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Randolph "Dilda" Carter

A rant about books, horror, and the weird.  I sometimes take on my love/hate relationship with goodreads and Amazon.

Currently reading

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories
Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, William Shatner
Progress: 140/336 pages
Pavane
Keith Roberts

Elementary

The Elemental - Ulric Daubeny

Three and a half stars, hell give it four. Nice little collection of strange stories in a somewhat Jamesian tradition. Although there are seventeen stories here Daubeny manages to not repeat himself. These are not just ghost stories, when I say he doesn't repeat himself, I mean he doesn't use the same supernatural device in each story, each one is unique yet still has the same flavor of its time and place. There are no sheet ghosts or zombies or werewolves here.

Most of the tales have a setup a la Jorkens, but it is usually unnecessary. However, it doesn't get in the way of the story and in one or two cases actually completes it.

I can find almost nothing about this author and I don't think he ever did anything other than these delightful little stories.