By Ellen Datlow

During this exciting selection of unique tales a few of today's most well liked paranormal authors pride, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly stories of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher's "Curses" Harry Dresden investigates the way to elevate a curse laid through the reasonable people at the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs' "Fairy Gifts," a vampire is named domestic by way of magic to save lots of the Fae who freed him from a dismal curse. In Melissa Marr's "Guns for the Dead," the newly useless Frankie Lee seeks a task within the afterlife at the fallacious aspect of the legislation. In Holly Black's "Noble Rot," a demise rock famous person discovers that the younger lady who brings him meals each day has a few unusual appetites of her own.

Featuring unique tales from 20 authors, this darkish, appealing, incredible and fantastical assortment isn't really to be overlooked!

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Manny removed his sunglasses and smiled up at the man. “Buenos dı´as, Antonio. ” “Sı´,” Antonio said. His voice was low and sullen. His deeply tanned arms were crossed loosely over his chest. It put his right hand right next to his gun butt. I used Manny’s body to shield me from sight and casually put my hands close to my own gun. ” Or was that the Marines? “You’ve become a strong, handsome man,” Manny said. “My grandmother says I must let you in,” Antonio said. “She is a wise woman,” Manny said.

I asked. She smiled, but her eyes were as flat and black as a shark’s. ” I sighed. The voodoo lady wanted to see how tough I really was. Why? Maybe there wasn’t a reason. Maybe she was just a sadistic powerhungry bitch. Yeah, I could believe that. Then again, maybe there was a purpose to the theatrics. If so, I still didn’t know what it was. I glanced at Manny. He gave a barely perceivable shrug. He didn’t know what was going on either. Great. I didn’t like playing Dominga’s games, especially when I didn’t know the rules.

Sweat glimmered across his face in the harsh light. “Do not try any other doors, sen˜orita. ” I nodded. ” An empty room and he was sweating. Nice to know something frightened him. But why this room and not the one with the mewling stench behind it? I didn’t have a clue. ” He made a gracious motion THE LAUGHING CORPSE 53 like a maıˆtre d’ showing me to a chair. I went where he pointed. Where else was I going to go? The hallway fed into a large rectangular chamber. It was painted the same startling white as the cell had been.

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