As always, with an anthology, I always tend to ask if the collection of stories is overall worth the cost. The Amazon review by Paul Campbell covers all the stories and content. What does strike me is that, unlike Mr. Campbell (and Mr. Jones), I don't think I always understand what I am reading or what is considered horror. All I mean by this is that some of these stories seem to want the reader to have to find the horror in the story. I think I prefer to just have it given to me. There are some really great stories in this volume: Lantern Jack, The Crawling Sky, Sad Dark Thing, a few others. Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar is a a great story with a Robert E Howard/Lovecraft feel. Two exceptional standouts (in my opinion) are: "The Ocean Grand, Northwest Coast," and "The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer," the latter which was truly terrifying, particularly if you're a parent. I won't go into some of the others which are just confusing with the exception of two. "Some Kind of Light Shines From Your face" i couldn't even finish so maybe it's not fair to consider it bad. However, "The Tower," makes H. P. Lovecraft look coherent and concise. Talk about a headscratcher. This story was way too much work to read and just makes little to no sense but again, maybe it's just me.
As always, I love the introduction just as a wrap up of the year that was in publishing. However, perhaps my favorite part of the book is the Necrology. Reading thru this each year, it is great to reflect on all the people who have created and participated in all these great creative ventures thru the years and give them a final thought. It's also a great little trip down nostalgia lane and makes you want to go search out some of the old stuff again to either re-read or re-watch.
- Paperback: 589 pages
- Publisher: Running Pr Book Pub (23 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762445971
- ISBN-13: 978-0762445974
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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