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- Publication date : February 3, 2011
- File size : 783 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- ASIN : B004N85JJ2
- Publisher : Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; Macabre Ink First Digital edition (February 3, 2011)
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #881,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sarrantonio has written the odd novel over the course of his career, but his strength, to me, has always been short stories. I first encountered Sarrantonio back in an old Year's Best Horror collection (I think it was in 1980, but don't quote me, and yes, I bought it new). Sarrantonio's story closed the volume. It was called "Pumpkin Head". I don't recall my twelve-year-old self being overly impressed with it at the time, but the story's final, somewhat mysterious, line haunted me for decades until I got round to reading the story again recently. It's not "mysterious" in that it doesn't fit with the story; it does, and it conveys the information it is supposed to convey. And yet it has always seemed to me that there is a great deal more to that last line than the conveyance of information; there is something much larger and more chilling there, some sort of unfathomable depth of hunger that is wrapped up in lifelong loneliness and horrific abuse and world-burning hatred.
I'm telling you all this, naturally, because <em>Toybox</em>, aside from the very short beginning to a framing device that pops up now and again throughout this collection, starts off with "Pumpkin Head", and thirty years later, it's just as innocent and heartbreaking and still has that core of pure, unadulterated hatred. And as I went through the collection, I discovered that Sarrantonio does that sort of thing exceptionally well; I'd read a few of the stories here before (though none stayed with me in remotely as much detail as "Pumpkin Head"), but had never really made the connection that this guy writes about kids, almost exclusively, and that his ability to make the reader experience that sort of hapless innocence is exactly what makes his stories so good.
There is a downside to this that shows up in the book: Sarrantonio's stories feel weird and out-of-place when he's writing exclusively about adults. But that doesn't happen often here, all the stories of that type are confined to one section, and this will in way affect your enjoyment of this story collection. Which is <em>very</em> enjoyable. If you've never been exposed to the work of Al Sarrantonio, this is a great way to start. If you're already a fan, but have never picked up one of this story collections, this works for you, as well. If you don't like short stories... okay. I can't help you there. But the rest of you, go for it. ****
I have come to appreciate of late. Thanks to Joe R. Lansdale(my very favorite short story writer!(and the introduction to this
collection) As a past reviewer stated perfectly I can't seem
to get enough short stories lately, but I do try and read novels
when I have time. They both are perfect ways to spend some time. Short stories can have so much impact, I've
found some great short story collections recently from the likes of Jack Ketchum, Peter Crowther, P.D Cacek, Neil Gaiman, Simon Clark, Ray Bradbury(the godfather of these stories), the dark masques, and darker masques series of late and of course my favorite, HIGH COTTON which I
believe is a must have from Joe R. Lansdale, for your short story
collection. TOY BOX has a great cover to wet the appetite for
this strange weirdness you are about to discover. Autumn is the perfect time of the year to sit back and
discover this gifted storyteller. There are so many talented writers out there to discover and stories to take you away. Enjoy this one!