Shining in the Dark – Hans-Ake Lilja

Another nice little short story collection!

Thanks to Gallery Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

SHINING IN THE DARK: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF LILJA’S LIBRARY – Hans-Ake Lilja (Released October 22nd, 2019)


Book Description:

From the founder of the #1 Stephen King news website Lilja’s Library comes a terrifying and deliciously creepy anthology of horror stories, including a rare story from Stephen King himself, classics by Clive Barker and Edgar Allan Poe, and a novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In).

Celebrating twenty years of the expansive Stephen King fan site Lilja’s Library, this creepy collection of stories is perfect for horror fans of all backgrounds. With a terrifying story that has never been previously included in any of Stephen King’s collections, Shining in the Dark is an unforgettable anthology, featuring short stories by some of the genre’s best-known and most talented authors.

Stories include:
“The Blue Air Compressor” by Stephen King
“The Net” by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek
“The Novel of the Holocaust” by Stewart O’Nan
“Aeliana” by Bev Vincent
“Pidgin and Theresa” by Clive Barker
“An End To All Things “ by Brian Keene
“Cemetery Dance” by Richard Chizmar
“Drawn to the Flame” by Kevin Quigley
“The Companion” by Ramsey Campbell
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
“A Mother’s Love” by Brian James Freeman
“The Keeper’s Companion” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

My Quick Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Here’s a quick little review! This was a great collection of short horror stories by an incredible range of authors including John Ajvide Lindqvist, Clive Barker, Brian Keene, and of course, Stephen King. I’m embarrassed to say, as a Stephen King fan, that I haven’t looked at Lilja’s Library before, but now I definitely will be. I had heard of it before, but never took the opportunity to look it up.

I now realize I need to bump up LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and more Clive Barker on my TBR. I don’t know why I’ve put them off for so long, but that will be changing in 2020! If you’re a fan of horror and short stories, then this is a solid collection to find some authors new to you and revisit some favorites.

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