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STRANGER by Michele Slung


Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters

edited by Michele Slung

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-06-105245-0
Publisher: Perennial/HarperCollins

The editor of I Shudder at Your Touch and National Geographic’s Living with Cannibals and Other Women’s Adventures (2000), polyanthologist Slung (erotica, crime detection, hauntings), offers 22 trap-door tales guaranteed to leave you hanging in suspense. Hasn’t your mother told you, “Don’t talk to strangers, honey—or Alfred Hitchcock’ll getcha!” Measuring the smiles of strangers in this toothy collection are Richard Matheson’s “Button, Button,” Ray Bradbury’s “The Town Where No One Got Off,” Thomas Disch’s “The Asian Shore,” Edith Wharton’s “Afterward,” H. P. Lovecraft’s “He,” Shirley Jackson’s “Jack the Ripper,” Patricia Highsmith’s “The Nature of the Thing,” and Tabitha King’s “The Women’s Room”—among other reasons for a lonesome single not to leave the TV on and find herself sucked into an eight-year X-Files marathon or, as in Lisa Tuttle’s goofy “Honey, I’m Home,” serially involved with famed TV husbands like Ricky Ricardo and Leave It to Beaver’s Ward Cleaver who’ve shown up in her kitchen—and bed.

Now, do you really need a hand with that suitcase, honeybunny?