Dark Screams: Volume Seven is one of those rare short story collections that provides not only a wide variety of styles, voices and plots, but also a clear thematic unity. To be sure, this book has been carefully and thoughtfully assembled. Released by premier horror press Cemetery Dance, it comes as no surprise that the names on the cover read almost like a “who’s who” of genre superstars. Consider the editors: Brian James Freeman’s work has been published by a number of presses, including Warner Books, Leisure, Borderlands Press, and Book-of-the-Month Club, and Richard Chizmar recently collaborated on the novella Gwendy’s Button Box with Stephen King. I cite these credentials as evidence for a reason: Freeman and Chizmar work at the vital center of contemporary mainstream American genre fiction.