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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Contents: Schiff, S. D. Introduction.--Wagner, K. E. Sticks.--Drake, D. The barrow troll.--Leiber, F. The glove.--Bloch, R. The closer of the way.--Nolan, W. Dark winner.--Cave, H. B. Ladies in waiting.--Etchison, D. White moon rising.--Matheson, R. C. Graduation.--Russell, R. Mirror, mirror.--Lumley, B. The House of Cthulhu.--Crowley, J. Antiquities.--Saliss, J. and Lunde ...more
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Published February 1979 (first published 1977)
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Randolph Carter
Whispers was a great magazine back in the 1970s. It seemed to have a somewhat erratic publishing schedule but it was an outlet for some really good writers and artists that really were having a hard time finding outlets for their stories back then. Outstanding first collection of the best from the magazine. Not a stinker in the lot. Even the Lumley is not half bad. There are some pretty obscure authors here and some hard to find stuff but also a lot of top names as well. I had never read the Aic ...more
Jeffrey Hart
Like many anthologies there are good stories and bad stories. Karl Edward Wagner's "Sticks" is a classic and in my opinion the best story in this or any anthology. Wellman, Leiber, and Cave are in top form as well. Those three names in one volume is worth whatever you pay for the book. I can't honestly say I've read this book completely. I've been disappointed enough times by Ramsey Campbell to avoid his stories whenever I see them. I am just not a fan of his prose and his name tends to pop up i ...more
It's been a while since I read a collection of horror tales, and this was a nice sampling. Standouts, for me, were David Campton's "Goat," and Fritch's "The Pawnshop" and Wagner's "Sticks." Each of them seemed the most compelling, realistic, and horrific in their own way. Robin Smyth's "...Catsmeat Man" was also quite intriquing. Seemed like it could have been the impetus for "Sweeny Todd" but I suppose the idea of a butcher cutting up people has been around for a long time.

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I have the cover with the wizard looking fellow on it, which isn't really appropriate. I think of this mostly as a horror collection, although there are also some fantasy type stories, but only those with horror elements. A very good collection. I remember lots of stories from this one.
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