2012: 3. Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and Ghosts

"He remembered how carefully and expertly Grandmother would fondle the cold cut guts of the chicken and withdrew the marvels therein; the wet shining loops of meat-smelling intestine, the muscled lump of heart, the gizzard with the collection of seeds in it." ~ First line of "The Man Upstairs" by Ray Bradbury

Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and Ghosts: 25 Classic Stories of the Supernatural ed. Barbara Solomon and Eileen Panetta

       This is one of the best collections of supernatural tales I've read.  It has few of the usual supects (indeed the only "classic" one is an excerpt from Dracula), and lots of variety, as the title suggests.  It also has a lot of modern writers - not just Stephen King, but even a story by Joe Hill, which can't be more than ten years old.  Not only that, the stories capture a variety moods - from super creepy (Bradbury's "The Man Upstairs" quoted above, Joe Hill's tale), to the goofy (Woody Allen's "Count Dracula", Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost").  I always struggle to talk about short story collections here - it's hard to say much more beyond I liked it/I didn't, but I really recommend this collection.  Solomon and Panetta did a great job of curating a collection of creepy, funny, supernatural tales, and managed to do it without "Whistle & I'll Come To You My Lad" OR "The Monkey's Paw,"  which alone should recommend it!*

Categories:  Fiction 

*Which is to say that I compare this favorably to the last book of ghost stories I read.

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