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Irrational Fears

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The stories we tell are not limited to monsters and harsh otherworlds. Yet the fiction books in the Borealis imprint certainly belong to a world other than our own. This line encompasses our science fiction, fantasy and horror novels and anthologies.
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by White Wolf Publishing (first published 1998)
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Graham P
Apr 12, 2012 Graham P rated it liked it
Alcoholics Anonymous meets Lovecraft seems like a bold combination, and while Browning creates some interesting scenes that mix the two elements in an absurdly humorous fashion, this novel somewhat fails as a complete novel. First, the scenes of the dreadful day-to-day of the reformed boozer play so well and earnest, and there's a rare, strange poignancy to many of those scenes - how a misanthrope copes with AA and all its pain and suffering, and general 'woe is me' clap trap (some of the ...more
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Sep 17, 2011 Rob rated it it was amazing
Since nobody else will, I have to talk about William Browning Spencer. This guy is so good. I found this book, Irrational Fears, at my local library. At the time I was drinking quite a lot, so imagine my surprise to find somebody who was writing my internal dialogue, alcoholism and an intense fascination with H.P. Lovecraft. This book, Irrational Fears, was an exploration of both of those aspects with wit and verve I could only hope to assimilate.

This guy was writing my brain, "killing me with h
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Orrin Grey
Jun 23, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
What is there to say? It's William Browning Spencer, who is pretty much universally great. A deft mixture of humor and pathos and occasional horror, with some really striking imagery, especially in the central "horror" of Ezra Coldwell's memories.

One of the things that makes me love Spencer so much is the amount of humanity he seems to treat his characters with, and that's seldom more apparent than in this book.
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Mar 10, 2014 R Heath Foxlee rated it really liked it
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AA v Lovecraft! Laugh out loud funny. I read this on a camping and razor clamming trip. I must have read half of it out loud for the benefit of my travel buddy.
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William Browning Spencer is an award-winning American novelist and short story writer living in Austin, Texas. His science fiction and horror stories are often darkly and surreally humorous. His novel Resume With Monsters conflates soul-destroying H. P. Lovecraftian horrors with soul-destroying lousy jobs.
His story "The Death of the Novel" was a 1995 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Short Story.
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