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Got Me Up to Speed on the Genre, Anyway.,
This review is from: From the Borderlands: Stories of Terror and Madness (Mass Market Paperback)
I agree with what most of the reviewers said. There are a lot of stories in here, but probably 50% of them are weak, 30% average, 10% pretty good, and perhaps 10% truly entertaining and unsettling.
Considering I bought this at Target for $5.62, that's still well worth the price of admission.
"Rami Temporalis", the opening story, is very good. Slightly maudlin story that answers the "what if?" question of "What if 'You just have one of those faces' meant something far more important than you ever imagined?"
"The Goat" is stark, depressing, and moving. One of those stories where you see the awful ending coming and there's nothing you can do to ward it off. It's almost a bit Flannery O'Connor-esque.
I liked "Story Time with the Bluefield Strangler," even though it was a bit predictable. That whole notion of "can multiple personality disorder take on a physical form?" has been done before -- namely by Stephen King in "The Dark Half" and "The Secret Window" -- but if it's done well, it always seems to work.
This story was left dangling, and that effect always works well on me. The unresolved ending is probably a lazy writer's shortcut to getting people to think your story is mysterious. Unfortunately, this technique often succeeds.
None of these really stuck with me and haunted me. I thought one did, but then I realized that was from a different collection. If you want some true creepiness, try reading the similarly-priced "My Favorite Horror Story" compilation.