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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

Not the Best

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20 -

I'm not real impressed with these "Best of" annual anthologies after reading a couple. A better title would be "Mammoth Book of Pretty Okay Horror." The "Horror in 2008" and the Necrology are largely dross and seem like filler to me. I found a third of the stories above average, a third average, and a third bad (by page count). This is just too much inferior material in a year that couldn't have been that lean and an anthology that only has 21 stories. Two of the longish stories are just awful, full of hackneyed tropes and devices, but then you get an Arkangel or It Runs Beneath the Surface that are excellent but are also painfully short.

There is a long story entitled The Overseer that is really bad and the tedious Brian Lumley story just confirms my opinion of Lumley's writing. M.R. James would turn over in his grave if he could read these two "ghost" stories.