- File Size: 1273 KB
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (June 21, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7H2GKS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wouldn't call any of the stories spectacular on their own- but it's a solid collection of dark supernatural tales, most of which are at least noir-ish.
Some were more noir than others; others were more supernatural with noir as a flavoring. As someone who is not strongly attached to either genre, I loved the mixture here.
Mostly the stories were more creepy than splatter, which I appreciated.
Reading other reviews, it looks like this is more suitable for people like me, who enjoy but are not passionate about either genre- we are best able to appreciate the variety of flavors this anthology contains.
I say almost because of what the book does and does not deliver on its promises. Yes, there is plenty of suspense and supernatural and mystery. I could envision several of the stories on film, with moody sets and scenes, if not also in black and white and highly stylized. But most lack the kind of 50s dialog and story transition that one associates most with noir.
So while I would definitely recommend the read, this is a book for those who love horror and the paranormal but, with one or two exceptions, it's not for those who love noir. You won't find Sin City, Dark City, Chinatown or the many other great examples or neo-noir, sci-fi noir or tech-noir here.
However, most of the stories are straightforward horror. Their only connection to noir is that people die in very gruesome ways and/or the stories have horrific, creeping atmospheres. I suggest that readers merely expecting new riffs on dectective noir avoid this anthology. It's not worth wading through the entire book to find the very small number of stories that fit into that category. On the other hand, people who want more of the same old kinds of horror will enjoy the entire book.
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