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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

The Horror, the Horror

The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume One - John Pelan

There are a lot of stories in this type of book that I have never read just as there were in the American FantasticTales Boxed Set. I didn't much read horror other than Lovecraft and some Cthulhu Mythos when I was younger. I read mostly sf and "literature," whatever that means. My literature tended towards Modernism when it wasn't for school. I would buy these dime store mmpb anthologies with lurid covers off of wire racks from time to time. I have to admit the covers were what drew me.

 

 

I went through a King phase (as we all do). I started to read some horror again when I found a second hand book shop in St. Paul, MN that stocked Arkham house in print and old, but that didn't start until '82 and I was still in a P.K. Dick frenzy, and pretty much centered around only reading AH titles. After the '80s when I had acquired all the AH that had been in print from about 1970, and a few earlier finds, the only horror I would read was the odd small press offering I would find in mainly genre themed independent bookstores or independent bookstores that had larger genre sections. I remember a bookstore called Book People in Austin, TX that carried ALL the Fedogan & Bremer titles all the time. But still I stuck with literature and history mostly.

 

 

To make a real long story even longer I didn't get back into horror until 2007 when I got a Kindle 1 very soon after it came out. You don't want to know what I paid for it but it still works as it did on day 1 with the addition of one new Lithium battery in 2010. There were only 50,000 e-book titles on Amazon. I didn't REALLY get back into horror until 2011 when I actually found someone to talk about it without thinking I was nuts, goodreads.

 

 

So anyway to make this really long story really, really longer, I don't know as much and have not read as much horror fiction as a person interested in the genre would have by my age. Therefore, most anthologies and collections contain a wealth of stories I have not read.

 

And if you made it this far you are either nuts or like watching paint dry.