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Overview

Following his first two acclaimed collections, The Dark Country and Red Dreams, Etchison's much-anticipated third volume of
wildly original stories continues to redefine modern horror. From the freeway off-ramps of Los Angeles to the darkest passages of the human heart, these are the visions of a writer whose imagination knows no boundaries.

Published exclusively as a limited-edition hardcover in 1988, this legendary collection of dark fantasy tales is now available for the first time in 25 years.

CONTENTS:

"Call 666"
"A Nice, Shady Place"
"The Woman In Black"
"A Walk In the Wet"
"The Night of the Eye"
"The Spot"
"The Soft Wall"
"Somebody Like You"
"Bloodgame"
"Deadspace"
"Home Call"
*"The Olympic Runner"
"The Blood Kiss"


*(British Fantasy Award: Best Short Fiction, 1987)

"Dennis Etchison's writing is a disturbing marvel." — Richard Christian Matheson

"Horror's greatest inconoclast." — Garrett Peck

"Dennis Etchison is one of the jewels of our field. He has raised the short story — whether it be supernatural, science fiction, psychological suspense, or, most provocatively, an indefinable combination of several or all of these — to a level of high artistry that, among current writers, perhaps only Ramsey Campbell and Thomas Ligotti can match." — S.T. Joshi

"The finest writer of psychological horror this genre has produced." — Karl Edward Wagner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910489188
  • Publisher: Scream Press
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 224

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Dennis Etchison is one of the finest writers of literary horror

    Dennis Etchison is one of the finest writers of literary horror the genre has ever produced, and THE BLOOD KISS is an excellent addition to his impressive body of work. Etchison's precise, poetic use of language, and his darkly surreal rendition of Southern California as a psychological landscape as much as a physical one, makes THE BLOOD KISS one of the finest collections of dark fiction ever produced.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Themes of abandonment and rejection pervade the thirteen short s

    Themes of abandonment and rejection pervade the thirteen short stories comprising this outstanding collection. Having read Dennis Etchison's first two collections, "The Dark Country" and "Red Dreams," "The Blood Kiss" exceeds my very high expectations.


    Etchison is a writer so well-versed in horror scenarios and tropes that he can call up any of them, at any time, and bend them to his bidding. This collection shows off Etchison's genre knowledge. There are special talents explained via science fiction, as in "A Walk In the Wet." There are mutations afoot, as in "A Nice, Shady Place." There is a dystopian world-gone-mad, as in "The Woman In Black," and the fantasy made flesh, as in "Someone Like You."

    But these stories are so much more than the expected sci-fi/horror plots, which, it seems, are mere playthings in Etchison's expert hands. His true gift lies in laying bare the loneliness, despair, confusion, vengeful hatred, pettiness, and passion of his characters. I feel his characters' emotions in my heart—and though I read constantly, I find that kind of connection to be a rare occurrence, even in the best work of the best writers. But Etchison consistently finds the place where honesty and horror resonate, reaching reality.

    As in most of Etchison's work, you have to really focus on the details, reading with patience. Also, you can't always expect a neatly drawn conclusion. As in real life, closure is rarely achieved. Nor will the point of each story be handed to the reader on a platter. Etchison seems more interested in letting readers figure the meanings out for themselves, or perhaps just be in the moment, riding the shifts in the interior landscape.

    My favorite story in this collection is "The Olympic Runner," which is, in my opinion, an absolute classic, a must-read, even, dare I say, a work of genius. It's a story where every person, place, and thing seems to have symbolic meaning. My next favorite tale is the title story, "The Blood Kiss," which is a romp, a tribute to the films and the movie industry life, of which Etchison is a connoisseur. It's got one heck of a Hollywood ending, too.

    I'm looking forward to more challenging, fascinating stories from this very gifted writer. --Kirkwood Bell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Dennis Etchison is a very fine writer. If more aspired to his hi

    Dennis Etchison is a very fine writer. If more aspired to his high standards the quality of most books would at least double. I mean this with all sincerity. His skill with short stories is exceptional. You can't go wrong here. --Mark Fulton

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    This book is a piece of shit

    Complete waste of money and time. Could not even finish half.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 9, 2014

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