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The best horror of the year. Volume eight

by Ellen Datlow;

  eBook : Document : Fiction

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"Indian Giver" by Ray Cluley - Tom confesses to Grady about the time the boys went up to an Indian couple to suggest they pack up and move west when violence broke out. Henry is antagonizing the squaw when she throws an egg at him. In response Henry craps in their well. She shoves him and Henry slaps her. The big husband moves between them and holds his hands out. Tom and the others think that's he's trying to calm things down but he shoves Henry hard and he tumbles into the well. The husband is shot in retaliation and then the hysterical wife is murdered. Tom takes the two children to live with an old Indian woman but then the men begin to taste blood in water and they see the murdered couple. Tom thinks to do right by the ghosts and retrieves their bodies from the well. He picks up the two children from the reluctant old woman. He takes them into the mountains and shoots them to bury them next to their parents. Grady is a priest so he feels that he must inform the sheriff and the following morning asks Tom to retell the story in the presence of the sheriff. Tom sees something in water trough the sheriff's horse is drinking from and is pulled in to drown. 

"My Boy Builds Coffins" by Gary McMahon - A mom cleaning her son's room finds a small coffin made for dad. A second one with the word mom is placed on her bed. She asks her son where he got the dirt lining the coffins and he tells her by the hole in the yard where the pet rabbit was buried. The husband and wife go outside with a shovel and widen the hole. They find rabbit bones that have been distorted. Under the bones there is another coffin. This coffin has the word 'Son' printed on it.

"We Are All Monsters Here" by Kelley Armstrong - After a vampire epidemic destroys society a woman gets revenge on a rape gang by bringing them a little girl vampire as a "gift" and leaving the house before midnight when the girl devours their blood.

 




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