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Tales by Moonlight (Tor)
Short horror stories, mostly by writers who aren't well known. But most are very professionally done.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Tom Doherty Associates, NY
(first published 1983)
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Well, I wrote "An Egg for Ava" while living alone in a cheap sleeping room in Annapolis in 1976. Trying to make it. This was the only SS I managed to sell. $100. That was a fortune to me back then! The book came out in hardback, then a mass paperback. Has anyone read it? It was so long ago. Did anyone like it?
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This anthology contains 20 stories of light horror/fantasy and for me it was very uneven. At least a third were clunkers. Some were badly written while others just didn't go anywhere. Some of the best tales were the fantasy pieces. "A Wine of Heart's Desire" by Ron Nance was a treat, mixing adventure and humor in a well-told story. Phyllis Ann Karr has two stories here in a world she created and both were well written and imaginative. In the horror genre I liked Janet Fox's "Witches", Steve Rasn ...more
A great collection of stories, each being relatively short, which worked really well for me, since I never had to close the book half way into the story. Some of the stories were odd and didn't do it for me, but there were plenty of good ones to make up for it. Because of the cover, title and Stephen King's introduction, I was under the impression that this was going to be a horror collection, but there are also many fantasy stories.
I struggled between giving this a three or a four. Most of the stories are by relatively unknown writers, especially at the time this collection was put together. And there aren't many really standout stories. But overall the collection has lingered in my mind and there was just a lot of good atmospheric horror here. I don't think there are many 'great' stories, but there are no clunkers. And it shows that there is a huge amount of talent in the writing world that generally goes unrecognized.