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Red Dreams

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Thirteen stories deal with a ruthless writer, secret amphibians, a murder, a pseudo-scientific religion, mistaken identity, and reluctant killer.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Berkley (first published 1984)
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Shirley Moore
Jun 10, 2014 Shirley Moore rated it it was amazing
Mr. Etchison, whose work I have only recently had the pleasure of perusing, takes the reader down, down, down the rabbit hole to a whole new level of psychological discomfort, torment and pain, in these stories of pitiful, depressed and lost souls in the sea of humanity. Though I would not necessarily recommend this as the first book a novice purveyor of his works should read, I will say that it appears to be the most personally revealing of the author’s philosophical bent that I have thus far r ...more
Isidore
Aug 07, 2013 Isidore rated it liked it
I seem to have a Dennis Etchison blind spot. Given the wild enthusiasm with which his work is greeted by intelligent writers and critics, my own tepid response puzzles me. The plots are rather weak, the prose opaque and mannered, the ideas thin. . . Well, pay no attention to me, everyone else must be be right.

That said, I did enjoy several of the stories in this collection. "The Graveyard Blues" is genuinely strange and eerie, while "Drop City" and "Not From Around Here" are pleasingly clever. E
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Marc Iverson
Feb 28, 2012 Marc Iverson rated it really liked it
Wildly uneven, but it has one of my top few horror stories in it -- On the Pike.

Even the stories that miss generally have an eerie creepiness to them.
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Jan 20, 2010 Morgue Anne rated it liked it
Book 9/150
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aka Jack Martin.

Dennis Etchison's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1961, and in his collections The Dark Country, Red Dreams, The Blood Kiss and The Death Artist. He is also an editor (Cutting Edge, MetaHorror, Masters of Darkness, The Museum of Horrors), novelist (Darkside, California Gothic, Double Edge), screenwriter and the winner of five British Fantasy
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