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Monsters in Our Midst (Psycho Files) Paperback – July 7, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Psycho Files
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312869436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312869434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,143,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of Psycho , which spawned a legion of homicidal maniacs in modern horror fiction, returns as an anthologist with a sequel to last year's Psycho-Paths . Once again inviting some of the field's finest writers to explore the subject of deranged evil, Bloch has elicited 17 terrifying, brilliantly conceived characters, each one disturbingly credible and original. Among the most memorable: an ungrateful grandson-in-law whose chosen weapon is a garbage disposal in Ray Bradbury's darkly humorous "Fee Fie Fo Fum"; a gas station attendant and frustrated inventor whose homemade gasoline additive makes for cleaner air and countless mysterious deaths in Robert E. Vardeman's "A Gentle Breeze Blowing"; an overzealous animal rights activist in Lawrence Block's "How Would You Like It?"; and a neurotic young actress who feels she doesn't get enough messages on her answering machine in "The Lick of Time" by Jonathan Carroll. As Bloch promises in his introduction, the selections consistently explore--with chilling success--"the why , as well as the way" psychopaths operate, adeptly mapping the fine line between human and inhuman, sane and insane. As unsettling as they are entertaining, many of these forays into the psyche's dark side are sure to become classics.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Billed as an assortment of unforgettably chilling horror stories by masters of the genre, this sequel to Psycho-Paths (Tor, 1991) is actually a rather lackluster compilation of 17 surprisingly tame short stories. Bloch's introduction explains that "suggestion, subtlety, selectivity--these are major criteria which helped govern the selection," but some works are so subtle that they're almost dull. However, there are some bright spots: Ray Bradbury's "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum," a wickedly amusing modern fairy tale; S.P. Somtow's "Fish Are Jumpin', and the Cotton Is High," a fully developed horror tale only 26 pages long; and Bloch's own "It Takes One To Know One," top-notch suspense with an ending O. Henry would be proud to claim. For larger collections.
- Rebecca House Stankowski, Pur due Univ. Calumet Lib. , Hammond, Ind.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "carolyn5000" on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection is mainly notable to me for the Bloch story, which is a very memorable (and typically heavy handed) tale of revenge. The Ethiopian tale was definitely intriguing also and disturbing. Unfortunately a lot of the stories are clunkers, especially the Ramsey Campbell tale.
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I like to read anthologies in order to discover writers - new writers or writers I just haven't read yet. Since I love Robert Bloch's own short stories, I thought he'd make a good editor for a collection, and I was right. I enjoyed almost every story in the book, and there were a few real highlights.

The anthology focuses on psychopathology - "psychos" if you will. Psychopaths are the killers next door, the sadists who lurk behind a "mask of sanity." They are human beings with no human conscience or trace of humane feeling. The authors of these stories have attempted the difficult task of portraying such characters, and have come up with some fascinating results.

A high point for me is S.P. Somtow's "Fish Are Jumpin' and the Cotton Is High" - a mixture of high camp and horror that puts Somtow at the top of my writer search-list. Jonathan Carroll's tale of the temptations and terrors of technology is an unusual and strangely affecting story, while Steve Rasnic Tem's "The Child Killer" is a short but definitely not sweet shocker.

Every story in the anthology is, at the very least, entertaining enough to finish before going on to the next - and for me, that's high praise for any anthology. Get yourself a used copy and enjoy!
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By Dolores Kuhnert on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great Merchandise. Easy to Deal with.
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