Four long, gory, overwritten stories--depicting the seasons in Grant's fantasy Connecticut-town, Oxrun Station. There's the tale of spinster broker Samantha England, whose lovers suffer horrible mutilation-deaths--the work of young Danny, the brokerage's janitor, a man/bear last seen about to gobble down Samantha herself. There's the story of Elizabeth Corey, a waifish, mute, forlorn woman (with small daughter), who brings zappo extinction to anyone who takes her in. There's a post office besieged by a ghost-crew of demonic Hell's Angels, who kill and kill and stomp skulls. And in ""The Color of Joy,"" unmarried biology teacher Melissa Redmond sees ""the darkman"" wherever she goes--a spirit-creature who will split and chew the head of Melissa's colleague Sam Litten. Grisly comic-book horror, padded out with pseudo-literary prose.