4.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD BEYOND IMAGINATION...
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD BEYOND IMAGINATION...,
This review is from: Blue World (Kindle Edition)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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses,
5.0 out of 5 stars McCammon at his best...,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pin, you are my friend.,
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great short story collection,
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shame McCammon is no Longer Writing...,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Collective Horror,
"Blue World", a collection of several short stories and one novella actually entitled "Blue World" is easily the finest horror collection since the days of Poe, and I don't think thats an exaggeration. McCammon's stories differ so greatly, dealing with so many plot, issues and characters, each one brings you into a separate and chilling world from the surreal, apocalyptic world of "Something Passed By" to the gritty, realistic, and quietly visceral 'real world' of "Blue World". The stories induce equal amounts of terror and wonder, and the highlights are (aside from the entire book) "Pin" - an absolutely bone-chilling narrative from the point of view of a psychopath who seems very real, "Doom City", "Night Crawlers", "He'll Come Knocking At Your Door", and the absolute best, "Blue World" itself. The final story is a frighteningly involving, realistic story of temptation and violence, dealing with outer demons in the form of serial killing maniacs, and the inner demons of a gentle priest slowly losing his grip on his faith. It's a brilliant psychological portrait as well as a stunning, violent serial killer story.
Read this collection. It's already won several awards. Its a shame that McCammon doesn't seem to be writing anymore, because all of his books are just as incredible as these stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Scream Man !,
Happy reading. Just do it with the lights dim...and at night. You'll weird yourself out.
4.0 out of 5 stars One word... Pin.,
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine selection of great stories,
This book is a real page-turner, because the stories are really amusing and furthermore very different from each other.
If you like authors like King, Koontz, Straub, Kellerman and you read them all or got tired of them (especially of King ;-) ) and you want to read really good horror-books then try Robert McCammon.
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