Irrespective of who you are, this book will move you. More so if u have lost someone close to you. You will dread reaching the end as u know what lies there, but the journey is a path of healing and renewal.
What are you afraid off? Flying? Children? A doll? New neighbour? Heck, what about the guy sitting next to you on the bus and sniffing? In the hands of Richard Matheson, paranoia hits an all time high. He doesn't need to conjure up ghosts, monsters or aliens to scare you. Some of his best works are showcased in these short stories. Some chilling, some just disturbing, but all of them will get under your skin ... just because it may just happen.
One hillariously long acid trip. A down-n-out jorunalist and his 2-bit samoan lawyer decide to do an 'Easy Rider', go to Vegas, cover a dirt-bike competetion and taste the American Dream .. all while being stoned out of their mind! You'll laugh out loud, but then realise that some bits may not be too far from the truth. A truly original classic.
A brilliant debut novel from one of today's most original writers. Way way better than the movie, and that's saying a lot. The tale of one man's dementia going down his dark rabbit-hole. The style of writing packs a punch and is refreshing, and the perfect mix anthropophobia and sentiments of disestablishment result in an explosive combo. Has to be a recommended read not just for your local book club, but for everyman on the street. Power to the people!
Ah, the book that spawned Hellraiser. Forget the movie, the book is beter. This is Barker at his prime ... dark, imaginative and utterly freaky. The pace is quick and twisted. The result – one of the most original horror tales in a long time.
Dudley's a budding writer, but his day-job is a pain in the butt. What he wants to do is just chuck it all and start doing what he loves best – writing his dark morbid imaginative stories! Then out of the blue, a magazine wants to publish his first short gruesome short story, and interview him for the cover story, plus a film director wants to turn it all into a movie! But first he needs to come up with a follow-up story. Unfortunately, for Dudley, he develops writer's block. What does he do?British horror-master Ramsey Campbell strikes gold with this one. Vowing to do a change n keep things short in his novels, he take u along for one hell of a ride, riddled with much black humour - the kind only the Brits are good at, and parodies that age old question that haunts all authors .... where do u get ur ideas from? A truly fun read from start to finish. Highly recommended.
GOSH! This is probably the only book i've read this year that i would rate 5 STARS! Its an excellent debut for a new writer and its just "un-putdownable". Its main protagonist - Judas Coyne - is basically a heavy / death metal legend contemplating retirement, loves to work on old cars and collects macarbe souvenirs. The latest souvenir, a black suit arriving in a Heart Shaped Box, will literally spin his "safe" world on its heels and spirals quickly into a haunting that casts death's shadow on Judas and everyone around him. Its a brilliant story, i especially loved its rock references of the 70s and 80s, well written and fast paced. It starts off with a bang and never lets up. Heart Shaped Box is not so much shock-horror, but more a creepy-thriller and boy does it work. At the end of the book, you'll just forget that the author has a famous writer-dad by the name of King. Pick it up if you love a good scare, i promise you won't regret it.
This book really surprised me. Written in 1949 (it's old!), clocking in at just over 200 pages and costing me pittance from a discount book store, i actually enjoyed it! It's written a la pulp fiction / noir and centers around a small-town cinema operator - Joe Wilmot - and his odd love-hate relationship with his older wife Elizabeth. They run the show together but a bigger movie chain starts to move in on their turf, and both scheme to find a way out by way of insurance money! To tell more would not do justice to the twisting plot and the black comedy of the seedy US showhouse era of the 50s. And boy does the plot twist and turn, u really never know what to expect next. After reading this, now wonder all the current pulp fiction writers pay homage to Jim Thomson - he was truly a genius amongst a dying breed.
After such a long wait, I was so excited to get my hands on a new Barker book, i sprung for the nice hard cover edition, with the "old" pages and "burnt" cover edges. Unfortunately, that remains the best part of the book - how it looks. The "plot" of the story is wafer thin, the narration is tedious and repetitive, and the horrors few and far between. Halfway thru, i just wanted to be done with it and literally - as the main character keeps begging - to put it aflame. But alas, the book still looked good sitting on the shelf. Now i need to dig up the "Books of Blood" series and remind myself that, once upon a time, Clive Barker was an avant garde horror writer.
Picked this up at Book Xcess for RM4.90 on impulse and i gotta admit its one of the best impulse buys i've made. Ken Bruen's an Irish writer, his writing's crisp and no-holds-barred, nary a single line is wasted. (Each chapter is only 2 pages or more!) A quick read but very gritty and satisfying. Comparable to Block & Hammett. This is the first in a series of Brant & Roberts police stories. Looking forward to more.