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The Twilight Zone Companion
4.34
The Twilight Zone was one of my gateway drugs into appreciation of the horror genre, and back when I was getting into it, I read this book dozens of t ...more
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Feb 08, 2012
 
Spawn of Satan
3.86
An unrelentingly grim set of stories. Best to read them one at a time--otherwise, you'll sometimes think "Gosh, that could have been WORSE" after fini ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Aug 05, 2012
 
Childmare
3.57
I'm a horrible person. Right now, Bleak House and the Brothers Karamazov are moldering on my shelves, while I use my precious little free time to read ...more
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Aug 04, 2012
 
The Best of Cemetery Dance (Vol. I & II Hardcover Omnibus)
4.15
Sadly, this book is nearly impossible to get--as is the case with so much great horror. But if you're lucky enough to have a library nearby, or to pic ...more
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Nov 29, 2011
 
Halloween Horrors: Spine-tingling Stories for the Scariest Night of the Year
3.42
Snagged this at the Strand for about half retail price, and so far I'm not sure if it'd have been worth paying twice as much. I haven't done more than ...more
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Sep 24, 2012
 
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge
3.31
Meh. I hoped that this collection would shake me up a bit, but really, nothing in it works all that well. Most of the stories are competent, but there ...more
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Feb 11, 2012
 
Shudders
4.22
Man,I read the bejeezus out of this book back in grade school. The first time through,it scared the crap out of me, but I loved it.
"Sweets for the Sw
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Aug 03, 2012
 
Midnight Pleasures
3.90
Meh. It's hard to see how this book got a Stoker nomination, and if it didn't have ol' Bob Bloch's name on the front, I doubt it would have.
Granted,
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Aug 12, 2012
 
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
3.83
I've just got the 1997 edition, which I flip through occasionally out of interest. I'm not holding the fact that it's out of date, at least in the are ...more
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Nov 01, 2012
 
The Roots of Nazi Psychology: Hitler's Utopian Barbarism
3.50
Gonen is an engaging and acute writer, and he does a good job of synthesizing the secondary literature on Nazism into something fairly accessible.

It's
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Feb 27, 2012
 
The Nightmare Chronicles
3.75
Rightful winner of a Stoker for Best Horror Collection, this book is great. A word of advice: Don't get distracted by the wraparound story. It's like ...more
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Nov 28, 2011
 
You Shall Never Know Security
3.83
Normally, I dislike the phrase "dark fiction;" it (and its sister phrase "dark fantasy") have always struck me as one of those pretentious phrases tha ...more
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Jan 15, 2012
 
Shudder Again: 22 Tales of Sex and Horror
3.65
I imagine that a lot of people picked this up imagining lots of heaving bosomed maidens and Barker-esque meditations about pain and pleasure and trans ...more
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Feb 14, 2012
 
Gathering the Bones
3.54
A truly superior horror anthology. I read this one about 10 years ago, but the overall feeling of unease and unpleasantness the stories evoked in me h ...more
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Jan 29, 2012
 
The 12th Pan Book Of Horror Stories
3.83
My first foray into the cult world of PBHS, and it's a mixed bag. The novella that opened the book is really very good stuff-pulpy and predictable, bu ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
999: Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense
3.88
I read this book shortly after it came out, and was blown away. Now that I'm getting back into the horror genre in a big way,I decided to pick it up a ...more
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Nov 28, 2011
 
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings
3.69
This anthology came out towards the tail end of the 90s YA horror boom, but it stands as maybe the best anthology of dark fiction for the tween and te ...more
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Aug 02, 2012
 
Ponies
3.75
The thing is, the allegory is actually pretty pungent, so I'll give it points there, but everything else is so freaking banal. Like the capitalization ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Crossed 3D Volume 1
2.72
You know how the original Dawn of the Dead got edited into the film Zombie in Europe? It was stripped down into an action-horror film, with a lot of t ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
 
Rats
3.48
I never knew Paul Zindel as the Pulitzer Prize winning young adult author. Nope, I knew him as the author of a handful of creature features which pack ...more
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Apr 29, 2012
 
Depraved
3.82
At Chapter 6 so far, and so far, so good. My only complaint would be that it's really, really similar to The Woods Are Dark so far (with things like t ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
 
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 7
3.86
Read this door-stopper years and years ago; the only ones I remember are Tirkiluk (very good, very atmospheric, could have been a teensy bit shorter h ...more
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Oct 08, 2013
 
The Cellar
3.69
On the one hand, it's Laymon, so it's pretty hard to not enjoy the story if you're okay with a bit of gore and a lot of graphic--well, everything. On ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Nov 28, 2011
 
Crossed, Vol. 2: Family Values
3.34
I'm a pretty big fan of the franchise in general, and I'm delighted that this sack of crap didn't kill it off. It's all of the series' worst impulses ...more
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Nov 04, 2012
 
Madman Stan and Other Stories
4.23
In these stories, Laymon is like a Lambourghini--he accelerates to a white-knuckle thrill-ride in the blink of an eye. Every story goes from expositio ...more
Nov 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
A Brief History of Neoliberalism
4.10
As a polemical history, it's pretty great: Lucid, persuasive, and with an excellent marshaling of data. My only problem is that Harvey's conclusion--n ...more
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Nov 29, 2011
 
The Truth About Dogs: The Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits and Moral Fibre of Canis familiaris
3.51
Probably the best book about these wonderful animals out there. It's taken a lot of criticism in some quarters for the decidedly unromantic, anti-anth ...more
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Jan 24, 2013
 
The Saddest Place on Earth: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia
4.24
Imagine Stephanie McMillan were commissioned to do a series of Fall Out Boy album covers.

Yeah, it's that bad.
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Oct 06, 2013
 
The Woods Are Dark
3.67
What made Laymon so remarkable was that, underneath all of the sex and violence, and sexual violence, and violent sex, &c, there's a man who knows ...more
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Nov 28, 2011
 
Crossed Volume 4: Badlands
3.60
Ennis' story is, frankly, far superior to the original Volume 1--the condensed nature makes it a much more intense read, the obligatory WAIT MAYBE WE' ...more
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Apr 08, 2014
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