Twenty-two ""contemporary nightmares"" that include some very edgy. savage moments. The stories range from the cynical fantasy of Pretty Maggie Money-eyes with the soul of a hooker trapped in a silver dollar slot machine and the big payoff--death, to the nightmare war experience which a man panicked by darkness undergoes in Blind Bird, Blind Bird, Go Away From Mel to the very sad, perceptive comment on Hollywood and its lost stars in The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie as another come-back attempt disillusions and, ultimately, degrades. There is racial madness, abortion and death, desperate loneliness here as the author presents All the Sounds of Fear. Ellison writes with an earnest vitality. Not a flabby sentence in the lot, as he pursues lost gods and ever present demons. Good.