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Strange Things and Stranger Places

Strange Things and Stranger Places

by Ramsey Campbell

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The previously published stories in this collection, which also includes a new novella, seem to have languished in obscurity until now for a reason: very few stand out, and none achieve the resonance of Campbell's best horror novels, such as The Count of Eleven. The collection does frequently display his remarkable talent for twisting the ordinary into the darkly surreal, but some of these early efforts lack the taut construction which shapes his later flights of fancy. In ``Cat and Mouse'' (1972), the narrator decides his new house is ``hunting'' him before much has happened to convince the reader of this odd conceit. Other stories seem like throwaway attempts at well-worn genres: ``Wrapped Up'' and ``Rising Generation,'' both written in 1974, respectively run through the usual mummy and zombie shtick. The new novella, ``Needing Ghosts,'' occupies a category of its own, depicting a nightmarish odyssey through a strangely distorted suburban landscape, as a novelist desperately tries to reassure himself that he hasn't simply imagined his entire career. The images are disturbingly inventive, but in the end the novella's harrowing, delusionary pointlessness is so like a bad dream that the reader just wishes it would end. Campbell's fans, however, will admire his venture into even weirder territory and should welcome the collection as a whole. (June)

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Ramsey Campbell has won more awards than any other living author of horror or dark fantasy, including four World Fantasy Awards, nine British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards. Critically acclaimed both in the US and in England, Campbell is widely regarded as one of the genre's literary lights for both his short fiction and his novels. His classic novels, such as The Face that Must Die, The Doll Who Ate His Mother, and The Influence, set new standards for horror as literature. His collection, Scared Stiff, virtually established the subgenre of erotic horror.

Ramsey Campbell's works have been published in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and several other languages. He has been President of the British Fantasy Society and has edited critically acclaimed anthologies, including Fine Frights. Campbell's best known works in the US are Obsession, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, and Nazareth Hill.

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