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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: CARROLL & GRAF PUBLISHERS; Reprint edition (March 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881846104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881846102
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,923,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shaking off his Lovecraftian roots, Campbell wrote these stories to bring horror fiction into the present day--tales where nightmares happen in everyday life, though perhaps only glimpsed out of the corner of one's eye. Campbell realized that the old techniques of elaborately building up suspense had lost their force, and instead used understatement and misdirection to scare the reader before they realized they'd been scared. I know this is an overused word, but this book really is a masterpiece, and well worth tracking down if it's out of print.
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3 dollars! Every horror fan should own a copy of this book which is a perfect introduction to Campbells quite dense, detailed and inherently eerie style of writing. If your bored with King and want to try something new you could do MUCH worse then spend a few precious dollars of this collection od subtle horror stories.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Do you remember when horror fiction really scared you? Nov. 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shaking off his Lovecraftian roots, Campbell wrote these stories to bring horror fiction into the present day--tales where nightmares happen in everyday life, though perhaps only glimpsed out of the corner of one's eye. Campbell realized that the old techniques of elaborately building up suspense had lost their force, and instead used understatement and misdirection to scare the reader before they realized they'd been scared. I know this is an overused word, but this book really is a masterpiece, and well worth tracking down if it's out of print.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Shame to see out of print Jan. 12 2007
By Alexander Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's a shame to see DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT out of print - Ramsey Campbell is one of the more successful followers in HP Lovecraft's footsteps and certainly a successful author in his own right. I believe that it was August Derleth who encouraged a young Campbell to refine his talents and publishing his first work, "The Church in the High Street." Campbell, for a while, played the Lovecraft game with secret deities, horrors from beyond, and ancient things waiting. Campbell was able to take elements from the Lovecraft canon and reshape them into something of his own, something more British maybe; COLD PRINT collects more of these stories, also THE INHABITANT IN THE LAKE. DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT has less of Lovecraft and more of James; the banality of evil and all that. I'll list the contents of this collection:

Potential

The End of a Summer's Day

At First Sight

The Franklyn Paragraphs

The Interloper

The Sentinels

The Guy

The Old Horns

The Lost

The Stocking

The Second Staircase

Concussion

The Enchanted Fruit

Made in Goatswood
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A truly innovative work with some minor drawbacks Nov. 4 2013
By Tor S. Thidesen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book.
As a reader and admirer of Lovecraft - though no expert nor well-versed, as such - I had high hopes. I was expecting Lovecraft minus the repetition and updated to more modern horror scenes. I was hoping for more rounded Lovecraftian tales.

But the "horror" in these stories are hardly Lovecraftian. And the language is far, far away from Lovecraft.
Unlike the easy and light language of Lovecraft and most horror stories, Campbells text is dense, multilayered, at times flowery, at times hard to follow, and - unlike most horror - requires close concentration.

At first I was put off by this. But as I read on, deciding to take Campbell at his own level, I found the stories fulfilling and utterly inventive. The horror is mainly psychological, almost realistic and soci-culturally significant - a surprise within the genre. The stories, unlike H.P are not of "beast of unknown" or strange unknowable figures of the night. No, they are as the title says: Demons by DAYLIGHT.
Not monsters, but the monsters of the subconscious.
Sexual tension, rivalry, dark pasts and all to human motives drive the horror in this collection. Whether it's lovers acting out hostile unintentional revenges or horrific breakdowns of communication, they all leave you first wondering where the horror "is", only to realize the text shows a much more real terror.

The story 'The Interloper by Errol Undercliffe' could be discussed at length. An interesting piece of meta-fiction, and both adventurous enough and similar enough to be both within and outside the Lovecraft universe.

This being said: The language is decidedly of a bygone era. Not long gone, but of a time before youtube and Netflix, when there was "time" for more dense prose. A time before the fat was trimmed.
Personally, I believe the lighter prose of contemporary literature is an improvement. Instead of being a proof of the "dumbing down" of our minds, it's a compromise between reader and writer. Like many books written before the last twenty years, so much text could have been removed with little damage to the artistic intent.
This is, of course, subjective.
If you don't mind, or even prefer, this older dense prose, you will find this book sublime.
If, however, you expect Stephen King prose, you'll be put off at first. You might read on and get the same surprise I did.

But my final statement is that this book _could_ have been more, so much more. I am unable to get past the hostility and impenetrability of the prose. But that's a personal preference.
I wont return to Campbell, but learned a lot more than I expected and understand the genre more by this strange detour in the landscape.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Damnably eerie March 15 2013
By G. J. Mcintyre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't ready for Ramsey Campbell. It was 1974, I was 12 and a Lovecraft fanatic and I picked up Mr Campbell's "Demons By Daylight" in a Star paperback edition. The blurb on the back led me to expect Cthulhuoid stuff. But what I got was REALLY disturbing - and it ironically made me realise that the Lovecraftian rip off I was expecting would actually have been a reassuring matter. Mr Campbell said himself that this volume was his self-conscious effort to make a break with HPL. To do this he adopted a terse elliptic fragmented style that owed more to M R James. These stories are, as it were, stripped to the bone. Sometimes the sheer brevity induces confusion but this too adds to the sense of dislocation. As a consequence this is one of the few horror compilations that genuinely disturbed me. Some of the tales are like raw nightmares, or rather "daymares" since the whole aim here seems to be to take the supernatural out of its customary spectral setting and have it constantly hovering in mundane sunlit avenues.

Standout tales include "The Interloper" (a school inspector turns out to be......????), "The Old Horns" (a seaside disappearance leads to a fleeting pagan visitation), and, best of all in my opinion, "The Sentinels" (a hilltop circle of stone statues is accompanied by some inexplicable addition).

It is scandalous that this nigh perfect collection seems to be no longer available.
Campbells take on Lovecraft works well April 17 2013
By Kortick - Published on Amazon.com
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Demons by Daylight is a book that Campbell in the introduction states are a collection of stories that were written by him with H P Lovecrafts influences in mind. What he does though, is create very good original stories that do not copy Lovecraft but expand on his influence to make a great collection.

Written early in his career, these stories show the potential that Campbell had as an author and one can see how he has achieved the status he has as a great horror writer. A hard to find book at the time of this review, but there are still copies floating around for reasonable prices. When you do find a copy of this book at a good price, dont hesitate, just get it.

As a fan of either horror or Campbell, you will not be disappointed.


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