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Reassuring Tales

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Meticulously crafted and highly memorable, T.E.D. Klein's work represents some of the best the horror and science fiction genres have to offer. From the classic novellas “Black Man With A Horn”, “Nadelman's God”, “Children of the Kingdom” and “Petey” to the critically acclaimed novel The Ceremonies, Klein's fiction is remarkable, much-vaunted, but sadly, not abundant.

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Hardcover, signed limited to 600 numbered copies, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Subterranean Press (first published 2006)
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Orrin Grey
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Do I give this two stars or three? I'm waffling, so I'll err on the side of three, but it's close. I was really expecting to like this more. I've read a couple of Klein's more famous stories and been really impressed, but this... not so much. Not that there's anything really wrong with the stories here, but they're mostly of what I've come to think of as the Twilight Zone school of storytelling, which doesn't do much for me most of the time. There are a few good bits here, I like the title and c ...more
Frances
I come to T.E.D. Klein by way of "The Events at Poroth Farm" (and have bought an entire book on the strength of that story alone) and Dark Gods, so I was honestly a little surprised by most of the stories in here; the overall impression is that they're lighter, more simply constructed. There are exceptions ("Growing Things" is close to what I'd expect, though I wish it was a little longer, and "Ladder" is oddly cold for its setup), and the sweetly fannish nostalgia/magic shop[1] setup of "They D ...more
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Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
✭✭✭

“Camera Shy” (1988) ✭✭✭
“Growing Things” (1999) ✭✭✭
“Curtains for Nat Crumley” (1996) ✭✭✭
“Magic Carpet” (1976) ✭✭
“One Size Eats All” (1993) ✭✭✭
“Ladder” (1990) ✭✭✭
“Well-Connected” (1987) ✭✭✭✭
“S.F.” (1975) ✭
“They Don’t Write ’Em Like This Anymore” (1989) ✭✭
“The Events at Poroth Farm” (1972) ✭✭✭✭✭
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Shelves: horror, short-stories
In his introduction, Klein takes pains to point out the flaws in each of the stories collected here, and for the most part, I’d have to agree — they’re well-written but slight tales. You can guess the ending of, say, “Camera Shy” — in which the mother and father of a recently-married daughter get the wedding photos in the mail, only to find the groom, currently honeymooning in his homeland of Hungary, hasn’t come out in any of them — pretty much as soon as it starts, but what makes them readable ...more
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