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The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels
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May 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, horror, e-books
Read from July 06 to 08, 2011

"As he struggled to recall which of the textbooks contained the reference, Barron caught sight of something the size of a large cat moving amidst the undergrowth of weeds between the two tombs. The thing was curiously shapeless, and a mottled grey colour. Perhaps it was just Barron's fever playing tricks, but he could have sworn the thing had been crawling with more than four limbs." --"Xapalpa."

I've been wanting to read more of this guy for some time now. For some reason his White Hands collection is not available in the U.S. Anyway, I was thrilled to find this out as an e-book.

*Update. Probably more like 3 1/2 stars. I may write a more extensive review later, but basically I often felt that parts of stories were usually greater than the whole (see above). I think Samuels is an outstanding talent, but many of these stories felt rushed or they ended too abruptly. On the other hand, I was never bored. As a reading experience, I zipped through this collection. If you like the old classics in Weird Lit., he's someone you should read.
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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen I think I saw that thing in the bushes just outside the Main Interior building as I was leaving tonight.


Steve Karen wrote: "I think I saw that thing in the bushes just outside the Main Interior building as I was leaving tonight."

Ha! I know what that thing is. Saw one last week from the van window -- at 3:20 in the afternoon!


Simon I take it that you don't think this collection is as string as the "White Hands" collection? Still worth reading though?


Steve Simon wrote: "I take it that you don't think this collection is as string as the "White Hands" collection? Still worth reading though?"

Oh, I think it's definitely worth reading. I just don't recall any stories as strong as those (that I've read) from White Hands. I haven't read White Hands, but have read several stories in anthologies. At the time I read it, White Hands wasn't available in the U.S. I see now that it's available on Kindle. I'm going to get it.


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