Thumbs up for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Horror.
This would have been a lot more thrilling if I hadn’t already known the story. Poor RLS, his work suffers from its ubiquity – though there are surely far worse fates. That aside, he has a way with words, and I enjoyed every one.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Horror.
Stephen King is a better wordsmith than almost anyone else. That’s all I feel the need to say. But that said, do yourself a favor and don’t get the illustrated edition of The Gunslinger. Not only do some of the illustrations contradict what’s said in the story, but some are in completely inappropriate places, to the extent that they spoil what’s going to happen.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for I Am Legend (and other stories) by Richard Matheson. Horror.
Simple plot: Robert Neville is the last man standing after the rest of the human race has turned into vampire-zombies. Matheson’s writing is so clean, so quick, with such sharp jabs of brilliance, you feel as if you’re spinning across the surface of a faceted diamond as the pages turn.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Horror.
This wasn’t what I expected. There was no castle, for one; no skulking shades in the thunderstorm; and not really much man-vs-monster fisticuffs. (And certainly no one named Igor.) Frankenstein’s monster is literate, sensitive, and sympathetic; and the hero spends more time reflecting on the beauties of the Swiss Alps than he ever spends mano-a-monster.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for 18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Vincent Price and Chandler Brossard. Horror.
I remembered liking Poe when I’d read him before, and Halloween seemed an excellent time to finish up a collection of his stories. He was even better than I remembered, and I enjoyed the selection in this edition enough that it’s earned a place on my bookshelf.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Ring by Koji Suzuki. Horror.
I found this filed in the Literature section of the bookstore where I bought it, but please, if Ring is literature than so’s my grocery list. Though it didn’t seem much like Horror, either, as it wasn’t scary (to me), unless you count a prosaically creepy denouement. (Pity; I thought it would be appropriate to read something scary at Halloween.) Sub-mediocre writing and/or translating, but when the investigation picks up, the pages turn fast.… >> Read more