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House Of Fear from Solaris is billed as an anthology of 'haunted house' stories, but that's not quite true For one thing there's a haunted windmill, a haunted campervan, a haunted dollhouse And for another, if 'haunted' means merely inhabited by a ghost then not all these places are haunted (although some most definitely are) If, however, 'haunted' means infected fear, guilt, and secrets then yes, these stories most definitely tell of hauntings How do you judge whether an anthology is good or not? One can't expect to love all of the stories, after all But by any objective criteria I can think of House Of Fear isn't a good anthology; it's a great one:Is the 'strike rate' of brilliant stories to merely average ones amazingly, impossibly high? CheckDo the stories selected illuminate and contrast well with each other? CheckDoes the anthology introduce you to a load of great new authors you've not read before? Check, check, checkHere were a few of my favourite stories; I plan to write about some of these indetail in my Strange Stories feature at some point.Objects in Dreams May be Closer Than They Appear Lisa Tuttle Okay, Lisa Tuttle is not a writer who is new to me, but this story was, and it might be the best thing by her I've ever read It's a story of our dream house (and dream life) as a trap, and it's deeply unnerving And it would be the winner of the best titled story in the anthology, if not for:The Dark Space in The House in The House in The Garden at The Centre of The World Robert Shearman Manages to combine the haunted house theme with an off the wall creation myth, a satirical look at modern middleclass life, and humour that genuinely made me laugh (especially the bits about cancer) The kind of bravura story you feel like applauding after you finish it.Florrie Adam L.G Nevill I've not read anything by this author before (despite the fact he's always cropping up in myrecommendations) and I've obviously been a fool not to A brilliant reimagination of the tired old ghostly possession story.The Room Upstairs Sarah Pinborough Another author new to me, and another where I think I must have been missing out I've talked a lot on this blog about ambiguity as it relates to ghosts, but in this story the reality of the haunting and its metaphorical aspects dovetail together so well it almost doesn't matter The ending is inevitable (and brilliant) either way.Inside/Out Nicholas Royle A truly bizarre tale of identical girls, Hitchcock references, dreamlike logic, and a house with two doors (like Doctor Jekyll's) Excellent.There are lots of other really strong stories in this book though, and none of them are anything less than worth a read Heartily recommended. Hit and miss collection, nothing that really frightens me or has me leaving the light on I live in a house that is 260 years old, though there's no sign of anyone haunting the back bedroom. This was an interesting reading I don't know why but usually I am not a big fan of short stories but I am afraid delving into a mammoth book of 600 pages or multibooks series, even at the same time I want to read several series I've got here But since the other way I slept in my mother's home and having no books to read I started this one and what and it was a bag of mix feelings.'PiedATerre' by Stephen Volk is a nice tale about the purchasing of a house I really was interested in the tale even if a bit predictable (reminded me of a gothic tale of the old days) It seems it had some truthful in it 'In The Absence of Murdock' by Terry Lamsley is a tale that very much nods its head to Ramsey Campbell and Jules Verne Although it is set in modern times, it does lean itself to a very Victorian feel The final paragraph lends itself to a classic Victorian ghost story with true invention.'Driving The Milky Way' by Weston Ochse was in interesting view on the term house House is where your heart is I guess Nice interesting tale that delve into friendship and regret Good tale.'The Windmill' by Rebecca Levene has a supernatural setting about a convict and his odd partner in the cell Good characterization by Levene.'Moretta' by Garry Kilworth was a good tale set in rural england (Gothic story again) with a lovecraftian feeling.'The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World' is God/Paradise setting with nice twist in the end I enjoy the God partsthan the humans (it's strange, you've got to read it to understand what I am saying).'An Injustice' by Christopher Fowler is one of my favourite It left me breathing hard until the very end It's depressing and you will live as the main character Believe me when I say that It left me sad Good Tale Mr Fowler.'The Room Upstairs' by Sarah Pinbourough it was a nice tale about a robber as he stay in a haunted house as he waited for orders It was a nice horror story with a good happy ending.'Villanova' by Paul Meloy is a okay tale that is safe by the ending which leave you breathless The ending apart deserves a five star rating.'The Doll's House' by Jonathan Green is a horrifying tale that will grab you by your throat even if a bit predictable in the end 'Trick of the Light' by Tim Lebbon was a good tale and other that will make you wonder about love and what means to have a haunted house.'What Happened To Me' by Joe R Lansdale was a fitting ending It starts slowly and you get a Arthur Machen/Lovecraftian horror tale It was a good tale about a tale that is True In the end I was satisfied and a couple of these writers are very good and probably I will try reading other tales by them. Ghosts are one of my three faves in genre, so an anthology featuring stories by Joe R Lansdale, Sarah Pinborough, Tim Lebbon, and a host of others sounded too good tSpooky Reads, I sat down to be enthralled.Things kick off with a really chilling tale by Lisa Tuttle called Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear, about a woman who is roped into a road trip with her exhusband through back roads in search of a home they tried to find when they were married, but never could It set the pace for the book really well, by showing how the atmosphere and tones of the stories were likely going to be anything but conventional.Florrie by Adam G Nevill had to be one of the creepiest stories of the bunch, as a guy moves into a fixerupper and goes madder and madder the longer he lives under its roof Adam is apparently an accomplished novelist withthan one haunted house novel under his belt I need to find one of those novels.Weston Ochse may have written my favorite story from the whole book with Driving the Milky Way It's about a group of kids spending the summer hanging out together in the Arizona outback It's usual boy shit until they meet a girl and the rustedout RV on her grandparents' property It basically becomes their clubhouse, but when they go wandering into the desert one night for an adventure, it becomes a whole lotLoved This Story.For what I considered a wonderful and allround disturbing Twilight Zone vibe, there were stories like Rebecca Levene's The Windmill about a prisoner and his growing torment behind bars, and Christopher Priest's Widow's Weeds The style of the writing might not carry notes of Rod Serling, but the subject matter certainly does.There's nineteen stories in all, and I can't say there was a bad one in the bunch I'm a sucker for ghost stories, mind you Plus, I'm a fan of quite a few of these authors already, and severalof whom I've heard nothing but the highest praise, so it should be no surprise as to how good this anthology should be Jonathan Oliver prefaces each story with a brief introduction, which is a nice touch, but I admit I was hoping for a little extra by way of author's notes on the inspiration for each story That's just something I'm partial to though, and I can't begrudge any book that doesn't include them.House of Fear is about as wonderfully rich as you could ask for from a garland of ghost stories, and it seems Jonathan Oliver is oneanthologist I need to watch for down the line. ( DOWNLOAD KINDLE ) ☮ House of Fear ♑ The tread on the landing outside the door, when you know you are the only one in the house The wind whistling through the eves, carrying the voices of the dead The figure glimpsed briefly through the cracked window of a derelict house Editor Jonathan Oliver brings horror home with a collection of haunted house stories by some of the finest writers working in the horror genre, including Joe R Lansdale, Sarah Pinborough, Lisa Tuttle, Christopher Priest, Adam L G Nevill, Nicholas Royle, Chaz Brenchley, Christopher Fowler, Gary Kilworth, Weston Ochse, Eric Brown, Tim Lebbon, Nina Allan, Stephen Volk, Paul Meloy and
Short story collections are always worth a look at Solaris has put together a varied team of writers to contribute a short story each all loosely based around ‘a haunted house’ the obvious that happens here is that some step up to the task better than others, Christopher Fowler writes a stand out piece in this collection called ‘An Injustice’ which takes on the tale of kids out to have fun and things just don’t go according to plan, this does seem to have a bit of a current affairs influence behind it Inside/Out by Nicholas Royle turned out to be a bit of a let down considering his novel ‘Regicide’ which was also released through Solaris was by far one of the creepiest books I have picked up in a long time, similarly Sarah Pinborough's ‘The Room Upstairs’ and Garry Kilworth's ‘Moretta’ were not quite up to scratch ‘The Windmill’ by Rebecca Levene was probably a favourite for me after reading it through a couple of times, Levene looks at prison life for somebody who thinks they rally shouldn’t be there Weston Osche Takes a bit of a different spin in ‘Driving the Milky Way’ with the tale unfolding around an R.V in a desert making for a very memorable read Jonathan Green and Adam Nevill also put across stellar pieces of work I could happily go into detail about each and every story included here in detail but then the review would end up as long as the book All in all, House of Fear is a very worthwhile project edited very well by Jonathan Oliver As always with short story collections the real beauty is being able to pick it up whenever there is a spare half hour and blast through a quick satisfying read 90% of what is included is brilliant and the other 10% isthan acceptable anyway. Very enjoyable anthology of short stories all having to do with hauntings My favorites were by Weston Ochse, Rebecca Levene, Jonathan Greene (all new to me) and of course, Joe Lansdale Nicely done, anthologies can be hit and miss but there really weren't any stories that I did not enjoy in this grouping. Fabulous anthology of haunted places and haunted people Favourite stories were by Lisa Tuttle, Adam Nevill, Robert Shearman, Sarah Pinborough, and Jonathan Green. This is one of those books you read, then go back and reread to make sure that you understand what you just read It's a short, concise, and wellwritten collection of truly haunting tales of ghosts, possession, and the experience of being human Of all the tales, the ones created by Lisa Tuttle, Weston Ochse, and Jonathan Green were among my favorites. Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear by Lisa Tuttle was a chilling modern take on a hidden place you can't find but the tantalising failure haunts you This is how you can solidly integrate today's technology with the undocumented supernatural Layer that with the personal and marital failures of the characters and you've got a great moody piece The ending is unsurprising, but the well executed mood and themes makes up for it.An Injustice by Christopher Fowler does a stunning job of turning ghost hunters on their ear and delivering a poignant message about how easily it is to haunt ourselves.Worth picking up for these two, if nothing else.