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Noyes, Deborah, ed. Gothic! Ten original dark tales.

NOYES, Deborah, ed. Gothic! Ten original dark tales. Candlewick Press. 241p. c2004. 076362737-2. $7.99. S

This book is a must-have for fans of horror or gothic fiction, dark tales meant to thrill and make one think. Noyes explains her definition of gothic and tells something about the authors and their tales in her introduction to the book. Then readers are in for a treat. There are some big names in this anthology--Joan Aiken, Neil Gaiman, Vivian Vande Velde, and Barry Yourgrau are just a few. Readers will not be disappointed in the least and will remember these tales when they are alone in the dark trying to convince themselves that there's really nothing out there. Or is there? There are some traditional settings, and pieces that take place in the past; but there are just as many stories that take place in the technology-saturated present and in modern suburban developments, as opposed to brooding lands shadowed by ruined castles. The surreal and the supernatural are king in this collection but there are creative and imaginative takes on a lot of hoary old stereotypes. Readers will be delighted by shape shifting witches, whiney vampires, houses that think, monstrous families, and more. Aiken and Vande Velde deliver chilling ghost stories--brooding, horrific, and sure to keep readers awake. Some offer humor, as Neil Gaiman does in a story with a title almost longer than this review. It will make you laugh and think about the genre as well. It's difficult to single out stories since all are well written and all deliver satisfying thrills and chills. Joseph DeMarco, Philadelphia, PA

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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