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Posted September 4, 2011
The stories in this baby run the gamut from the very good ("Rami Temporalis" and "Around it Still the Sumac Grows") to the rather dull ("Faith Will Make You Free" and "The Growth of Alan Ashley"). There's the painfully bizarre ("Dysfunction" and "Infliction") and the trying-too-hard-to-be-bizarre ("The Planting").
Though it's more mainstream than horror, Stephen King's "Stationary Bike" is very good. A few of them ("The Food Processor" and "One of Those Weeks" for example) suffer from that I-know-I'm-just-reading-a-story feel, preventing me from really getting into them.
"Story Time with the Bluefield Strangler," "Father Bob and Bobby," and "The Thing Too Hideous to Describe" are top-notch stories by top-notch writers.
The good ones outnumber the not-so-good ones (and none of them are really bad), so I recommend this anthology fairly highly.
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