This book won a World Fantasy Award. It's remarkable: The stories are rich, fascinating stuff - creepy and unsettling and phantasmic. Imagine what Tolkien's Lord of the Rings would have been like if Tolkien had tried to tell that story sympathetically from the point of view of the human denizens of Mordor and you'll have the slightest sense of what you're about to wade into... but only just a sense.
These stories will make the same demands on you that they made on Brian: They will command and compel you, and fill you full of terrible wonder. And when you've finished them, you'll find yourself wanting more.
©1997 Brian McNaughton (P)2013 Wildside Press LLC
Smacks of the best of Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Howard, HP Lovecraft with a little Dunsany on the side. All the floured language Chimerical hybridizations and squamous descriptions one could hope for.
Great stories told with mastery. The only complaint I have is with the release itself. The chapters vary between 2 to 20 mins in length with no indication where one story begins and another ends, which, in a collection of stort stories, is a major annoyence.
I still strongly recommend this book to anyone with a fondness for wierd horror or dark fantasy.
I had never heard of this title or author. I am an avid reader of science fiction and have dabbled in fantasy, but I have rarely read a horror book when not assigned to do so. I would describe this as horror fantasy, somewhere between George R. R. Martin and H. P. Lovecraft.
I bought this title to listen to during my flights over Thanksgiving, after the recommendation from the "Stuff to Blow Your Mind" podcast. Once I started it, I had to finish it. It was addictive. In fact, I have enjoyed this collection of tales so much, that I plan to further explore horror fiction.
This book is so well writen and so well preformed, I had to put it down from time to time, because it started to effect me. This book is unabashed horror theater. I felt threatened by the outstanding narration, the menace in the narrators voice and the plot of all the short storys made me feel uneasy and frankly disgusted at times. I don't think ive had as much of a visceral reaction to a book or a preformance than i did to this one.
The short story "The King in Yellow", "Our Lady of the Flowers" " The Story of the Eye" "Crash" The movies "Irreversable" and "The Road".
I forget the name, but the story of the nobel and his wife who wants to become a ghoul, and how that happens, is an insight to horror fiction and mental illness.
You can't unseen this Movie!
I thought about this book and writer, he is so talented and at times makes the horror so realistic and simple that it might put you off; and maybe thats why he might not be as well know and well read as he should be. This book and mostly the narration actualy made me feel unsafe and replused, at times, if i dwelled on it too much. This review maybe over the top, the writing is well crafted.
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