Monday, September 09, 2013
Charles Rutledge's Book of Horror Volume 5
This isn't a 'year's best' compilation, as some of these stories were written decades ago, but it does feature some new stories and some stories by friends of mine. Being a friend doesn't get you on the list, but it doesn't keep you off either, and truthfully the stories by Heath Lowrance, Kealan Patrick Burke, and James A. Moore were some of my favorite horror tales I've read in a long time.
For my other choices, I've tried to cover a wide range from the horror genre. Charles Dickens' THE SIGNALMAN is one of my all time favorites, as is THE ASH TREE, by M.R. James. The ending of ASH TREE still packs considerable punch.
WHERE THE SUMMER ENDS is one of those tales that could only come from the South and from the dark imagination of Karl Edward Wagner and MURGUNSTRUMM, the longest story on the list, is one of Hugh B. Cave's creepiest and most justly famous stories.
The other stories, by the usual suspects, King, Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, etc, are all yarns that I've read many times. Some are spooky. Some are disturbing. And some are just flat out horrifying. So anyway, here are this year's unlucky thirteen tales of terror. As ever, I wish you shadow haunted days and sleepless nights.
1. Black Train Blues by James a. Moore
2. Bad Sanctuary by Heath Lowrance
3. The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke
4. A Black Solitude by H. Russel Wakefield
5. Gray Matter by Stephen King
6. The Ash Tree by M.R. James
7. When It was Moonlight by Manly Wade Wellman
8. Where the Summer Ends by Karl Edward Wagner
9. Murgunstrumm by Hugh B. Cave
10. The Signalman by Charles Dickens
11. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft
12. The Double Shadow by Clark Ashton Smith
13. City of the Seven Winds by Joseph Payne Brennan