I have been charged with the daunting task of sorting and cataloging the Count's vast library of horror, science fiction and fantasy.Never mind the shambling figures in the shadows, they're probably just some friends of ours looking for a good book.
Grant also produced the occasional science fiction/horror hybrid tale such as this, A QUIET NIGHT OF FEAR. Here you will find old-style steampunk robots and familiar fictional robots.THE WARLORDS OF THE AIR finds Captain Oswald Bastable, formerly of the 53rd Lancers and Special Air Police, catapulted from his place in time in the North East Frontier in the year 1902 and into the future of 1973.Bastable heads for London, where he is soon airborne aboard the airship Loch Etive.But Mona has a secret there is another man in her life whom she loves with a blistering intensity that burns away everything else in her existence. He is a beautiful, green-eyed, blonde Adonis that consumes Monas every thought and desire.He is eleven years old, and he is Monas kidnapped and rope-bound captive.This is a great riff on Shelleys grand monster, a fast-paced novella that can be devoured in the span of an evening. Grant emerge from a field of mucky garbage that included really dumb giant crab and rat monster novels? Richard Matheson ushered in a new wave of grand horror storytelling and, as genres tend to do, horror split into distinct sub-genres. Grants chilly brand of terror, exemplified by his award-winning Shadows series of anthologies, ran into the 1990s and included some of the finest horror fiction of its day.
For more about the author, you may visit her online resting place at This week I present two books that prove the point that genre literature does not have to be noisy or gory to be excellent. Two distinct types of horror emerged in the 1980s, a graphic, gore-drenched style called Splatterpunk, helmed by bad boys Skipp and Spector, and Quiet Horror, a literate, atmospheric style championed by Charles L. His collection of novellas entitled Nightmare Seasons won the World Fantasy Award, and his unforgettable short story, A Crowd of Shadows won one of his two Nebula Awards. His newest collection, BUILT TO SERVE, takes a look at the burgeoning world of robots, many of which you will recognize instantly.
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Now, let's reach into the musty stacks and see what we can find..."809 JACOB STREET by Marty Young It used to be that every neighborhood had that one creepy, ill-tended house that childhood imaginations turned into monsters lairs, just as Scout and Jem Finch imagined their neighbor, Boo Radley, as a monster inhabiting a house of horrors.
In this novel published in 1981, Carole Drake, editor for a large publishing company, finds herself enveloped in a nightmare when she takes a vacation in a seaside resort called Starburst. I never thought of the Tin Man as a robot, but I suppose he was, and his sad last moments are revealed.
When vacationers begin dying, it becomes evident that time-travelers are involved and the killer may not be human. R2D2 becomes a frat party fixture, and my personal favorite robot, the terrifying Gort of The Day the Earth Stood Still fame, gets his moment herein.
Joey Blue is an aged jazzman who roams the streets in an alcoholic fugue trying to escape his own internal boogeyman that drives him to the terrible house on Jacob Street, and what he sees there isbad. Enter the new kid in town, Byron, who is finding it difficult to make new friends. Pity poor Agatha, who awakens in a shallow grave from which she agonizingly emerges over the period of a full week to stagger into the foggy, gas-lit London streets lacking all memory of her past or why she was summarily buried and left for dead.