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"We will travel, you and I, across a tortured land where hope struggles to grow like seed in a drought. In this land, a place with no boundaries, we'll run the freeways and back roads and we'll listen to the song of the wheels and peer into windows at lives that might be our own, if we lived in that land." So Robert McCammon introduces this superb collection of 13 stories, nominated for a 1990 Bram Stoker Award for Best Story Collection. The standouts are "Blue World" (a richly imagined novella about a priest facing temptation); "Nightcrawlers" (a World Fantasy Award-winner about a Vietnam vet in a roadside diner); "Night Calls the Green Falcon" (has-been fictional hero dons his old costume to fight real evil); "Yellowjacket Summer" (fateful stop for gas in backwoods Georgia); and "Pin" (dare you to read that one). All of the stories are excellent.
Rapid-fire action alternating with intense introspection, plus imagery that conjures visions of movie special effects, make McCammon's ( The Wolf's Hour ) multifaceted collection of new and reprinted tales worthwhile despite some uninspired story lines. In the title novella, Father John Lancaster battles temptations of the flesh and becomes a better priest as he saves the life of a cocaine-snorting porn queen. At the end of the world, described in "Something Passed By," the laws of nature go awry: water becomes combustible, concrete turns to quicksand, people move swiftly toward old age or infancy. A Vietnam veteran's nightmares materialize in "Nightcrawlers," yielding terror and death for his associates. "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" trivializes the Faustian pact by having the devil arrive for trick-or-treat on Halloween to collect his due. An old-fashioned cliff-hanger concludes each segment of "Night Calls the Green Falcon," in which a retired cinema superhero takes up his cape again to stalk a real-life prostitute's murderer.
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McCammon has a rich imagination whose talent is commensurate with King, Koontz and other contemporaries. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2012 by Jeffrey Swystun
If you haven't read this one yet, you must. After you do, you'll try to tell people about it and find that you can't. Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by Aleph Null
McCammon delivers an excellent short story collection. You will get hooked on his writing style immediatly. There is plenty of gore and twists to even keep R.Laymon fans satisfied. Read morePublished on March 16 2002 by codi heart
If you have ever read a book and wanted to actually visualize the scenes taking place on your mind's movie screen - then read anything by Mr. McCammon. This is an exceptonal book. Read morePublished on June 21 2000 by Dan Boice
Pin... Holy cow! What was going through your head when you wrote that one, Mr. McCammon? I'd say that this book was mostly good. Read morePublished on June 19 2000 by Matt C. Stedman
This book is a real page-turner, because the stories are really amusing and furthermore very different from each other. Read more
This is Robert R. MCammon in top form, without doubt. After a long time I managed to finally get a hold of this book, and I am both happy and sorry that I did so. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 1999 by Edward Gordon Brown
It is difficult to find a better assortment of tales that are off center. The beauty of the short story is that it takes you somewhere else, somewhere new in short order. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 1998