Barry's Reviews > 999: Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense

999 by Al Sarrantonio
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Jan 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: to-be-continued
Read from January 01, 1999 to February 29, 2012 , read count: .5

To be fair, I haven't read the entire book; but, those few stories that I HAVE read over the years were enough for me to say that this is a good, if slightly uneven, anthology. Joyce Carol Oates' "The Ruins of Contracoeur" is a beautiful, disturbing, and über-mysterious piece, and Dennis L. McKiernan's "Darkness" is the kind of story that will leave you giggling...nervously. Naturally, Stephen King's story was fun and eerie, and F. Paul Wilson's "Good Friday" was a superb example of gritty, nasty, and very, VERY unromantic vampires. Bentley Little's "The Theater," didn't make a whole lot of sense, and Al Sarrantonio's "The Ropy Thing" basically left me scratching my head afterwards. But all in all, this is a worthy investment for either author completists or newcomers alike.

...on second thought, let me emphasize: "The Ruins of Contracoeur," "Darkness," "Good Friday," and "The Road Virus Heads North" = solid gold.
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Sydney Did you not read Nancy A Collins' "Catfish Gal Blues"?!

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