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Fear in a Handful of Dust: Horror as a Way of Life

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fear in a Handful of Dust both is and isn't a book of film and fiction writing commentaries; yes, you'll find several reviews and (hopefully intelligent) analyses in here, but a format like that can quickly grow wearisome and repetitive . . . so I've decided to take it a couple of steps . . . well, let's say sideways: one's reaction to horror movies and literature is a hig ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published April 2004)
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Randolph Carter
A five star book that only gets four stars, but more about that later.

Braunbeck tries to do Harlan Ellison and almost gets there, but not quite. I totally disagree with his film criticism so that section of the book was somewhat tedious for me, but I respect his opinion, he's a better writer than I'll ever be. His take on horror fiction pretty much aligns with mine, although I would disagree with some of his literary criticism. He sneaks a couple of short stories in which is nice.

It is also a gr
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Greg Fisher
Jul 05, 2007 Greg Fisher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, non-fiction
As Publisher's Weekly wrote this book "gathers a good chunk of the Bram Stoker nominee's provocative writings on film and fiction, most of which appeared in Eldritch Tales, The Scream Factory and other small-press venues." What it didn't mention is that this is not a mere collection of reviews. It has those reviews but sprinkled in the context of the author's life -- which informed them -- and his look at the horror genre in general. Like King's On Writing which came later, it is not one thing b ...more
Craig
Sep 04, 2007 Craig rated it it was amazing
This is a non-fiction examination of horror story-telling, as the title implies, and also serves as a deeply personal autobiography of some of the pivotal events in the life of the author. It's a wonderful book despite some copy-editing problems, and I can only wish that it were longer. It's well organized and as captivating as his fiction. I can't always agree with all of his opinions, but he argues them well and passionately.
Ned
Sep 16, 2008 Ned rated it it was amazing
This book is nothing short of amazing. Braunbeck provides a deeply personal insight into his own life and how it is reflected in his writings. The title says it all. Read and know...
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Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award in 2003 fo
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