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Old November 14 2007, 12:28 AM   #43
Spaceman Spiff
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Re: Let's Talk About Horror Fiction

I've read quite a bit of Ramsey Campbell; I read a lot of horror anthologies, and he pops up a lot in those. (I recently picked up the Stoker award-winning Dark Delicacies, and it's not surprise that he's in there.) His short stories are almost always good, and I keep meaning to read some of his novels.

Speaking of collections, Penguin's recently released American Supernatural Tales. It's got a few stories that are bound to be repeats for most of us, like The Call of Cthulhu and The Fall of the House of Usher, but it's got lots of others, like Robert E. Howard, Ambrose Bierce, etc. At 512 pages, it's a good collection of authors from various time periods.

Actually, it may be of particular interest to you, Brendan. It's not Lovecraft-themed, per se, but it's got a lot of Lovecraft Circle-type stuff in it. Glancing at the Table of Contents:

August Derlith's The Lonesome Place
Clark Ashton Smith's The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis
T.E.D. Klein's The Events at Poroth Farm
Thomas Ligotti's Vasterian

There might be some I'm missing. I just noticed that Norman Partridge has a story in there. I didn't spot that when I picked it up.

It's a sharp little book, like most of the Penguin Classics. I'm sure that some of the ones I've mentioned here are repeats for you, given your preferences, but if you want a cool little book that's got them all together, it's for you.


On a totally different note, RJDiogenes, while reading the (kind of dull) Wolf Man: Hunter's Moon, I looked up the original film on Wikipedia and discovered that Universal's planning a remake to be released in 2009. They've already cast Benicio Del Toro as Larry Talbot (it surprised me at first, but he's got a skinny Chaney Jr-ish look to him, come to think of it), and Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot.

Crazy, huh? I'm torn, but intrigued. They've got Rick Baker doing the make-up; given his interviews on The Wolf Man Legacy Edition DVD, I'm sure he banged the door down for the job.
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