Dark Lands is a collection of short horror stories, including:
Dolphin Street—runaways escape to a punk underworld, where there are no rules, and find a living nightmare leading to an abandoned house and the crawlspace underneath;
Death Tarp—a dying man goes beyond death to return as his shroud, a panel of the AIDS quilt, in a supernatural tale of disease and revenge;
Deadfall—a mysterious hitcher takes a ride into the wilderness with a van full of coeds, where they descend into terror beyond the limits of pleasure and pain;
Drifter—an inhuman, feral boy roams the backwoods being hunted by another;
and Dark Passage, Dark Inferno, and Dark Beyond—a wraparound tripartite in which a Goth youth and his companions invoke dark rites, using symbols and incantations, to open the gates of hell.