Get ready the adjectives are gonna fly! I've been a fan of horror books, films, comic books ect. since I was a child(I'm 39 now) I've read countless authors, but this particular author has always dissapointed me...I've bought all of Dennis Etchison's books. I had fallen prey after reading the raving blurbs on the covers by other more successful writers. (possibly trying to boost the career of their less successful friend) BIG MISTAKE! Don't be fooled!... Now...don't get me wrong this guy is a good writer he has many awards under his belt. BIG DEAL!... that's probably because of connections(just look at the academy awards ,the grammy's, emmy' ect,) people owe him favors(or they just feel sorry)...Who knows? and who cares?! His stories are sorrowfully lacking in good ideas(they're boring, incondite, trite psychological horror gibberish and most importantly NOT SCARY!!!) and sometimes not even horror, and they almost always have lousy endings. So do yourself a favor, let those horror authors and judges who seem to think this man walks on water, enjoy Mr. Etchison at their own leisure and move on to more rewarding fruitful ground. Try Simon Clark's-Blood Crazy, Fritz Leiber's-Conjure Wife, Ramsey Campbell's-The Parasite, Thomas Tryon's-Harvest Home,The Other, Jack Ketchum's-The Lost, Richard Matheson's- Hunted Past Reason, Charles L. Grant's- In a Dark Dream, Montague R. James's- Casting the Runes , Robert R.McCammon's-Swan Song, Bentley Little's- Dominion, anything by Owl Goingback, Graham Masterson's -The Manitou,The Djinn, Thomas Tessier's-Fog Heart,phantom,The Nightwalker, f. Paul Wilson's-Nightworld,The Tomb,SIBS
even a guilty pleasure like Rick Hautala's-Little Brothers,or anything by him...if you want something scary and fun to read.