Douglas Winter wrote in his introduction to the seminal horror anthology Prime Evil that "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the Western . . . Horror is an emotion." I think that is what George Zebrowski (Macrolife) is trying to get across in Black Pockets and Other Dark Thoughts. These nineteen stories (primarily science fiction or fantasy tales with horrific elements -- not full-blown terror tales) are divided into three sections: "Personal Terrors," "Political Horrors," and "Metaphysical Fears" -- intended to showcase frights on different levels, always with startling effectiveness. Take this passage from "The Wish in the Fear":
About the author
George Zebrowski (born December 28, 1945) is a science fiction author and editor who has written and edited a number of books, and is a former editor of The Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lives with author Pamela Sargent, with whom he has co-written a number of novels, including Star Trek novels.
Zebrowski won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1999 for his novel Brute Orbits. Three of his short stories, "Heathen God," "The Eichmann Variations," and "Wound the Wind," have been nominated for the Nebula Award, and "The Idea Trap" was nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Award.