Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I also read Peter Brandvold's novella The Canyon (written under his pen name, Frank Leslie) which is a horror Western that features series character Yakima Henry. I've read a couple of Brandvold's other 'weird westerns' Bad Wind Blowing and Ghost Colts, and found him to be a good horror writer. The Canyon is another strong entry, though the ending may surprise fans of Yakima Henry.
I picked up a collection of short stories by Charles Beaumont, who wrote one of my favorite episodes of the original Twilight Zone, The Howling Man. That story gives this collection its title, but there are many other gems in the book. Beaumont was one of those writers who, like Joseph Payne Brennan, seemed to be a fountain of original ideas. Writers like Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson all praise Beaumont's abilities. Having read about half the stories in the book now, I can see why. Amazing stuff.
Still not finding much on the novel front to hold my attention, so short stories and non fiction are filling the reading maw for now. I've got a couple of books that I'm holding onto for a rainy day, and that day may come soon.