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