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.
These stories were not entertaining to me; I found the introductions obnoxious and self serving and the stories themselves were, at times, very ugly and disturbing.
A great collection of short stories.
Very good! Reminds me some of Robert Bloch