Walk on the Wild Side: The Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner, Volume 2

Walk on the Wild Side: The Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner, Volume 2

by Karl Edward Wagner, J.K. Potter
     
 

The second volume of Karl Edward Wagner's horror fiction collects much of his shorter and painfully explicit later work, including such stories as "Little Lessons in Gardening," "Slug," "Prince of the Punks," "More Sinned Against" and other disturbing tales by an acknowledged master of the genre with an acidic and wry sense of humor.

Overview

The second volume of Karl Edward Wagner's horror fiction collects much of his shorter and painfully explicit later work, including such stories as "Little Lessons in Gardening," "Slug," "Prince of the Punks," "More Sinned Against" and other disturbing tales by an acknowledged master of the genre with an acidic and wry sense of humor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though not as uniformly powerful as the longer stories in the first volume (Where the Summer Ends) of this two-book retrospective, the 26 shorter tales gathered here often raise goose bumps. “More Sinned Against,” set in the sleazy side of Hollywood, is a well-wrought tale of supernatural vengeance. In “Into Whose Hands,” a doctor plays Satan rather than God. The surreal shifts of identity that plague the protagonist of “Cedar Lane” are explained perfectly through its weird O. Henry–style twist ending. “The Slug,” “Did They Get You to Trade?” and “I’ve Come to Talk with You Again” are among a handful of stories in which writers wrestle unsuccessfully with personal demons—a theme that resonates with David Drake’s concluding eulogy to Wagner (1945–1994), “The Truth Insofar as I Know It,” which reveals how closely Wagner’s tragic final years paralleled some of his fiction. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933618982
Publisher:
Centipede Press
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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