Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell

By Ramsey Campbell

A super selection of tales by means of one of many masters of horror.

Not all partners are pleasant. there are lots of that you just probably do not need to determine. whilst Elaine was once operating overdue on the workplace, she notion she used to be on their lonesome. yet anything sinister was once within the elevator shaft...working its solution to her ground. Miles, too, idea he was once by myself in his new condo, the home of a assassin, yet he, too, had an undesirable spouse. And Knox won't ever overlook what was once expecting him within the dense fog.

Come and meet all of those partners and extra during this chilling number of horror stories by way of award-winning grasp of terror Ramsey Campbell. That clawing sound you listen, the haunting making a song, the relocating shadow—they all suggest that anything is ready to make your acquaintance.

Contains "The Companion", the tale Stephen King known as "one of the 3 most interesting horror tales i've got ever read".

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She felt caged among postdoc fellows who treated her like a little sister, jailbait, or a comrade in their own weirdness. Town kids her own age seemed alien. She could explain string theory, but not freak-dance or snowboard or apply mascara. It wasn’t for lack of trying. With ruthless precision, she had speed-readCosmo andTalk, gotten pierced and cornbraided, and memorized the cultural hot buttons. But none of it took. The pop lyrics made no sense to her, the clothes didn’t fit. Surfing for soul mates, she found only repetitious e-sex.

In many ways Paul Abbot was an actor. Besides playing kingmaker to scientists and sorcerer to politicians, he performed a bit role as her father. Not one of his best performances. She turned. He was standing on the upper rim. His Burberry was unbuttoned. It hung like a cloak from his broad shoulders. He looked leonine. There was no telling how long he’d been waiting in the shadows. He was not out of breath. There was no mud on his tweed slacks. That meant he had not taken the trail. They must have unlocked the gate and driven him up the old fire road.

Too late, she learned that in frogs the sperm and egg cells first form in the stomach, then travel to the gonads for storage. Inadvertently she’d taken the nucleus from a sperm cell. In short, she’d fertilized her own egg. Technically, Winston was not a true clone, but a monstrous child teased together with micropipettes and glass bell jars and a customized mix of amino acids. “A chimera,” he said. “You’ve crossed the species barrier. ” The Old Testament reproach, she’d expected. But there was something else in his voice.

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