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Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex & Death

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  267 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Ramsey Campbell has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Publishers Weekly calls Campbell "a horror writer's horror writer," adding, "His control of mood and atmosphere is unsurpassed." The Cleveland Plain Dealer says his horror fiction is "of consistently high quality," and The Washing
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Hardcover, 173 pages
Published July 1987 by Scream/Press (first published 1987)
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Tarl
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic
Sex and horror are two very intimate and individual things. Campbell has brought forth a number of stories in this anthology that manage to somehow both arouse and terrify. Looking back at it, even though I finished it just last night, I am having a hard time with where I sit with this book. It's not a matter if it was good or not, or if it succeeded in what it was supposed to do, for on both those things it succeeded extremely well.

'Scared Stiff' contains a wide enough variety of stories acros
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Chris
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get freaked out and wake up your pants at the same time; or just freak out your pants.
David Larsson
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As with all collections of short stories, there are some stories that are better than others. Unfortunately, in the case with "Scared Stiff", the majority of the stories are kinda dull and uninspiring, which drags the book down as a whole. Sure, there are some moments in this collection that is worth reading, the stories "Dolls", "The Other Woman" and "Merry May" are all fine horror stories with an apparent sexual tone.
And Campbell sure knows his sexual stuff. He's good at writing the sex scenes
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Sarah
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely terrible and I couldn't finish it. Ramsey Campbell's Scared Stiff is a compilation of short stories he wrote that combine elements of horror and sex.

The book is prefaced by an introduction by Clive Barker, which will give the impression that great reading is ahead. The writer's grammar style is archaic and doesn't flow, making it hard to follow.

The first story entitled "Dolls" is about a coven of witches that engage in ritualistic orgies, and are inadvertently involved
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Aaron Meyer
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not the best book of his out there. Most of these stories have been published elsewhere and have been brought together here for the sexual / horror theme. The introduction by Clive Barker left much to be desired it simply did nothing for me at all. The only stories in the book which i thought were worthwhile were "Dolls" and "Merry May". The last story being especially twisted in its ending. The afterword by Ramsey Campbell gives you a look into why he wrote what he did and the influences and at ...more
Prattle On, Boyo
If you bought this book expecting a lot of sexual action, then you'll be sorely disappointed. Eroticism is *not* hot sex. Try your local adult bookstore, instead. That said, *real* Ramsey Campbell and/or *real* fans of the horror genre will appreciate this collection. To be fair, the first three titles aren't all that. They are, in fact, rather dull. However, the shudders and shivers pick up in "The Seductress" and increase from there. Hot sex seekers should look elsewhere for their carnal fixat ...more
Paige Weis
I read this book because one of my friends at work recommended it, stating that he thought it was like American Horror Story.
I can kind of see that, but mostly I felt the stories were practically the same, with just a little bit changed here or there. I think the first one, Dolls, was my favorite.
Marvin
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autographed, horror
For a collection of erotic horror stories, these tales are surprisingly dull and non-erotic. These are not his best works and despite the catchy title, I would recommended the reader to go elsewhere for their dose of Campbell.
Peter
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A very disturbing collection of longer short stories you'll find in here! Elaborately written, interesting details, more mystery than horror. Not 100% my style but worth a look in any case!
Alessandro Balestra
Nonostante abbia letto diverse opere di Ramsey Campbell continuo ancora a non comprendere l'entusiasmo che ruota attorno a questo autore "horror" che di horror non ha proprio nulla. Molti lo osannano io invece lo trovo sopravvalutato e con una scrittura piatta e senza pathos. L'argomento "sesso" di questa antologia dovrebbe rendere i racconti più accattivanti invece sono noiosi, lenti e alcuni sono pure un poco insulsi. Insomma con me Campbell ha chiuso.
John W
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Excellent collection of erotic horror stories by Ramsey Campbell. Includes:

Dolls
The Other Woman
Lilith's
The Seductress (this was later adapted for the television series "The Hunger")
Stages
Loveman's Comeback
Merry May
The Limits of Fantasy
The Body In The Window
Kill Me Hideously (What is it about horror writers always writing about their crazy fans)
William
This book was terrible. The stories didn't flow, didn't make sense, weren't scary nor erotic. I read about 80% and couldn't take it anymore.
Jake
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sex got in the way of dread & horror.
Lynda Rucker
A reread for a project I'm currently working on.
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