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Needles & Sins Paperback – October 17, 2007
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-Horror Holocaust [...]
You've read the reviews. You may have even already read Charlee Jacob's intro. You don't need me to tell you that Needles and Sins is a barnburner, the kind of book of horror shorts that will keep you up at night munching on chips and finishing just one more story the same way EverCrack had you finishing just one more quest. So what am I going to do different? Everyone else is focusing on the horror stories here. And they're good, though I'm not quite sure some of them are all they're cracked up to be ("Mutilation Street", in particular, which Jacob singles out in her intro, strikes me as a gimmicky one-trick pony that could have been so much more than it is). I'm going to focus on the two non-horror stories here, which are, perhaps not coincidentally, the two stories that kick this book up from being good to being in the realm of Greg Gifune good and Vincent Sakowski good and Thomas Ligotti good and Richard-Christian-Matheson-when-he-wrote-"Red" good.
The first is "Spirits Having Flown", and if I had to try and pigeonhole it into a genre, I'd call it an urban fantasy story, but that would be doing it a great disservice, in that it's a fantasy that takes place in an urban (and distinctly grungy, which is an atmosphere at which Mr. Everson excels in creating) setting, but it has none of the hallmarks you've come to expect if you've read half a dozen novels tagged that way. No, this is more "urban fantasy" like Gifune writes, mythical creatures that intrude on the lives of us normal folks, but without the whole us normal folks finding out we're half-faerie or whatever the hell.Read more ›
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Recieved the book at a signing .. the Milwaukee Massacre .. and read it till it was done .. all the stories are so creepy dark good .. my favorite being ... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by TigerLady
What a thrill to have met this author at the 2008 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, casually talk to him about writing and discover John to be a soft spoken, oh yeah he... Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Norman Applegate