Sunday, December 28, 2008

Poe's Children - Peter Straub

Rather than being Edgar Allen Poe-like, the editor says in his introduction that these stories are supposed to show 'literary horror' of the new variety. In a lot of cases that means the type of horror story that isn't. That is no horror, terror, or anything else of the sort to be seen. Gaiman, Klages, etc and there particular stories here might scare someone, but no-one I have ever met.

Elizabeth Hand has no such problems coming the two, and her story is easily the class of the book, and Stephen King, as usual, does not disappoint.

Apart from those couple and Joe Hill overall a very ordinary anthology from a horror point of view. Even Campbell's story is a bit on the lame side.

Poe's Children : The bees - Dan Chaon
Poe's Children : Cleopatra Brimstone - Elizabeth Hand
Poe's Children : The man on the ceiling - Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
Poe's Children : The great god Pan - M. John Harrison
Poe's Children : The voice on the beach - Ramsey Campbell
Poe's Children : Body - Brian Evenson
Poe's Children : Louise's ghost - Kelly Link
Poe's Children : The sadness of detail - Jonathan Carroll
Poe's Children : Leda - M. Rickert
Poe's Children : In praise of folly - Thomas Tessier
Poe's Children : Plot twist - David J. Schow
Poe's Children : The two Sams - Glen Hirshberg
Poe's Children : Notes on the writing of horror: a story - Thomas Ligotti
Poe's Children : Unearthed - Benjamin Percy
Poe's Children : Gardener of heart - Bradford Morrow
Poe's Children : Little red's tango - Peter Straub
Poe's Children : The ballad of the flexible bullet - Stephen King
Poe's Children : 20th century ghost - Joe Hill
Poe's Children : The green glass sea - Ellen Klages
Poe's Children : The kiss - Tia V. Travis
Poe's Children : Black dust - Graham Joyce
Poe's Children : October in the chair - Neil Gaiman
Poe's Children : Missolonghi 1824 - John Crowley
Poe's Children : Insect dreams - Rosalind Palermo Stevenson.

Buzz burnt out.

3 out of 5


Butterfly boy collection mounting.

4.5 out of 5


Imaginary not-friend.

2.5 out of 5


Divorced from story glimpse.

2.5 out of 5


Dune Roller.

3 out of 5


Native archaeology overstep.

3 out of 5


Less one Louise.

3 out of 5


Future picture.

3 out of 5


Swan rape leftover.

3 out of 5


Statue for a song.

3.5 out of 5


Booting along to Las Vegas.

3.5 out of 5


Miscarriage packets.

2.5 out of 5


Multiple pants style dead.

3.5 out of 5


Native archaeology overstep.

3 out of 5


Dead sister archaeology.

3 out of 5


Overlong description dance.

1.5 out of 5


Typewriter elf massacre.

4 out of 5


Cinema-goers leave the dead in the aisles.

4 out of 5


Fused dirt.

3 out of 5


That ring big enough to choke a whore, mum?

3.5 out of 5


Dad and buried.

3 out of 5


Monthly avatar stories that most of them don't even like.

2 out of 5


Getting the goat out.

3.5 out of 5


Forest beasts.

2.5 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

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