Ghosts: Recent Hauntings Paperback – August 28, 2012
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- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607013541
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607013549
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : Prime Books (August 28, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #397,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There may be spoilers ahead:
The first was the one with the lake. What knd of twit mom sends her six year old out on a raft with no supervision!
The second was Caitlin R. Kiernan's story 'Apokostasis' (I think that was the name). Now don't get me wrong. I think her writing is amazing but a lot of them are so abstruse I don't know what in the hell is going on. Reading her is like being led on a long, dark, beautiful path and then being left stranded. Maybe it's me and I am just a moron but if anyone has any idea just what in the hell this story was supposed to be about leave me a comment and let me know. Because I sincerely have no clue.
Which brings me to the story by Laird Barron. Easily the worst story in the bunch to me. Besides being overly long for a short story it is also long, rambling and really not very ghostly in the end, it also has the dubious honour of having ripped off pieces of the plot of a video game called Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented. I am usually hesitant to call 'rip-off' on anyone but the game was out way before the short story (it was released around 2004ish for the Playstation 2, and is a great game from an awesome series I might add).
Some of the convoluted plot points reminded me distinctly of it:
LB: The house of dreams where you follow the dead
FF: The Manor of Sleep (which is referred to several times as the house of sleep and house of dreams)
LB: Grieving widow keeps seeing husband and son who died in plane crash
FF: One of the people you meet in The Manor of Sleep is a sole survivor from a plane crash where her family died.
LB: The main character describes the death of a woman who was reduced to a human shaped sludge outline
FF: The victims of The Manor of Sleep disappear in a human-shaped ash outline.
To me that is just too many similarities and I got very annoyed with the story. I tried looking up other references to the house of dreams/manor of sleep and Fatal Frame was the only direct reference.
End of spoilers.
The rest of the stories were the usual mix of some good, some bad and others were great. Although, I do have to fault the editor for including stories where the ghosts seemed more 'mental' than spiritual.
I prefer my ghosts to be malevolent - perhaps along the lines of Hartley's "A Visitor from Down Under". And generally, at least in this collection, this is not the case. This is not to suggest, of course, that this collection doesn't have some excellent tales - among them "The Watcher in the Corners" (Monette), "Uncle" (Graham-Jones), and "Rags and Bone Men" (Duffy). Lansdale's "The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler" is not to be missed -
However, to counterbalance the good tales, there are also the dull or uninteresting ones - "The Trentino Kid", "Wonderwall", "Booth's Ghost", and Straub's "Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle". Although I've been a fan of Straub's work since his earliest novels, and his collaboration wit Stephen King, I must confess I have NO idea what "Mr Aickman" was about.
An interesting collection, however, not one that will stay with you on those long, cold, winter nights...
in a short and interesting manner. I love all his books and highly recommend them. They are interesting, scary,
and delightful. Mary