The first book that I ever read by Piccarilli was Hexes, and remember saying to myself, in near shock, "this guy can actually write!" Since then, I've read all of his available books and have not yet found any of his works which did not live up to the first impression. His prose is good enough to be enjoyed just on its own, never dull or hackneyed, and most of his stories, even the most horrific, are spiced with malicious wit and dark humor. Piccarilli certainly does write terrific stories, and he has that rare ability to endow his characters with flesh and blood in only a few well chosen lines. So we've got great stories, excellent prose , humor and wit,and utterly real characters. What more do you want? You could ask for versatility, which is another facet of Deep into That Darkness Peering. The stories, which are as elegantly structured as fine architecture, range from thrillers to out and out blood and guts horror to sensuous prose poems. And then there are the Self stories, which alone are worth the price of this book. You simply have to read these, they are so amazingly original, and so....I'm searching for adjectives here...let's just say that you will believe them. Absolutely. The Necromancer is real, and so is Self. This is probably the best collection of horror stories by one author I have encountered since those by Lovecraft and Derleth . And, if anybody in the film business is reading this, take note: there are several stories in this volume which would make much more interesting movies than most of the thriller/horror movies I have seen recently.