Skulls in the Stars

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 2


Just in time to enjoy for Halloween, Valancourt Books has recently released their second volume of horror stories, in The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 2!

The volume contains 14 stories of terror and the supernatural in VBHSv2, encompassing nearly 200 years of horror history.  It includes a number of stunningly rare and never reprinted tales, including two that have never been published anywhere else.

Once again, as I said for VBHSv1, I am impressed with the cleverness of the book’s concept: it only includes stories by authors that Valancourt publishes, which makes the collection an advertisement for those authors’ novel-length works!  Because there is no other unifying theme, it also resulted in a very diverse set of tales, all of which are of extremely high quality.

A summary of the stories follows.

This is a really lovely collection, and well-worth reading, as is the first volume. It has gotten me into the mood to write fiction again myself! I highly recommend both volumes, which have also gotten me into the Halloween spirit.