Sticks was phenomenal and so tightly streamlined it Made Most Of The Other most of the other feel overwritten It is no wonder this story has been anthologized so much The River of Night s Dreaming a King in Yellow story was also somewhat good although it went in a much less interesting direction than I had hoped for after the intrigue of the opening scenes 220 Swift held promise but ultimately relied too much on a somewhat tedious build up
*that grew muddy *grew muddy failed to deliver much of substance considering the investment At times Wagner employs the male gaze to a ridiculous extent like in Beyond Any Measure where the two roommates are lounging around together in their lingerie because that s normal and he feels the need to describe how the one woman s straining thigh muscles shaped her buttocks nicely as she reached for a book Seriously Beyond that many of these stories are weighed down with the ind of banal and unnecessary expository detail for which I long ago lost any patience Introduction Peter Straub pretty much raves about KEW high praise from one of his peers It s really interesting reading this in comparison to the introduction he did to Walk on the Wild Side The Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner Volume 2Prologue to In the Pines Lonely Places is a mood setting page that paints a bleak pictureIn the Pines is wonderfully macabre The descent of the main character is perfectly done horrible for its relation to the authorWhere the Summer Ends Wow I last read this years ago remembered it as creepy but wow Such a cool idea so well done I felt the heat of the nightSticks I like it when I have difficulty telling when I stepped out of reality into the supernatural PerfectThe Fourth Seal is perhaps one of the best most believable conspiracy theories I ve ever read220 Swift takes several tropes that Robert E Howard used in his stories an old Greek myth blended uniuely served superbly I Conjure In African American Society kind ofnew where it was going but the ending still horrified meThe River of Night s Dreaming So often the supernatural element is obvious In this story the POV is so unreliable as to toss reality up for grabs What really happened I m not sure but it was one hell of a trip I m not sure it s over either How coolBeyond Any Measure Why hasn t this happened often It s such a wild twist but seems almost obvious when it finally happens view spoilerA woman is reincarnated takes revenge on the vampire inhabiting her former body hide spoiler Sticks and The Fourth Seal are two of the most terrifying stories I ve read This is a really really good collection of dark horror tales from Karl Edward Wagner one of the ma. ContentsIn the PinesWhere the Summer End.
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tragical While I am proud of the fact that I was even able to obtain aWhile I am proud of the fact that I was even able to obtain a of this book for merely being a 1984 mass market paperback this book can cost upwards of 40 in online shops eep an eye out in your local used bookstores and even so that I finally read the thing I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by my first exposure to Karl Edward WagnerThe first three of the seven stories herein are nearly brilliant and cemented Mr Wagner as an author I wish to continue to explore in the immediate future The other four however left me rather frustrated mainly because after the bar had been set so high from the earlier stories these were actually pretty disappointingTake for instance The Fourth Seal a conspiratorial tale of the medical world It s paced perfectly on I first came across Karl Edward Wagner as the editor of a series of Year s Best Horror Fiction It was from that series that I encountered some fantastic stories such as Tiger in the Snow by Daniel Wynn Barber Egnaro by M John Harrison and Black Man in a Horn by TED Kline Karl Edward Wagner studied medicine and psychiatry but became disillusioned and left it writing Conan the Barba I finally was able to run down a copy of Wagner s In a Lonely Place via Interlibrary Loan It s ridiculous given the uality of the stories within this collection that it s out of print and expensive if you decide to purchase within this collection that it s out of print and prohibitively expensive you decide to purchase used copy Wagner was a very interesting guy a Pulp writer who trained to be a doctor and psychiatrist If interested to now there s long piece on him from a high school friend John Mayer with whom he shared a real interest in Pulp at I said above the stories in A Lonely Place are of high uality the influences varied though Lovecraft seems prominent In several stories Wagner s own biography plays out a bit beneath the surface but if I hadn t of read the article I wouldn t of nown that Briefly1 In the Pines A modern day ghost or is it story set in the mountains of Tennessee A couple tries to put their lives back together after an automobile accident Wagner really captures the area and the people of the mountains really well And he wisely incorporates the old blues song In the Pines into the story It s a dark haunting song and Wagner delivers a worthy story to accompany it2 Where the Summer Ends Great story with a goofy title I would of called it Kudzu Hints of Lovecraft A college student and collector like Wagner himself befriends an old antiue store owner in the Red Hook part of Knoxville 3 Sticks A much anthologized and for good reason story of an ancient race a war veteran and SSticksThe Fourth Seal220 SwiftThe River. Rtist and some strange art work found in the woods I can t help but wonder if the makers of Blair Witch Project took the weird things hanging from the trees from this story Again Lovecraft influenced Also something of an homage to Pulp artists4 The Fourth Seal Not bad but not great either story of an homage to Pulp artists4 The Fourth Seal Not bad but not great either story medicine doctors and secret cults Wagner s personal biography plays out some here5 More Sinned Against A shift in style telling a modern day Hollywood BabylonLife in the Fast Lane story that involves porn drugs and Voodoo Not bad but not great either6 220 Swift Completely crazy story involving secret gold mines little people mountaineers moonshine folk lore a hit man Spanish conuistadors and ultimately an albino ing from the underworld Wonderful7 The River of Night s Dreaming A dreamlike and nightmare like story involving an escapee from a prison an old dark house and some inky stuff Wagner s background in psychiatry is evident here Very good8 Beyond Any Measure Wild story involving reincarnation drugs sex black magic set in a very decadent modern day London There s a party scene that right out *right out Wide Shut Good with a very twisted ending i d been looking for this book for about ten years could never find it for less than 50 finally stumbled on it by accident at the LA paperback book festival 20 couldn t afford not to buy it went home and read it straight through filled with glee now was it worth it well i would say no although Sticks is of course a great story scary as hell and often anthologized and 220 Swift is pretty good and Where the Summer Ends and The River of Night s Dreaming are both excellent okay so i guess it s worth it already but then THEN the last story Beyond Any Measure which frankly isn t really all that good lots of goofy 80s leather SM cocaine party nonsense and chicks makin out in the shower for our enjoyment suddenly on the last two pages pulls out this amazing premise holy shit such a great idea couldn t believe it just really brilliant wish the story itself was better but hey it s a once in a century type story idea and if wagner never This is a collection of Wagner s short horror stories and it s one of my favorite horror collections of all time Incredible stories that really stay with you long after you read them It s too bad Wagner died so young I was lucky enough to obtain a copy when first published and it has pride of place in my libraryIt can still be found but the price is ridiculousAlthough Karl is over fond of the word lich these stories stand the test of time and are truly unforgettable Especially Sticks and The Fourth Seal I highly recommen. 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