Dark Universe Author:William F. Nolan Dark Universe: Stories 1951-2001 -- a breathtaking collection spanning five decades of stunning achievement -- the very best from a Master of Suspense. For anyone with an appreciation of modern fantastic fiction, a perspective on the evolution of science fiction, suspense, and horror, or an interest in the craft of the short story itself -... more »- DARK UNIVERSE ranks with "must have" books.
'The Waiting, Windless Dark': William F. Nolan's Universe • (2001) • essay by Christopher Conlon;
The Underdweller (1957) (variant of Small World);
Saturday's Shadow (1979);
Lonely Train A'Comin' (1981) (variant of The Train);
And Miles to Go Before I Sleep (1958) ;
A Good Day (1997);
Heart's Blood (2000);
The Cure (1988);
The Giant Man (1994);
At Diamond Lake (1994);
The Visit (1992);
The Partnership (1980);
The Yard (1987);
Major Prevue Here Tonight (1989);
Dead Call (1976);
Boyfren (1995) (variant of Boyfriend);
William F. Nolan (About the Author: Dark Universe) • essay.
I'm in the middle with this one because as an anthology of short stories I only liked a little more than half of them. Most were really great with surprise endings that were just awsome. The ones that were bad, were really, really bad. Like he'd written them when he was 6 or something, but since it states the year he wrote them it's quite apparent he was much older. Still most of them were really great stories, so the anthology is still worth a read.
The 41 stories in William F. Nolan's Dark Universe: A Grandmaster of Suspense Collects His Best Stories, prefaced by the author, represent the best of his 175 total horror, SF and mystery short stories (that's not to mention his dozen novels) completed during the past 50 years. In a story from 1956, the last man on Earth fights the little creatures that have been left to rule; in one from 2001, Nolan takes on school shootings and creepy smalltown cults... with an otherworldly twist. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.