These stories are full of rage and horror. A story about a house that has absorbed a man's lifetime of anger; a story about a man who systematically provokes hatred and violence among neighbours for no apparent reason; a story about a writer so full of self-loathing and despair that he ceases to exist; a story about a tie salesman for whom other people are a perpetual hell of sound and slime. These stories are the essence of their author. Someone who understands human darkness very well.
They are, I believe, chronlogically ordered and so there is some variation in quality. Some readers are better than others but in general they are excellent. Conrad John Schuck may be an acquired taste...but I have come to like him best - especially reading "Wet Straw".
I think anyone who wants to understand modern horror writing should give this a chance and listen to every story carefully.
This is an excellent collection. The readers are all serious professionals. But more than that: they've all taken the time to deliver well thought out, intelligent readings. The reading of "The Voice in the Night" by Sean Barrett is exceptional.
This is a wonderful collection. In particular, The Dreams of Albert Moreland and The Phantom Slayer are so well read that they reward repeated listening. The reader has given intelligent forethought to the precise intonation of reported speech and to the proper cadences of every sentence, so that every line is filled with a mood of thrilling gloom.
I really enjoyed this book; the tension grips you round the throat from the start, and never lets up. A rightly famous story. I haven't seen the movie version but it would be difficult to better the book.
I docked a star as I wasn't too taken with the narrator, but I'ld still strongly recommend the book.