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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

Peering into the Abyss

Autumn in the Abyss - John Claude Smith

4-1/2 stars. This slim volume was very good. I liked this a lot. It would be hard to categorize but I would call it weird horror. The stories are tight and the prose evocative. Smith's worldview is kind of like a Ligotti with a ray of hope. You better be good and cherish what you've got in John Claude's universe.

 

All the stories are memorable but Becoming Human seemed to me a riff on Michael Shea's The Autopsy. Not the same story by any stretch but it reminded me of it in a lot of ways. There was a linkage (I'm not telling you what it is, buy the book!) between several of the stories which was kind of cool also. Not for the faint hearted!

 

This is a print on demand book and one of the things I appreciate in this digital age is there were no typos. Nice cover graphics too.

 

Oh, and if a dude named Liu shows up, don't make eye contact and go the other way fast.