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Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi

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Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi is a collection of 13 short stories by master of horror Brian Lumley.
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is one of those few collects that has eluded me for some time. You see Brian Lumley has been writing all sorts of dark fiction and horror for some time but not only that they vary greatly in length too. Take some of the Vampire world books which at the time where heavy tombs indeed (though these days seem somewhat lightweight) all the way down to short stories.

Now as you can imagine with such variety and quantity there is plenty of space for anthologies and trust me there are more than
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, horror, cthulhu
Brian Lumley is best known today for his hugely successful NECROSCOPE novels that dominated the vampire genre back in the 1990s. Before then, he was better known as a writer of Lovecraftian fiction whose short stories on the matter would often adorn many an anthology or magazine. FRUITING BODIES AND OTHER FUNGI was the first collection of this writer’s short stories.

It’s a tremendous effort that puts across just how entertaining this author’s writing is. Lumley is a wordsmith at heart: he makes
Zantaeus Glom
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The estimable talent of Brian Lumley is really put to agile use in the deliciously macabre collection 'Fruiting Bodies'; a marvelous miasma of weirdling tales that proves him to be the master of his craft. He is, quite rightly lauded for his magnificent 'Necroscope' opus, but, for me, Lumley's true creative genius is that he is able to readily invoke a tremendous sense of monstrous doom in such a seemingly effortlessly succinct form. The fact that he has a unique voice in a genre swollen with re ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of some of Lumley's lesser anthologized tales. Most but not all are Lovecraftian in tone but ALL of them are worth reading. Lumley has to be one of my favorite of modern authors as he is well able to give you the frisson of fear rather than the splatter that seems to be so popular these days and he addresses the difference in syles quite well in his introduction. He's a wonderful stylist, and he writes genuine and believeable characters.

This collection includes:
Fruiting Bodies
Aaron Meyer
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A real nice bunch of short stories. The majority of them were good with only one of them kind of bombing (No Way Home). The best were definitely, The Viaduct, The Cyprus Shell, and Born of the Winds. Good old fashion horror without tons of blood and gore, definitely a keeper.
Nick Wallace
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would have been much happier had Lumley moved away from the Necroscope series and back into his short stories.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
When Lumley is being himself, he's really good; as a Lovecraft disciple, he about as bad as anyone else in that literary kiddie pool. A few of the stories were really excellent, while others were almost slavish imitations of Lovecraft, minus the best and worst aspects of Lovecraft's writing.

"Recognition" was competent but boring. "The mirror of Nictoris" as good as one of HPL's minor stories, which is faint praise. "Born of the winds" was nominated for a prize but I thought it was a very deriva
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Despite the heavy metal cover that would do Metalocalypse proud, these are not Clive Barker (Barkerpunk) truly-scary ach-scheisse stories, more softlight horror shorts in the vein of, say, Neil Gaiman.

Sidenote: It's always fun to find old checkout slips in library books - to see the habits of other readers who've read what you're reading. In this case, a previous checker-outer also checked out some Garfields (Garfield Swallows His Pride and Garfield Makes it Big) and Dilberts (Casual Day Has Gon
Philip Chaston
An early set of stories that show some promise when travelling away from the faux Lovecraftian style of August Derleth. Yet, is it only the crumbling backdrop of the 70s where cretins and idiots, terms freely used, could still act as vehicles of horror. Lumley's writing is influenced by the eugenic concerns of the 30s and echoes that earlier era
Gian Quintero
Si bien el libro no es malo esperaba algo que me asustara y este no logro, aunque admito que hay por lo menos dos o tres relatos que lograron hacerme sentir un poco de miedo.

Algo que me pareció muy acertado es la introducción que dan Brian Lumley al libro y también a las breves introducciones a cada uno de los relatos
James Pratt
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually like Lumley's short stories better than his novels. I'm not particularly fond of his take on the Cthulhu mythos, but I would still consider him as one of my favorite modern writers in the horror genre.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection! If you love short stories, and want a great overview of Lumley's work, this is the best way to get it. Lumley is a great writer and Fruiting Bodies really showcases his talent. Highly recommended.
--Fruiting Bodies
--The Man Who Photographed Beardsley
--The Man Who Felt Pain
--The Viaduct
--No Way Home
--The Pit-Yakker
--The Mirrors of Nitocris
--The Thin People
--The Cyprus Shell
--The Deep-Sea Conch
--Born of the Wind
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a shame there's no image for this book cover, it was really cool. I don't think I've ever seen a Brian Lumley book without a skull on the cover. Anyway, this book is just full of cool short stories, not really gory like his Necroscope books, but really creative, fun, unsettling stuff.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The book contained a variety of short stories. Great for the thrill effect. I love horror and enjoyed the book.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing details!
Coeruleo Luna
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good assortment of macabre tales. not all are lovecraftian, but all are horrible, in the right way. bloodier and nastier than the stories in other lumley collections.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A great collection of short stories. Easy to read, hard to put down. If you enjoy reading Lovecraft then you will enjoy these tales too.
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Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copie ...more
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