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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Night Shift by Stephen King

This is a collection containing 25 of this great horror writer's stories, though not all of them are horror. King has a good line in psychological thriller stories too, and there's plenty of that in here!
Two of the stories feature the world of Salem's Lot, in fact the book opens with Jerusalem's Lot, a story set in the 19th century, kind of a Salem's Lot begins, and is very good!
There's also The Lawnmower Man, a 1975 story that bears no relation to the 90s sci fi flick! It is pretty much Stephen King doing horror, quite creepy and more than a bit weird!
Overall a good collection with a nice long introduction by the author.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock Presents...


This is a collection of stories that, in Hitchcock's words 'they wouldn't let me do on TV.'
It's not a bad collection, one or two gems in there (Roald Dahl, William Hope Hodgson, M. R. James) but nothing out of the ordinary by today's standards. But then again this was published 50 years ago!

The stories are:
Being a Murderer Myself by Arthur Williams
Lukundoo by Edward Lucas White
A Woman Seldom Found by William Sansom
The Perfectionist by Margaret St Clair
The Price of the Head by John Russell
Love Comes to Miss Lucy Q. Patrick
Sredni Vashtar by Saki (H.H. Munro)
Love Lies Bleeding by Philip MacDonald
The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome
Casting the Runes by M.R. James
The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson
How Love Came to Professor Guildea by Robert S. Hichens
The Moment of Decision by Stanley Ellin
A Jungle Graduate by James Francis Dwyer
Recipe for Murder by C.P. Donnel, Jr
Nunc Dimittis by Roald Dahl
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
The Lady on the Grey by John Collier
The Waxwork by A.M. Burrage
The Dumb Wife by Thomas Burke
Couching at the Door by D.K. Broster
The October Game by Ray Bradbury
Water's Edge by Robert Block
The Jokester by Robert Arthur
The Abyss by Leonid Andreyev