not rational. “Twilight of the Dawn” is a short story about a father who tries to raise his son to be an atheist and fails. Chase is a novel about a guilt-ridden Viet-name-War veteran who interrupts a killer and saves a girl. The killer harasses the vet and they hunt each other.
Year Read: 2005
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