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Publishers Weekly
In her preface, Canadian Kilpatrick (The Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick) calls this collection a "tribute" to the small press, where most of its 27 brief dark fantasy tales first appeared. Like the desktop-published books and periodicals she lauds, many of the stories have a rough and tumble quality that reflect the worst and the best of semipro publishing. "Youth Not Wasted," a black comedy about diet consciousness, and "Metal Fatigue," concerned with a man's apparent sexual victimization by Streiberesque E.T.s, are full of physical vulgarity that sometimes passes for revolutionary candor in horror's guerrilla press. "Horrorscope," which features people guided by astrology to commit deviant acts, is one of several plotless experiments more concerned with elaborating strange personalities and ideas than telling a story. The best selections, however, show the author skillfully developing character and theme in stories of ambiguous supernaturalism. In "Projections," a maladjusted woman follows her psychiatrist's advice to embrace the fears she projects onto others and winds up assimilating something nasty that may not be just a figment of her neuroses. The book's most affecting story, the previously unpublished "The Middle of Nowhere," completely sidesteps the fantastic in its depiction of the horrifying transformative power of grief. Its haunting, direct confrontation of powerful emotions cloaked elsewhere in the book in the garb of supernatural imagery shows why Kilpatrick is one of the horror small press's most successful graduates. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930997097
  • Publisher: Darktales Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xii
Preface by the Author xiv
Woodworker 3
Alien Love 9
What Matters 15
Heartbeat 17
Megan's Spirit 25
When Shadows Come Back 35
Snow Angel 41
Brina 49
The Children of Gael 55
Animal Rites 67
Base of a Triangle 71
Creature Comforts 75
Horrorscope 83
An Eye for an Eye 89
Generation Why 95
...And Thou! 101
Rural Legend 107
Youth Not Wasted 109
The Power Of One 115
Truth 121
Inspiriter 129
Punkins 137
Vermiculture 143
The Middle of Nowhere 151
Cold Comfort 155
Whitelight 159
Projections 163
Metal Fatigue 171
Afterword by the Author 176
About the Author 179
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