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  • Library Binding: 435 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417650494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417650491
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2013
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This is an entertaining and skillfully written collection of twelve short stories and one novella from a master of horror. They range in quality from very good to simply amazing. Those who are fans of the horror genre will delight in these highly imaginative and creepy stories, some of which are downright scary! ). There is definitely something for everyone in this collection, where the mundane is elevated to a sublime level of horror.

My special favorites are "Yellowjacket Summer" (a wrong turn off a highway), "I Scream Man!" (a special game of scrabble), "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" (a frightening Halloween in a small town), "Chico" (an idiot savant with a special gift), "The Red House" (the significance of being different), and "Something Passed By" (the end of the world as we know it). So, if horror is your genre, do not pass up this collection of artfully crafted stories.
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2012
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McCammon has a rich imagination whose talent is commensurate with King, Koontz and other contemporaries. Unfortunately there were only a few entries in this collection that were entertaining and of quality. The novella "Blue World" that takes up half the space was a bit slow and too sweet for my taste. The standout stories were "Nightcrawlers" because anything with a Vietnam vet that was the victim of an Agent Orange-type chemical is worth it. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" is cool nostalgia and "Yellowjacket Summer" read like a collaboration with Stephen King. "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" took some inspiration from Jackson's "The Lottery". "Something Passed By" was the most inventive where McCammon creates an overwhelming post-apocalyptic world demonstrating his vivid imagination.
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Robert McCammon burst onto the horror scene like a lightning bolt and scared the [heck] out of many jaded horror fans. He was like King and Straub combined. He was a master storyteller and amazed many that read him for the first time. However, when he tried to cross over and write mainstream fiction, he was rejected. So he retired; however rumor is he has been accepted and is on the comeback trail with mainstream fiction. Gone South and Mine are perfect examples he can succeed.
Blue World is short stuff at it's best. McCammon pulls no punches and is quite adept at pulling off some chills and thrills in the short form. Here are some worthy mentions of kudos.
"Makeup" is about a small-time thief who breaks into a museum and steals the wrong thing. He steals a makeup bag by a B-movie horror actor. His contact refuses to pay anything for it and the hoodlum tries the makeup on, to hilarious results.
"I Scream Man" is chilling and very good.
"Something Passed By" is an end of the world type doomsday short that is very entertaining and thought-provoking. It is one of McCammon's best.
"Blue World", the title, is about 175 pages of detailed description of a priest in distress about his obsession with a porn star. It is a very easy read; entertaining and thought-provoking about the things a priest must go through to test his faith. McCammon must have researched the adult industry becuase it is a very good accounting. This is just a great novella.
And as usual, you will have fun with anything McCammon writes. Let us hope he is coming back to the fold soon.
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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. I've lost two copies of this book that way and am about to buy my third.
To be fair, some of the stories in this book aren't that good. I'm not going to name any names--ahem, titular--but when he is good, he is very good. Worth the money.
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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. The short story entitled : Blue World is somewhat of a spoiler in the row of brilliant horror storys of which Chico is the best.
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It is a shame that Robert R. McCammon has stopped publishing his work, and this book is a great example why.
The highlight of the book was the first story, "Yellowjacket Summer." This story starts in a small town. Everything seems hunky dory. A kid who works at a gas station is talking to the owner about baseball...just a good old American day. Then a van arrives, running out of gas, and discover everything in the town is not as normal as it seems.
Another highlight was the Green Falcon story, where a retired actor decides to take care of the bad guys himself by donning his old super-hero uniform. The title story, Blue World, puts us right in the middle of a priest's struggle with his faith manifested in his obsession with a porn star.
All of the stories in this book were enjoyable, but these just stood out for me. In my view, McCammon is second only to Stephen King in the horror field, so if you like short horror fiction, this is definitely the book for your.
Oh, and if you're wondering why McCammon isn't publishing his work anymore, it's because he wanted to branch out into other genres (namely, into mainstream fiction) but his publishers put constant pressure on him to write horror.
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