The Big Book of Necon

The Big Book of Necon

by Bob Booth

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A major horror anthology calls for a "killer" lineup, and this 30th anniversary tribute to the Northeast Horror and Fantasy Convention features more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction by past attendees and guests who represent the best and darkest of the genre's practitioners. Among the highlights are Stephen King's "The Old Dude's Ticker," a retelling of Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart" as the rant of a homicidal Vietnam vet, and Peter Straub's "Response from a Surprised but Pleased Recipient," which takes the form of creepy answers to a marketing survey. Essays and illustrations by numerous horror and dark fantasy notables round out the volume. Though mostly not convention-themed, these works easily showcase the impressive array of talents that have helped make Necon an annual highlight for horror's pros and semipros. (Aug.)

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Library Journal
NECON (North Eastern Regional Fantasy Conference, for the uninitiated) is a writer's conference held each year in Rhode Island. Allowing 200 campers each year, it has stayed tight knit and manages to boast some of the brightest horror writers of our time. This anthology is divided into four sections that detail what NECON is, its first 20 years, newer authors, and British authors; all of the stories and illustrations previously appeared in other NECON literature. After the first few tales, you'll wish you were part of the group! Included in the first section are accounts of the debauchery, card games, softball, and drinking enjoyed by the campers and introductions organizers and core attendees. VERDICT Contributions (stories, essays, poems, and illustrations) by such noted horror masters as Peter Straub, Steven King, and Neil Gaiman are the major draw for the casual horror reader, but standout entries from P.D. Cacek, Brian Keene, and Douglas Clegg will keep them wanting more. However, because the essays are written from an insider's viewpoint, readers may feel that they've missed all the fun. Essential for genre fanatics and those who know what NECON is.—Amanda Scott, Cambridge Springs P.L., PA

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