Grin of the Dark ) dismisses the career-spanning stories in this volume as “misshapen creaturesR"/>

Inconsequential Tales

Ramsey Campbell, Author Hippocampus $15 (256p) ISBN 978-0-9793806-6-2

In his jovially self-deprecating introduction, Campbell (Grin of the Dark ) dismisses the career-spanning stories in this volume as “misshapen creatures” deserving of criticism. Though far from his best work, these 25 tales run the gamut from gothic horror to new wave SF and are notable for their crafty prose and absence of most genre clichés. A number, including “The Void” and “The Other House,” show the influence of Nabokov’s fiction and the films of Alain Resnais in their experiments at turning the uncertainty of the oblique and ambiguous into a mood of menace that admits the supernatural. Top horror honors go to “The Shadows in the Barn,” in which a magician finds that his shadow puppets take on malignant life, and “The Burning,” in which an unemployed man’s feelings of victimization are externalized in macabre fashion. At their worst, these stories show Campbell honing his craft for better efforts; at their best, they can stand proudly with most modern tales of their type. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/15/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.