Rely captures an audience that I am Probably Missing Out On The House By missing out on The House by Brown is a brilliant portrayal of convincing relationships in matters of the heart We have two people fighting to stay together in the face of a very unusual haunting Trick of the Light by Tim Lebbon is a moving tale that deals with ageing and haunting symbolising lives lived and the certainty of death What Happened To Me by Joe R Lansdale is a compelling blend of the uietly supernatural and full blown Lovercraftian horror There is a master of horror working here and a terrific ending to
This Collection As This collection as this will stay with you This is truly a great collection of short stories with everyone being extremely strong This is to be treasured and re read over and over again This is one of those books you read then go back and re read to make sure that you understand what you just read It s a short concise and well written collection of truly haunting tales of ghosts possession and the Short story collections are always worth a look at Solaris has put together a varied team of writers to contribute a short story each all loosely based around a haunted house the obvious that happens here is that some step up to the task better than others Christopher Fowler writes a stand out piece in this collection called An Injustice which takes on the tale of ids out to have fun and things just don t go according to plan this does seem to have a bit of a current affairs influence behind it InsideOut by Nicholas Royle turned out to be a bit of a let down considering his novel Regicide which was also released through Solaris was by far one of the creepiest books I have picked up in a long time similarly Sarah Pinborough s The Room Upstairs and Garry Kilworth s Moretta were not uite up to scratch The Windmill by Rebecca Levene "Was Probably A Favourite For Me After "probably a favourite for me after it through a couple of times Levene looks at prison life for somebody who thinks they rally shouldn t be there Weston Osche Takes a bit of a different spin in Driving the Milky Way with the tale unfolding around an RV in a desert making for a very memorable read Jonathan Green and Adam Nevill also put across stellar pieces of work I could happily go into detail about each and every story included here in detail but then the review would end up as long as the book All in all House of Fear is a very worthwhile project edited very well by Jonathan Oliver As always with short story collections the real beauty is being able to pick it up whenever there is a spare half hour and blast through a uick satisfying read 90% of what is included is brilliant and the other 10% is than acceptable anyway This was an interesting reading I don t now why but usually I am not a big fan of short stories but I am afraid delving into a mammoth book of 600 pages or m Fabulous anthology of haunted places and haunted people Favourite stories were by Lisa Tuttle Adam Nevill Robert Shearman Sarah Pinborough and Jonathan Green Hit and miss collection nothing that really frightens me or has me leaving the light on I live in a house that is 260 years old though there s no sign of anyone haunting the back bedroom House Of Fear from Solaris is billed as an anthology of haunted house stories but that s not uite true For one thing there s a haunted windmill a haunted camper van a haunted doll house And for another if haunted means merely inhabited by a ghost then not all these places are haunted although some most definitely are If however haunted means infected fear guilt and secrets then yes these stories most definitely tell of hauntings How do you judge whether an anthology is good or not One can t expect to love all of the stories after all But by any objective criteria I can think of House Of Fear isn t a good anthology it s a great oneIs the strike rate of brilliant stories to merely average ones amazingly impossibly high CheckDo the stories selected illuminate and contrast well with each other CheckDoes the anthology introduce you to a load of great new authors you ve not Sarah Pinborough Lisa Tuttle Christopher Priest Adam L G Nevill Nicholas Royle Chaz Brenchley Christopher Fowler Gary Kilworth Weston Ochse Eric Brown Tim Lebbon Nina Allan Stephen Volk Paul Meloy an.
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does so Volk s last film The Awakening is an exceptional film for ghost story film and in this tale he is able to mix fact and fiction to spin out an extraordinary tale of redemption and strength In The Absence of Murdock by Terry Lamsley is a tale that very much nods its head to Ramsey Campbell and Jules Verne Although it is set in modern times it does lean itself to a very Victorian feel The final paragraph lends itself to a classic Victorian ghost story with true invention Florrie by Adam L G Nevill shows the author in his element If you have read The Damned Apartment 16 or The Ritual you now you are in for a treat It is truly a very sad tale that deals with aging and what happens in the twilight years of the forgotten It is truly sad tale that works on so many levels The heart still weeps for the forgettable souls that you see every day without noticing Driving The Milky Way by Weston Ochse lends itself as an ode to Ray Bradbury and Theodore Sturgeon It is like a sci fihorror version of Stand By Me The youths are written with such passion and vitality that they almost lift themselves off the page It reminds you what childhood friendships are all about The Windmill by Rebecca Levene is a haunting tale about a prisoner who is able to get away with anything until the past catches up She has a real talent of eeping things real within a supernatural setting Moretta by Garry Kilworth talent lies within the structure of modern storytelling and bringing in classic ghost stories and intertwining them to make something fresh and fun The setting of Dunwich England adds extra sparks as the facts in the story are true and the town is disappearing into the sea A great read Hortus Conclusus by Chaz Benchley includes a beautiful line The dead don t go away This is about Big Chill supernatural style and putting to rest a friend who has past The surreal events are portrayed with honest emotion and able to bring together different elements to provide a truly fresh experience The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World by Robert Shearman the man Behind Doctor Who S Dalek Doctor Who s Dalek is beautifully written and is an extremely unusual story about a house in a garden and how the people within the house find out what it is to be human The Muse of Copenhagen by Nina Allen is an exciting story about "a house an uncle and his wife and the child that they raised The chap has now grown "house an uncle and his wife and the child that they raised The chap has now grown must close down the house belonging to his childhood and his uncle with dire conseuences An Injustice by Christopher Fowler is my favourite as it starts out being one story and by the end you are so involved with the story that your heart breaks from identifying the elements of the main character in yourself This story resonates long after you finish The Room Upstairs by Sarah Pinbourough grabs you by the throat and soothes you into uiet unease and leads to something that is altogether rather moving Villanova by Paul Meloy is extremely frightening with his use of well drawn characters that are utterly convincing and beautifully realised before hitting you with a conclusion that will leave you winded This is an author to look out for He is new and he is exciting to read Widow s Weeds by Christopher Priest Priest also wrote the book The Prestige which Christopher Nolan turned into an incredible film In this story Priest plays with the concept of just what constitutes a house and a haunting to fascinating effect It is a story that you may want to re read time and time again The Doll s House by Jonathan Green is a gruesome story that will remind you of Tales from the Crypt or from the old Pan Book of Horror series It is a meticulously crafted piece of horror fiction InsideOut by Nicholas Royle is a story that is multi faceted where it is left to the reader to decipher the meanings and the haunting I appreciate the artistic flow of the story but have to say that it didn t really grab me The imagery is outstanding and feel the symbolism su. Acked window of a derelict house Editor Jonathan Oliver brings horror home with a collection of haunted house stories by some of the finest writers working in the horror genre including Joe R Lansdale. Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear by Lisa Tuttle was a chilling modern "Take On A Hidden Place "on a hidden place can t find but the tantalising failure haunts you This is how you can solidly integrate today s technology with the undocumented supernatural Layer that with the personal and marital failures of the characters and you ve got a great moody piece The ending is unsurprising but the well executed mood and themes makes up for itAn Injustice by Christopher Fowler does a stunning job of turning ghost hunters on their ear and delivering a poignant message about how easily it is to haunt ourselvesWorth picking up for these two if nothing else Very enjoyable anthology of short stories all having to do with hauntings My favorites were by Weston Ochse Rebecca Levene Jonathan Greene all new to me and of course Joe Lansdale Nicely done anthologies can be hit and miss but there really weren t any stories that I did not enjoy in this grouping Ghosts are one of my three faves in genre so an anthology featuring stories by Joe R Lansdale Sarah Pinborough Tim Lebbon and a host of others sounded too good tSpooky Readsshe does so Volk s last film The Awakening is an exceptional film for ghost story film
sat down to be enthralledThings off with a really chilling tale by Lisa Tuttle called Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear about a woman who is roped into a road trip with her ex husband through back roads in search of a home they tried to find when they were married but never could It set the pace for the book really well by showing how the atmosphere and tones of the stories were likely going to be anything but conventionalFlorrie by Adam G Nevill had to be one of the creepiest stories of the bunch as a guy moves into a fixer upper and goes madder and madder the longer he lives under its roof Adam is apparently an accomplished novelist with than one haunted house novel under his belt I need to find one of those novelsWeston Ochse may have written my favorite story from the whole book with Driving the Milky Way It s about a group of ids spending the summer hanging out together in the Arizona outback It s usual boy shit until they meet a girl and the rusted out RV on her grandparents property It basically becomes theirI SAT DOWN TO BE ENTHRALLEDTHINGS
Clubhouse But When They Gobut when they go into the desert one night for an adventure it becomes a whole lot Loved This StoryFor what I considered a wonderful and all round disturbing Twilight Zone vibe there were stories like Rebecca Levene s The Windmill about a prisoner and his growing torment behind bars and Christopher Priest s Widow s Weeds The style of the writing might not carry notes of Rod Serling but the subject matter certainly doesThere s nineteen stories in all and I can t say there was a bad one in the bunch I m a sucker for ghost stories mind you Plus I m a fan of uite a few of these authors already and several of whom I ve heard nothing but the highest praise so it should be no surprise as to how good this anthology should be Jonathan Oliver prefaces each story with a brief introduction which is a nice touch but I admit I was hoping for a little extra by way of author s notes on the inspiration for each story That s just something I m partial to though and I can t begrudge any book that doesn t include themHouse of Fear is about as wonderfully rich as you could ask for from a garland of ghost stories and it seems Jonathan Oliver is one anthologist I need to watch for down the line House of Fear is a fantastic collection of stories around the premise of haunted house The stories collected range from great to fantastic without a weak story which in collections is somewhat of a rarity Objects in Dreams May Be Closer Than You Think by Lisa Tuttle starts out proceedings as a couple try to find the house of their dreams after their divorce It is told with great depth and the thread of emotion that is carried through is simply so well written that you are left with this feeling of sadness and regret The ending is a true shocker that also stays with you Pied A Terre by Stephen Volk is a fantastic tale about a woman looking at a house and. The tread on the landing outside the door when you now you are the only one in the house The wind whistling through the eves carrying the voices of the dead The figure glimpsed briefly through the cr.