This must for fans of horror is a strange and motley array of stories. While there is no theme per se, there is a pervasive sense of loss, vengeance and horror that fans will enjoy -- if one can call being completely creeped out enjoyable.
Twenty very different stories compose this collection, but as Datlow writes in her introduction, there are no demonic children, witches or vampires -- but plenty of other monsters to keep you on your toes. Highlights include Pat Cadigan's "Stilled Life," John Grant's "Lives," and Lee Thomas' "An Apiary of White Bees." (Tor, Dec., 384 pp., $25.95)
Natalie A. Luhrs