I'm a fan of F. Paul Wilson, so I was really hopeful when I started in on this book. This anthology contains many medically-related horror short stories, which the editor has placed in chronological order (with the first stories happening in the past, moving all the way to the not-so-distant future in the end).
Most of these stories are really good and will stay with you for a long time.
The stories in this collection (as described by Publisher's Weekly):
Pronzini kicks off the collection with a moody evocation of a moralistic madwoman in the last century ("Angel of Mercy"). Williamson contributes a sardonic yarn ("Dr. Joe") about a venal physician who gets involved in an insurance scam, while Pearson digs into his bag of crime-novelist tricks to create a gripping thriller novella about medical vengeance ("All Over But the Dying"). In the clever "Petit Mal," high-tech SF writer Jack Nimersheim imagines programmable biological devices attacking their creator. Elsewhere, Bruce Holland Rogers's "Wind Over Heaven" tells the pleasantly macabre story of a restaurant owner who gets caught up in the world of alternative medicine.
There are a few others not mentioned above, one notably being "Bad Touch" which was the only story in the collection I disliked.
Overall a terrific anthology of medically-related horror!
If Michael Crichton's medical thriller novels made you nervous, this collection of physician-related stories will outright scare the wadding right out of you! You'll have to take a break and hide from the words from story to story, but they will drag you back for another frightening round---the collection is just that good!
From back cover:
Wilson has collected fourteen short stories that will make your next meeting with a physician much less comforting. There are murdr mysteries, dark tales of cerebral and physical terror, and despair-based commentaries on the future all served up by some riveting writers. [Detroit Free Press]
From alternative medicine to murder, F.Paul Wilson's Diagnosis: Terminal reveals terrors surgical, psychological, and institutional. In stark, operating-room light these fourteen writers take scalpel and pen to the body and soul of humanity as it lies stretched out on the stainless-steel page. Rendered in laser-sharp detail, these incisive narrative reveal our needs, our hurts, our desires, and our fears.
This unsettling anthology submerges us in the near-witchcraft methods of a nineteenth abortionist and awes us with a post-apocalypse future where autistic mutants telepathically remove pain. But more than anything, it gives us frightening real glimpses of ourselves and a nightmarish medical future that may be here in five minutes--if it's not already.
Featuring stories by F. Paul Wilson, Bill Pronzini, Chet Williamson, Matthew Costello, Billie Sue Mosiman, Steve Spruill, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas F. Monteleone, Tina L.Jens, Ridley Pearson, Jack Nimersheim, Brunch H. Rogers, Ed Gorman, and Karl Edward Wagner.
14 short stories that will make you rethink your next Doctor's visit.
14 great short stories of medical terror by various authors.
This book is made up of various writers. This is great if you would like to expand your lists of possible writers to read. There are 14 stories in this book. I loved it.