Each of the 17 stories in this book is a gem: though a few are flawed, the best gleam in perfection. In the chillingly superb title story, the efforts of two teenage boys to befriend an escaped bank robber yield deadly results; " Mother Darkness" is a shocking tale of a social worker with her own unresolved issues; and "Out There in the Darkness," the outstanding closing story, examines a neighborhood watch program that takes the law into its own hands. Gorman's technique is to take average people, place them in extraordinary situations, and then let the story wind itself out. Occasionally, this approach results in dreary sentimentality, as in "Render unto Caesar," about two men who try to save a teenage bride from her abusive husband, but on the whole, it works superbly. These stories cry out for an introduction and summary by Rod Serling; they remind the reader of the best Twilight Zone episodes.
Used availability for Ed Gorman's Moonchasers
December 1995 : USA Hardback
December 2000 : USA Paperback
October 1997 : USA Mass Market Paperback
August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition