The Perils Have Been Faced

The midnight bell is tolling for the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge.

Readers Imbibing Peril

For my final review of this challenge, I present Don’t Open This Book by Marvin Kaye. This anthology collects 39 short stories, each with its own Twilight Zone sort of strangeness. Each concerns itself with forbidden knowledge, dangerous secrets, unholy contracts, or other variations on the theme of Things In Which Man Should Not Meddle. I was pleasantly surprised that the theme of the book was stated so literally in the title. I was rather expecting a volume packed with chilling ghost stories, ghastly crime, and nameless horror, but the reality was far more entertaining.

The stories ranged from good to great, and I’d be hard pressed to select a favorite among them.

Unfortunately, completing this book doesn’t satisfy the requirements for Peril the First, which is to have read four books. After Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and First Time Dead 2, this is only my third book in this challenge.

Still, I had a lot of fun participating, and I’d do it again next year.

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