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Moonchasers & Other Stories Hardcover – December 1, 1995
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Each of the 17 stories in this book is a gem: though a few are flawed, the best gleam in perfection. In the chillingly superb title story, the efforts of two teenage boys to befriend an escaped bank robber yield deadly results; " Mother Darkness" is a shocking tale of a social worker with her own unresolved issues; and "Out There in the Darkness," the outstanding closing story, examines a neighborhood watch program that takes the law into its own hands. Gorman's technique is to take average people, place them in extraordinary situations, and then let the story wind itself out. Occasionally, this approach results in dreary sentimentality, as in "Render unto Caesar," about two men who try to save a teenage bride from her abusive husband, but on the whole, it works superbly. These stories cry out for an introduction and summary by Rod Serling; they remind the reader of the best Twilight Zone episodes. George Needham
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Although admired by writers like Dean Koontz, Gorman's work is leagues apart from the formula and routine of ultra commercial stuff of King's clones.He is an extraordinarily prolific romancist but his best work can be found in the short story form.
Although Gorman is an american original his influences can be traced.
His deceptively simple style is a highly original blend of
Bradbury's poetry and nostalgia, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone humanism, King's local colour, the raw nihilistic energy of classic hardboiled writers like Dashiell Hammet and Mickey Spillaine and the "Gorman touch". His plots are tight but his real strenght resides in his masterful characterizations; Gorman's characters are common people "trying to strike a kind of weary bargain with the world", in his own words.
All Gorman's collections are uniformly excellent but I think that Moonchasers and Other Stories is the most eccletic and representative of his short works.The title novella is a little masterpiece of nostalgia, not unlike Bradbury's short works of 40`s and 50`s and King's novella The Body.
Ed Gorman is a master of the form and deserves a major audience.
MOONCHASERS AND OTHER STORIES:
Moonchasers ============================ *****
Turn Away ============================== ****
Seasons of the Heart =================== ***1/2
En Famille ============================= ****1/2
Mother Darkness ======================== ****
The Beast in the Woods ================= ****1/2
One of Those Days, One of Those Nights = ****
Surrogate ============================== ***1/2
The Reason Why ========================= ****1/2
The Ugly File ========================== ****1/2
Friends ================================ **1/2
Bless us O Lord ======================== ****
Stalker ================================ *****
The Wind from Midnight ================= ***1/2
Prisoners ============================== ****1/2
Render Unto Caesar ===================== ****
Out There in the Darkness ============== *****
Mr. Gorman?s latest anthology exclusively includes only tales written by him. That alone guarantees that each story is top gun material. MOONCHASERS AND OTHER STORIES contains the title novella along with sixteen superior short stories, and an afterward by Koontz. Each story is well written and makes for exciting mystery reading. Especially superb are ?Moonchaser? with its teenagers and bank robber friendship theme and ?Turn Away?, which the audience will never turn away from finishing, but the other tales are also fun. The guru of short story mysteries has done it to me again by leaving me sleepless in crime fiction with another winning collection.
The stories remind me of early Bradbury and some of the best of the original twilight zone stories. Remember some stories that you just had to tell people they must read (e.g., like Joe Lansdale's "Godzilla's Twelve-Step Program"), well these stories are it! I plan on rereading these, and I've only reread 5 stories so far in my life! That's how good they are! WOW!