Poe's Children: The New Horror

Poe s Children The New Horror A Washington Post Best Book of the Year Peter Straub bestselling author and time Bram Stoker Award winner has gathered here bone chilling nail biting frightfully imaginative stories that repres

  • Title: Poe's Children: The New Horror
  • Author: Peter Straub Dan Chaon Elizabeth Hand Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem M. John Harrison Ramsey Campbell Brian Evenson
  • ISBN: 9780307386403
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year Peter Straub bestselling author and 8 time Bram Stoker Award winner has gathered here 24 bone chilling, nail biting, frightfully imaginative stories that represent the best of contemporary horror writing Dan Chaon The Bees Elizabeth Hand Cleopatra Brimstone Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem The Man on the Ceiling M John HA Washington Post Best Book of the Year Peter Straub bestselling author and 8 time Bram Stoker Award winner has gathered here 24 bone chilling, nail biting, frightfully imaginative stories that represent the best of contemporary horror writing Dan Chaon The Bees Elizabeth Hand Cleopatra Brimstone Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem The Man on the Ceiling M John Harrison The Great God Plan Ramsey Campbell The Voice of the Beach Brian Evenson Body Kelly Link Louise s Ghost Jonathan Carroll The Sadness of Detail M Rickert Leda Thomas Tessier In Praise of Folly David J Schow Plot Twist Glen Hirshberg The Two Sams Thomas Ligotti Notes on the Writing of Horror A Story Benjamin Percy Unearthed Bradford Morrow Gardener of Heart Peter Straub Little Red s Tango Stephen King The Ballad of a Flexible Bullet Joe Hill 20th Century Ghost Ellen Klages The Green Glass Sea Tia V Travis The Kiss Graham Joyce Black Dust Neil Gaiman October in the Chair John Crowley Missolonghi 1824 Rosalind Palermo Stevenson Insect Dreams

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    1. Peter Straub is out to prove a point: horror fiction can be literary. It is not necessarily hack. Edgar Allan Poe wrote macabre fiction (and poetry), and he is considered one of America's classic authors - so why not these new purveyors of nightmares?Well, I agree. For example, nobody in their right mind would call Stephen King a hack: and there are many others in that category - Straub himself, Ramsey Campbell, Joe Hill et al. The only question is whether they would be considered literary. It s [...]

    2. Overall: 3 starsThe Bees: 4 starsCleopatra Brimstone: 4 starsThe Man on the Ceiling: 3 stars. The writing of this piece is intentionally obscure, and it can be kind of annoying… but overall, a beautifully written story with a deeper meaning lurking beneath the heavy-handed writing.The Great God Pan: 1 star. I have no idea what’s going on here, and the characters are SO annoying. I couldn’t finish it.The Voice of the Beach: 1.5 stars. I managed to finish this one, but it was still pretty ho [...]

    3. The cover of Poe's Children features creepy dolls, though none of the stories contained within feature creepy dolls. The illustration is a joke. As explained in the introduction, it's the sort of imagery most people expect from horror; but this collection is different! These stories don't conform to the horror storytelling standard. Here, a story fits in the horror genre if it meets any of the following criteria; something kinda creepy happens, the narrative is unclear, the cast includes a ghost [...]

    4. In the introduction to this anthology, Peter Straub describes his goal in putting together these 24 contemporary horror stories. Basically, he wanted to prove that the horror genre is more than the scary monsters, blood, gore, and cheesy book covers that most people associate with it. He wanted to show that the horror genre is a legitimate literary genre and can be considered more "literary" than people have considered it before. This collection had nothing to do with putting together "scary" st [...]

    5. Horror is an absolutely amazing genre, so when I picked up Poe’s Children, edited by Peter Straub, I believe I held in my hands a source of horror that would terrify and thrill me.But this novel is nothing more than multiple dead trees filled with annoyance and arrogance. Yet somehow Straub believes a reader should be “fortunate” enough to read these authors that he has painstakingly thrown together. Personally, I do not believe Straub has created an astonishing anthology; these stories, i [...]

    6. In which Peter Straub sets out to broaden the umbrella of “horror” beyond the stereotypical blood-and-guts sensationalism typically associated with it. He succeeds at this so well that I had a hard time figuring out exactly what made some of these stories fit into the genre at all.Dan Chaon - “The Bees” - A husband and father is haunted (literally or metaphorically?) by the first wife and child he abandoned during his drinking days. Impressively dark and downtrodden, although one wishes [...]

    7. Hey Kiddies! It's time again for one of Badseedgirl's famous open lettersDear Mr. Straub:Really this letter is for all horror writers, new and established. If you're ashamed of writing in the horror genre, well by all means just don't write in it. If you plan to make your money by writing horror fiction, please don't disparage this genre in your forward to a horror anthology. I am a college educated person who likes horror fiction. I like all the aspects of the genre, some more than others, but [...]

    8. As several reviewers stated below, horror doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves; so, I encourage other horror enthusiasts to read whatever they can get their hands on. But if I had to compile an 'ultimate list' of recommendations, Poe's Children wouldn't be on it. I started reading Poe's Children in high school and still haven't finished. (It's been several years now.) The stories are painfully slow, and often, the endings were so anti-climactic and strange (and not in a good way) tha [...]

    9. First, I did not finish this book. I was going to, but I just could not bear to pick it back up despite keeping it well past the book club "due date." The stories were somewhat odd, mostly confusing, and did not live up to the title. There was no unifying thread to this collection despite being sold as a bunch of horror stories. None of them would really be considered horror stories because of the lack of fear factor. I understand that the collection was supposed to be a different type of horror [...]

    10. Dan Chaon - "The Bees": Bad deeds catch up to a man on the run from his dismal past. Alcohol - the cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems. In the end, you only feel sorry for the main character. 3/5 because of this.Elizabeth Hand - "Cleopatra Brimstone": I can't sympathize with the main character at all - she's COMPLETELY self-absorbed. What made me mad was her deadpan reaction to being raped; I really feel that if that scene were done better, the ending would have made more sense [...]

    11. I have really been striking out lately. This book was so-so at best. I normally like anything weird, creepy and out there, but most of these stories were pointless. I would recommend reading the following four and skipping the rest:-Ballad of the Flexible Bullet-The Sadness of Detail-Black Dust-October in the Chair

    12. Great pieces by Don Chaon, Elizabeth Hand, the Tems, Thomas Ligotti, Joe Hill and Jonathan Carroll. Really awful stuff from Brian Evenson, Glen Hirshberg, Benjamin Percy and Straub himself. Everything else is just about average.

    13. This was a really uneven collection with some not quite new entries as well. Kinda weird, and not what I would have expected. I'd give this one a pass unless you're desperate for something spookable and this is the only option around.

    14. This is advertised as a Horror anthology, but it is not. It is not even a Literary Horror anthology. It is an anthology for the kinds of short fiction that don’t fit in traditional Horror, Gothic, Fantasy or Science Fiction, with an emphasis on literary expression over storytelling. Only the most impressionable readers will be scared of any of the shorts contained within. Instead, corpses, ghosts and madmen are refurbished to fiction that speculates on the nature of life, creativity, angst, ch [...]

    15. I tend to read anthologies and short story collections to find new authors in my favorite genres. And, so now, Jonathan Caroll (The Sadness of Detail) and Glen Hirshberg (The Two Sams) are living on my TBR list. Stephen King (The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet) and Joe Hill (21st Century Ghost) make appearances as well as a number of other very talented authors in the field of Horror writing. There were only two stories I could not finish and one that I really, really hated. Not bad out of a coll [...]

    16. I’m glad I borrowed this from the library and only spent time suffering through this collection. There are individual selections in this that are worth the time. However, go read them in the authors’ collections as it will yield a significantly better experience. Here’s three collections you should read instead of this one:“Cold Print” by Ramsey Campbell“20th Century Ghosts” by Joe Hill“Songs of a Dead Dreamer” by Thomas LigottiGoing through my notes I really enjoyed six storie [...]

    17. Really, really good. Obviously this is a short story anthology collecting works from different authors so you're going to love some, hate some, and be really confused by some; but, overall, I'd say that this was a very decent read and the stories I loved made up for those I didn't and for those that made me wonder what the heck the author was thinking when they wrote it. Before I go into which stories I like the best, I will have to say that I was really surprised many of them were collected in [...]

    18. Several stories I'd already read in the authors' collections. The Kelly Link and Shelley Jackson stories were two of these, but rereading them in this other context was AWESOME. "The Man on the Ceiling," written by a married couple ( . . . ) was the basis of a novel of the same name that got a lot of praise. I tried to read a few years ago, specifically looking to see what was up with currently acclaimed and cutting edge horror, and I just could not finish it and the story made me mad about it a [...]

    19. I have to admit, the one thing that led me to buy this book was the awesome cover. What can I say? Color me noir, I guess. But as I go through the short stories, they had somehow come up short from what I truly expect from the horror stories that were spawn by the master of suspense, Edgar Allan Poe. This collection of short stories feels more like an insult to the great man's memory rather than a salute to his genius.Nevertheless, there are still great stories embedded in this collection though [...]

    20. Placing Poe's name on this collection of stories is almost sacrilege. I don't know why I put myself through them all. The only reason this managed to get 2 stars was for Neil Gaiman's "October in the Chair" (I really wished it were longer ke entire novel longer). Honorable mentions are The Bees, The Man on the Ceiling, and The Voice of the Beach (tolerable). A couple stories such as "The Sadness of Detail" and "20th Century Ghost" had promise, but failed to deliver a whole package. 5 stars for t [...]

    21. Wondering if any of my friends on has read this. It has some pretty bad reviews on ! Anyone??????????Well.I just finished reading this collection. I enjoyed most of the stories in the book. Personally, I was disappointed by the S. King and J. Hill stories, since I'd read both of them previously in other books. I would recommend it to anyone who, like myself, likes the freedom of reading short stories. When you HAVE to put your book down for a while, it doesn't matter, because each story is like [...]

    22. Though only 1/3 of the way through this anthology, I'm a little surprised at the midrange ratings. "The Man on the Ceiling" by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem justifies the purchase price all by itself. There're some real jewels so far, and I haven't even hit the halfway mark (although I have to admit to skipping ahead for a couple irresistible stories). Joy!

    23. The editor clearly has a different definition of horror in mind when he collected these stories. Some of them were well written and engaging, while others were a hot mess.

    24. The stories had their moments, but if you're looking for actual horror instead of a collection of weird reads, you might want to skip this one.

    25. Fantastic collection of stories. I particularly liked the modern rendering of the Lido and the Swan myth.

    26. It took a few tries to get through this audiobook. Like others have said, the collection is all over the map, and it wears you down too soon despite being narrated by a who's who of great audiobook voices.So why did I keep coming back to "Poe's Children" until I'd pushed my way through it? Because Peter Straub's introduction is so compelling - better, maybe, than even the best stories in this collection (and there are some very good ones, notably Dan Chaon's "The Bees" and "20th Century Ghost" b [...]

    27. One of the absolutely worst collections of the most boring and pretentious garbage I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I actively sought out this book on just to give it a scathing review and put my hatred to rest.There was one story in this whole collection that I found memorable -- not good, but memorable -- and I don't even remember the title. For all I know, it might not have even been a part of this anthology, because it actually had some tiny semblance of horror and story to it. It [...]

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