Four Summoner's Tales - by Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, and Jonathan Maberry
Each of these novellas by different authors springs from the same idea: when a stranger comes to town and offers to resurrect the dead, there are unexpected consequences. Horror masters Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry take their stories in different directions, each of them equally uncomfortable. In Armstrong's "Suffer the Children," the stranger asks for a 100% return on each child brought to life, while Golden's "Pipers" includes both drug smugglers and an undead army. An extortionist demands to be paid not
to revive unloved ones in "The Good-Natured Man" by David Liss. Finally, in "Alive Day," Jonathan Maberry calls on anti-terrorism specialist Joe Ledger to handle complications with a mission in Afghanistan.