Post Mortem: New Tales of Ghostly Horror

Paul F. Olson, Editor, David B. Silva, Editor, Dean R. Koontz, Photographer St. Martin's Press $16.95 (290p) ISBN 978-0-312-02631-8
The ghost story, as the afterword by Dean R. Koontz points out, has a long and honorable history and speaks to deep psychic needs. The 17 tales in this excellent collection, edited by two men who separately publish semi-professional magazines of horror fiction, are well-written and eerie. Among the best: ``Blanca'' by Thomas Tessier, a terrifying account of a traveler's sojourn in a brutal, unforgiving police state; Gary Brandner's ``Mark of the Loser,'' a haunted house story in which the naive protagonist meets an undeserved but not totally unexpected fate; ``The Brush of Soft Wings'' by Melissa Mia Hall, reminiscent of Truman Capote's ``Miriam,'' but gentler--death as a capricious but good-hearted little girl who comes to live with a lonely old woman; Robert McCammon's ``Haunted World,'' which begins as a humorous anecdote and inexorably segues into a tale of horror; and Ramsey Campbell's loving, chilling tribute to the works of the great M. R. James, ``The Guide.'' (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-20792-4
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