5.0 out of 5 stars McCammon at his best...
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...
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Darren Jacks
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...
Published 23 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
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5.0 out of 5 stars McCammon at his best...,
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shame McCammon is no Longer Writing...,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Collective Horror,
McCammon is the best modern horror writer out there, his involving style and well drawn, believable characters blow the likes of King, Koontz, or Barker out of the water. He is one of very few authors alive who, so far as I know, has never written a bad book.
"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.
4.0 out of 5 stars One word... Pin.,
Pin... Holy cow! What was going through your head when you wrote that one, Mr. McCammon? I'd say that this book was mostly good. The best stories were Nightcrawlers and He'll Come Knocking at Your Door (Great story to tell on Halloween). Something Passed By was also very inventive especially with using noted horror author's names throughout. And then there's Pin... What can I say about Pin... You just have to read it. I'd say the weakest story in the whole lot was the title short novel Blue World. It just seemed a bit cliche to me, it reminded me of one of those so-called erotic thrillers you see on late night cable that are neither erotic nor thrilling, the characters were pretty good and the clash of personalities between the priest and the porn-star was captivating at times, I'll give it that, but there was very little suspense and no surprises whatsoever. The bad guy was just a typical bad guy, there was nothing about him that made him particularly menacing and the ending was just... an ending. It seems that McCammon focused on creating the relationship between the two main characters, the actual story was inconsequential, making for a, well, inconsequential story. But jeez... Pin...
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this considered a classic? It very well should be!,
This is Robert R. MCammon in top form, without doubt. After a long time I managed to finally get a hold of this book, and I am both happy and sorry that I did so. Because, as soon as I started reading it, I was hooked and couldn't let the book down. Mr. McCammon made me damn uneasy with the reading of "Mine" (it was the second ever book to actually made me consider stopping it for fear it was going to scare the heck out of me- the first was Stephen King's "Pet Sematary")and he repeats his success at scaring me with "Blue World". The novella is the only one I have not read as of yet, but I can say that of the stories which I read, "I Scream Man!", "Makeup" and "Doom City" especially got me turning the pages faster than I could read them. There is a "Twilight Zone" aspect to some of them, and in "Makeup" for instance I could already picture it as a "Tales of the Crypt" episode. Needless to say, I LOVE both Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, and now have become an even greater fan of Mr. McCammon than I was before, thanks to this collection, scheduled to be (if not already) a classic in its genre. A note for Mr. McCammon: They can do any kind of comparison they want with your work, sir...but you are unique in your field. There is only one Robert R. McCammon out there, and he needs to come back on scene quickly. Hats off and a standing ovation to this man, author of classics such as the mind-numbing, stomach cramping "Mine" and the undescribably fantastic "Swan Song" alongside with seemingly everyone's favorite bedside companion, "Boy's Life" which could very well be re-titled as "An engrossing recollection of memoirs in the life of a 12-year old citizen of Zephyr, Alabama" This is what storytelling in the grand tradition is about, proving that there still are people who care enough to produce stories with the primary intention of entertaining, and not for the sake of a mere contractual obligation.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Scream Man !,
If you have ever read a book and wanted to actually visualize the scenes taking place on your mind's movie screen - then read anything by Mr. McCammon. This is an exceptonal book. It will remind you of the more twisted endings from Twilight Zone shorts and the more visceral scenes from OUter Limits episodes. The subtlety of his writing in some places and the out-and-out shock value doesn't you the warm fuzzies. You will actually feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up after reading "Doom City" & "I Scream Man" and your skin will tingle after "Yellowjacket Summer."
Happy reading. Just do it with the lights dim...and at night. You'll weird yourself out.
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of shorts with fantastic novel at end,
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I particularly liked "Something Passed This Way" and "YellowJacket Summer", but thought
"Blue World" was absolutely great. McCammon always takes unusual situations and weaves them into very human, touching tales. If you read this review, please Mr. McCammon consider a sequel to Blue World. Would love to see what becomes of Father John (Lucky) Lancaster and Debbie (Debra Rocks) Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Pin, you are my friend.,
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.
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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