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The Height of the Scream

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Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror, terror, suspense, dark fantasy, and supernatural fiction. He has won 4 World Fantasy Awards, 10 British Fantasy Awards, 3 Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been named a Grand Master of Horror. He's been called 'The master of a skewed and exqui ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 28th 2004 by Babbage Press (first published 1976)
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Graham
Dec 23, 2009 Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, anthology
A creepy collection of horror stories from an author in his prime. Ramsey Campbell is regarded by many as Britain’s answer to Stephen King, and this is one of his most intriguing, if not totally successful, collections.

It kicks off with THE SCAR, a truly nasty effort about a sinister doppelganger. The author leaves no stone unturned in his quest to disgust and frighten the reader. Relentlessly horrible, this. Then we move onto THE WHINING, in which a man befriends a stray dog. It’s Campbell expl
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Ross Lockhart
Feb 13, 2009 Ross Lockhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recently reminded that Poppy Z. Brite dedicated her collection Are You Loathsome Tonight, “To Ramsey Campbell, Master of the Form.” This early collection of shorter works, assembled in 1976 by Arkham House, provides ample evidence of that mastery. The Height of the Scream exemplifies “quiet horror,” that fear based in an unmistakably building, paralyzing dread, inevitably arriving at that point where every shadow, every speck of ash contains a malevolence darker than the darkest imaginatio ...more
Murray Ewing
Ramsey Campbell’s third collection, with stories ranging from 1965’s “The Cellars” to 1974’s “In the Shadows”.

My favourites:

“The Words that Count” was one of the first Ramsey Campbell stories I read. It’s “written by” a young woman who’s just starting to feel the conflict between obeying her repressively religious father and her feelings for her boyfriend. A strange booklet is posted through the letterbox, with a single word on each page. She finds the pages individually beautiful, but her fathe
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Mandy
Jan 09, 2012 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be the best of Ramsey's collections that I've read so far. If you're a Campbell connoisseur, you'll be familiar with his characters' strangely stilted and foreshadowing dialogue style, and may even welcome the fact that when he wrote these stories he hadn't discovered that particular literary trope just yet. Oh, I know it's important in his later novels, but it does become wearing when all his characters answer the simplest query with a leading question. But hey ho...

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Jeannie Sloan
May 30, 2010 Jeannie Sloan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I rounded up for stars.This book is about 3 1/2 stars.It is pretty dated but that can be fun to be able to look back on what the culture was like in the 1970's.It even has a photo of the author and his wife on the back both with long hair.
I enjoyed hearing about 'bean bag' chairs and MJ 'Joints'.I was born in 1965 so I missed most of the 70's and don't remember it much.But I do remember bell bottom jeans and tall boots.
Anyways,the stories are pretty good.Many have been anthologized so there are
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Nancy Townsend
May 29, 2017 Nancy Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
So many good, creepy, atmospheric short stories. I think my favourite is 'The Words That Count' - it's so clever.
James
Sep 26, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the six Campbell short story collections I've read, I think this one could be the weakest of the bunch. Not as groundbreaking as "Demons by Daylight," as polished as "Dark Companions," as pervy as "Scared Stiff" (and lacking the youthful exuberance of "The Inhabitant of the Lake" and "Cold Print"), even Campbell has noted that perhaps the book was too experimental and "less sure of itself." The experimental stories here are actually some of the more interesting ones... the problem is that of ...more
Mygale
Jun 22, 2014 Mygale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm passed half of the book and still, I find it boring to read. There's something that I just don't like even though I had read other Campbell's stories in the past. But this book so far is just not my cup of tea. These are short stories but too many times there are things that appears in phrases just 'out of the blue' and you have to understand were it comes from... It it comes from somewhere! Like if describing bits and parts of a dream that aren't matching up together. As if the texts had be ...more
Wesly
Mar 23, 2012 Wesly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting collection of earlier short stories by Ramsey Campbell, and well worth reading if you're a fan of his novels. Some of the stories rely on a literary convention that I might describe as "ending with unfinished business". You may or may not be satisfied by these; they left me with a distinct feeling of unease, but without a sense of (arguably conventional) dramatic conclusion. Especially effective is the second-person narrative "Jack's Little Friend", in which you (the protagonist) dis ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Oct 04, 2010 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Early collection by Campbell. I believe this collection came out just prior to his novel The Doll Who Ate His Mother. I've been a long-time fan of Campbell's work. Campbell might by an acquired taste and the stories a bit out of date next to the current stuff out there now. There can be jarring shifts of POV and odd passages that call for a second read, but there is rarely a story not worth the effort. This is old-fashioned horror that pairs nicely with October evenings.
Debra
Nov 27, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended author and book as noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Paul Spencer
Feb 14, 2013 Paul Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this collection 30 years ago and just thinking about it has set my teeth to chattering.
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Ramsey Campbell is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today," while S. T. Joshi has said that "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."
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