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message 1: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 2 stars

Angie | 2535 comments Mod
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message 2: by Chris , The Hardcase (new) - rated it 4 stars

Chris  (haughtc) | 1095 comments Mod
I really enjoyed this. Creepy good stuff. (view spoiler)

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments "Crouch End" is one of the very best homages to Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos that I've ever encountered. The only writer who does Lovecraft better is Ramsey Campbell, and he's done books of stories in this style.

Alondra Miller This was a great, creepy read and is a go to read for halloween. :)

Amanda Lyons (amandamlyons) I like the story but kind of hated the Episode of the show. It didn't do it justice at all!

Grant Spendlove | 93 comments "The last fiction he'd read for pleasure...was a Victorian Era pastiche called "Two Gentlemen in Silk Knickers."

I just found out what "knickers" means in British English (call me out of touch). And I'd read that phrase quite a few times (and heard it read by Tim Curry), without attaching any significance to it. But it hit me not too long ago -- PC Farnham is apparently into gay pornography! So, does this mean Farnham is in the closet?

Bobby Bermea (beirutwedding) | 50 comments I read a lot of horror short stories and a lot of Stephen King horror. I'm not kidding when I say "Crouch End" is the scariest short story I've ever read. There are some close contenders. "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W.Jacobs, "The Whistling Room" by William Hope Hodgson, "Ringing the Changes" by Robert Aickman. But "Crouch End" ...whew! It's bizarre to me, because it's an homage to a writer, Lovecraft, who is very different from King and who I like, but who has never scared me the way King does. But man, the build of tension as the world gets weirder and weirder is just unbearable. What sets any great horror writer apart, but King in particular, is the ability to know just which detail of normal life to tweak, to alter. So much of this story I felt like I didn't even know why it was scaring the shit out of me. Really something.

Bobby Bermea (beirutwedding) | 50 comments PS So years later I read this story to my partner. About half way through, she hadn't made a sound or moved at all so I wondered if she was asleep. I say, "Jamie"? very softly, so as not to wake her if she is sleeping. She immediately pipes up, "Am I scared? Yes!"

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments Good one, Bobby! --

Courtney | 293 comments I agree, I love Crouch End. Very Lovecraftian, and very very scary!

Rachel This one has to be one of my favourite shorties. A wonderfully creepy homage to H.P Lovecraft, where the terror kind of creeps up on you.

Derrick | 556 comments Is this the one about "slaughter towen"?

message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael T Roch | 355 comments Derrick wrote: "Is this the one about "slaughter towen"?"

Yup, that's the one.

Derrick | 556 comments I thought so. Thanks for confirming. I remember the story being super creepy and weird. I enjoyed pretty much all of Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

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