Not your typical horror stories. A lot of the stories in this book are really more fantasy than horror, and really none of them are super scary. StillNot your typical horror stories. A lot of the stories in this book are really more fantasy than horror, and really none of them are super scary. Still, it is a good collection. Some of the stories were pure rubbish, but the great ones were fantastic and make the collection worthwhile. ...more
Can't remember when I actually last used this book. However, I was a huge fan of Rice's vampire chronicles (before she took them too far & messedCan't remember when I actually last used this book. However, I was a huge fan of Rice's vampire chronicles (before she took them too far & messed them all up!) so, at one point in my life I felt it was neccessary to own this book because it somehow completed the series for me. Again, I very rarely use it or read it, but still feel compelled to hang on to it.
Our first mention of the Nightside is (in my paperback edition) on page's 10 and 11 where we learn that, "The Nightside is the secret, hidden, dark heOur first mention of the Nightside is (in my paperback edition) on page's 10 and 11 where we learn that, "The Nightside is the secret, hidden, dark heart of the city. London's evil twin. It's where the really wild things are."
From that point on, Green continues to write the phrase the Nightside on nearly every single page, often accompanied by a lengthy description of the horrors one will find in the Nightside. For example,
p.12 I considered the matter. How much, to go back into the Nightside?
p.13 ...compared to what was waiting for me back in the Nightside, her anger, and implied threats were nothing.
p.14 You know the Nightside.
p.15 Let me tell you about the Nightside... The Nightside is a square mile of city streets and back alleys in the centre of the city, linking slums and tenements that were old when the last century was new... In practice, the Nightside is much bigger than that...there are those who say the Nightside is actually bigger than the city that surrounds it... It's always night in the Nightside... You can buy or sell anything in the Nightside...
p.16 You can find anything in the Nightside, if it doesn't find you first.
p.19 My name is John Taylor. Everyone in the Nightside knows that name... so there I was, going back again, back to the Nightside...
p.20 I left the Nightside five years ago, fleeing imminent death and the betrayal of friends, and swore through blood-flecked lips that I'd never go back, no matter what.
p.21 I used to be a dangerous man, even for the Nightside...
p.22 My closest female friend is a bounty hunter, who operates exclusively in the Nightside... I'm more than just another private detective, in the Nightside... All routes lead to the Nightside.
p.27 Anyone can walk down the wrong street, open the wrong door, and end up in the Nightside. Most of them don't last long, though. London and the Nightside have rubbed up against each other for so long now that the barriers are getting dangerously thin. Someday they'll all come crashing down, and all the poison in the Nightside will come spilling out...
p.28 There are more worlds than we know, or would wish to know, and most of them send people through the Nightside sooner or later.
p.30 Something new has come into the Nightside
p.31 We have to travel through strange, harsh, places to reach the Nightside. Dangerous and unnatural places, that would blast the sight from your eyes and the reason from your mind.
p.34 There are a great many mysteries in the Nightside, and much against my will, I'm one of them
p.36 The only thing that moves faster than the speed of light is gossip in the Nightside.
p.37 Many of the sleek and gleaming vehicles darting through the Nightside had to be new to Joanna...Taxis that ran on debased holy water, limousines that ran on fresh blood, ambulances that ran on distilled suffering. You can turn a profit from anything, in the Nightside.
p.38 I've never been sure whether the moon really is bigger in the Nightside, or whether it's just closer... There were wonders and marvels to be found in the Nightside, sights and glories to be savoured and clutched to your heart forever... the Nightside is really just like...the city streets we walk in dreams and nightmares.
p.39 'Welcome to the Nightside,' I said, smiling. 'Abandon all taste, ye who enter here.'.. She gave me a hard look. 'I can never tell when you're joking.' 'Neither can I sometimes, in the Nightside. It's that kind of place. Life, death, and reality are all flexible concepts here.'
ENOUGH! I made it through 78 pages before giving up. Even if Simon Green didn't tell, rather than show... and even if his characters were well written... and even if this story is perhaps much spookier in his head than it is in the actual writing of it.... I am freaking sick to death of reading the phrase, THE NIGHTSIDE ~ let alone the multiple descriptions of it on every single page. Normally I am not an advocate of violence, but something really needs to be done about the person who let this book be published in its current state.
Even though the protagonist was frequently referred to by his full name, John Taylor ~ and even though that name (as always) brings me blissful images of my favorite sexy bass player ~ that still wasn't enough to rescue this horrid book. Ugh. Let me go listen to some Duran Duran, remember the good John Taylor and get this back to the library ASAP. ...more
"The Suprising Story of Real Life Vampires in the 20the Century" Meh. I remember this being slightly on the kooky side back when I first read it somet"The Suprising Story of Real Life Vampires in the 20the Century" Meh. I remember this being slightly on the kooky side back when I first read it sometime in the 1990's. Haven't found the motivation to read it a second time, so I am getting rid of it during the Great Home Library Purge of 2010....more
I was quite fortunate to win this copy of JournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words through Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway =) Really, incredibly lucky, becauseI was quite fortunate to win this copy of JournalStone’s 2010 Warped Words through Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway =) Really, incredibly lucky, because I don’ t know if this is something I would have come across at my local library or bookstore.
According to the back cover, ”The included fourteen stories are the winners of JournalStones’s first short story contest, and for some, this is their first published piece.” It is evident that the selections included in this collection are not written by polished, experienced authors. So, as far as quality of writing, the stories aren’t excellent. They aren’t bad, but they do have a raw feel to them, if that makes more sense. Even so, the stories are still good ~ very disturbing, eerie, different ideas. Does anyone remember Tales From the Crypt? JournalStone’s collection reminded me of that delightfully creepy and campy show. Not to imply that all of the additions to this collection are campy, in fact, very few are. But the quality of writing combined with the supernatural elements made me think of all of the great horror shows that used to be on tv. Some of the most memorable from this collection are:
Death By Darkness by Jasmine June Which explores the fine line between a person with mental health issues and a person who is truly experiencing the supernatural.
Inevitable Death by Christopher C. Payne, the President of JournalStone. While reading this, I had an idea of what may be going on and knew it was either going to be really macabre or incredibly cheesy and groan inducing. Hmmm… I’ll let you read for yourselves to discover the answer. Either way, the story will stick with you ~ for one reason or another =)
The Road of Things to Come by Benson Phillip Lott is another story which makes the reader wonder if the subject is mental illness or the supernatural. I liked this story… but I also wanted it to be more. Sometimes ambiguity works with a good tale, sometimes it works against it. In this case, I’m still undecided. Regardless, it did stay with me for a long time after finishing.
Hips by William Todd Rose is hands down one of the best, most powerful zombie stories I’ve read in a long time. I can’t praise this one enough! The collection is definitely worth it for this story alone, IMO.
Of course, there are ten other great stories, but the ones above are my favorite. And, really ~ four excellent stories from a collection of fourteen unknown authors isn’t bad. I definitely recommend this collection for anyone looking for something different to read, but doesn’t have great literary expectations. I’ll shelve this under “horror” even though this isn’t truly chilling or gruesome. They are entertaining, so the collection deserves a solid four stars. ...more
The great thing about James Herbert is that you know that before the book is over he is gonna bust out some fucked up scenes. "Once" did not dissapoiThe great thing about James Herbert is that you know that before the book is over he is gonna bust out some fucked up scenes. "Once" did not dissapoint =)...more
Even though I seem to be stuck on an(admittedly lame) teen/vampire/romance kick lately, my first love is horror. Books, movies, whatever ~ the scarierEven though I seem to be stuck on an(admittedly lame) teen/vampire/romance kick lately, my first love is horror. Books, movies, whatever ~ the scarier the better. Unfortunately, after having been exposed to so much of it over the years, the majority of horror books simply aren't frightening enough. The Book of Lost Things, however is wonderfully scary and I regret that this book wasn't available to me as a kid. But even as an adult, it is easy to appreciate the full on creepiness of this novel. Love it! My husband always insists that there is something wrong with me beause I find so much joy in creepy, scary, depressing stories ~ oh well :) Regardless, this is a well written and totally captivating book and I am looking forward to getting to know John Connolly a little better. ...more
I was tempted to put this on my "children" shelves, but it deals with some topics that some parents may not want to explain to young children, and besI was tempted to put this on my "children" shelves, but it deals with some topics that some parents may not want to explain to young children, and besides it is sort of scary ~ not from my adult point of view. But I can see how some kids may be frightened. It's a good book for middle school kids ~ maybe younger, depending on the maturity level of the reader.
Anyhow, a great book and very creepy in parts. I regret that this book wasn't around 25 years ago! It is filled with a lot supernatural happenings, and did a great job of mixing "made up" magic with "real" spooky events. Reminded me of séances and other crazy stuff that I did as a kid :)...more
This is clearly a children's book, and I bought it at a state park camp store ~ so it should go without saying that my expectations were low. UnfortuaThis is clearly a children's book, and I bought it at a state park camp store ~ so it should go without saying that my expectations were low. Unfortuantely, I was still dissapointed.
The stories are interesting, but the story telling sucks. Which is ironic, because S.E.Schlosser (according to her forward) considers herself a master story teller. Perhaps she is ~ when she can act out scenes, add voices, etc. But her writing skills are horrible. Again ~ I didn't expect this collection to be great literature. But Schlosser definately "tells" rather than "shows." To be fair, though, this is a children's collection ~ so perhaps these stories are meant to be shared and acted out around a campfire where atmosphere, visual and audio effects can make up for the bad writing.
Another irritation is that so many of the stories end with the phrase, "and he/she never (fill in the blank with any random activity) again." Quite a few are actually morality stories with the protagonist giving up drinking/dancing/trouble making to become a good Christian and faithful church goer. Nothing wrong with that ~ but I expect some variety in a collection. Different stories should have different endings to them. There are other ways of saying a person changed his/her ways than the above example.
For now I am keeping this book in my collection... the "meat" of many of these stories are good ~ which is the only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1. But the telling of the stories is so bad that I won't buy another one of Schlosser's books.