K horror tales from Karl Edward Wagner
One Of The Masters Of of the masters of genre who passed tragically early Some of the stories are beginning to show their age but that happens to all stories #and no one knocks Poe for not talking about smart phones The River of Night s Dreaming #no one knocks Poe for not talking about smart phones The River of Night s Dreaming a Robert Chambers inspired story that s always been a favorite of mine and serves as an example of Wagner s appreciation and knowledge of t While I am proud of the fact that I was even able to obtain a copy of this book "For Merely Being A "merely being a mass market paperback this book can cost upwards of 40 in online shops keep an eye out in your local used bookstores and even so that I finally ead the thing I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by my first exposur I first came across Karl Edward Wagner as the editor of a series of Year s Best Horror Fiction It was from that series that I encountered some fantastic stories such as Tiger in the Snow by Daniel Wynn Barber Egnaro by M John Harrison and Black Man in a Horn by TED Kline Karl Edward Wagner studied medicine and psychiatry but became disillusioned and left it writing Conan the Barbarian novels and short horror fiction I got this book from the public libraryIn some ways Karl Edward Wagner is an old school horror writer in other ways he has a contemporary approachIn The Pines A well crafted and well written story about a seductive female ghost But as ghost stories go kind of outineWhere The Summer Ends The story takes place in KEW s homestate of Tennessee Strange dangerous creates hide in the kudzu Kudzu is a vine that will grow a foot a day during the summer and simply overwhelm anything in its path Sticks This story won the British Fantasy Award and was a unner up in the World Fantasy Award for best short fiction Lovecraftian fiction but written in a contemporary style Earlier on goodreads I had described paint by numbers Lovercraftian fiction and this story exhibits it1 Reference to an imaginary and dangerous book2 God like space aliens3 One of the characters goes mad The Fourth Seal Not so much horror but like 1970s style conspiracy fiction and like some episodes of the X Files A young brilliant doctor encounters a secret organization which 1 has the cure for various diseases but withholds it from the public and 2 occasionally unleashes new diseases Why does this organization do this In order to keep the prestige of the medical profession highMore Sinned Against The main character worked in Hollywood performing in sleazyporntorture I finally was able to un down a copy of Wagner s In a Lonely Place via Int. SSticksThe Fourth Seal220 SwiftThe River. ,
Erlibrary Loan It s idiculous given the uality of the stories within "This Collection That It "collection that it out of print and prohibitively expensive if you decide to purchase a used copy Wagner was a very interesting guy a Pulp writer who trained to be a doctor and psychiatrist If interested to know there s long piece on him from a high school friend John Mayer with whom he shared a eal interest in Pulp at I said above the stories in A Lonely Place are of high uality the influences varied though Lovecraft seems prominent In several stories Wagner s own biography plays out a bit beneath the surface but if I hadn t of ead the article I wouldn t of known that Briefly1 In the Pines A modern day ghost or is it story set in the mountains of Tennessee A couple tries to put their lives back together after an automobile accident Wagner eally captures the area and the people of the mountains A Wizard in Love really well And he wisely incorporates the old blues song In the Pines into the story It s a dark haunting song and Wagner delivers a worthy story to accompany it2 Where the Summer Ends Great story with a goofy title I would of called it Kudzu Hints of Lovecraft A college student and collector like Wagner himself befriends an old antiue store owner in the Red Hook part of Knoxville 3 Sticks A much anthologized and for goodeason story of an ancient ace a war veteran and artist and some strange art work found in the woods I can t help but wonder if the makers of Blair Witch Project took the weird things hanging from the trees from this story Again Lovecraft influenced Also something
Of An Ho Ian ho i been looking for this book for about ten years could never find it for less than 50 finally stumbled on it by accident at the LA paperback book festival 20 couldn t afford not to buy it went home and ead it straight through filled with glee now was it worth it well i would say no although Sticks is of course a great story scary as hell and often anthologized and 220 Swift is pretty good and Where the Summer Ends and The River of Night s Dreaming are bo This is a collection of Wagner s short horror stories and it s one of my favorite horror collections of all time Incredible stories that Tigers in Normandy really stay with you long after youead them It s too bad Wagner died so young I was lucky enough to obtain a copy when first published and it has pride of place in my libraryIt can still be found but the price is idiculousAlthough Karl is over fond of the word lich these stories stand the test of time and are truly unforgettable Especially Sticks and The Fourth Seal I highly ecommend. Of Night’s Dreaming Beyond Any Measur. Sticks was phenomenal and so tightly streamlined it made most of the other stories feel overwritten It is no wonder this story has been
anthologized so much the iver of night dreamingso much The River of Night Dreaming King in Yellow story was also somewhat good although it went in a less interesting direction than I had hoped for after the intrigue of the opening scenes 220 Swift held promise but ultimately Hume on Religion relied too much on a somewhat tedious build up that grew muddy and failed to deliver much of substance considering the investment At times Wagner employs the male gaze to aidiculous extent like in Beyond Any Measure where the two Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 roommates are lounging around together in their lingerie because that s normal and he feels the need to describe how the one woman s straining thigh muscles shaped her buttocks nicely as sheeached for a book Seriously Beyond that many of these stories are weighed down with the kind of banal and unnecessary expository detail for which I long ago lost any patience Introduction Peter Straub pretty much City Schools: Lessons from New York raves about KEW high praise from one of his peers It seally interesting The Widow's Lawman reading this in comparison to the introduction he did to Walk on the Wild Side The Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner Volume 2Prologue to In the Pines Lonely Places is a mood setting page that paints a bleak pictureIn the Pines is wonderfully macabre The descent of the main character is perfectly done horrible for itselation to the authorWhere the Summer Ends Wow I last The Story Within read this years agoemembered it as creepy but wow Such a cool idea so well done I felt the heat of the nightSticks I like it when I have difficulty telling when I stepped out of eality into the supernatural PerfectThe Fourth Seal is perhaps one of the best most believable conspiracy theories I ve ever ead220 Swift takes several tropes that Robert E Howard used in his stories an old Greek myth blended uniuely served superbly I kind of knew where it was going but the ending still horrified meThe River of Night s Dreaming So often the supernatural element is obvious In this story the POV is so unreliable as to toss God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace reality up for grabs Whateally happened I m not sure but it was one hell of a trip I m not sure it s over either How coolBeyond Any Measure Why hasn t this happened often It s such a wild twist but seems almost obvious when it finally happens view spoilerA woman is Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris reincarnated takesevenge on the vampire inhabiting her former body hide spoiler Sticks and The Fourth Seal are two of the most terrifying stories I ve The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education read This is aeally eally good collection of dar. ContentsIn the PinesWhere the Summer End. .