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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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,793,138 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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7797768) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa779c438) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa779c8a0) out of 5 stars 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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa779c8c4) out of 5 stars A truly innovative work with some minor drawbacks Nov. 4 2013
By Tor SR. 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
HASH(0xa779cbdc) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa779cd2c) out of 5 stars Not bad, just not for me. May 29 2016
By AN AVID READER - Published on Amazon.com
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It's strange, because I really enjoyed Nazareth Hill when I read it a few years back. I found these stories hard to follow, with things a bit too-well concealed to fully enjoy them. I have nothing against this kind of writing, but I have to be honest with myself. I like reading because it is fun, enjoyable, and exciting, but there's no excitement for me when so many details are skimmed, and the formatting is so strange (maybe because my paperback edition is almost 45 years old, and from England?) that I have to give a ton of concentration to understand the story that I couldn't fully enjoy it. In my honest opinion, this seems a bit like a young writer trying a bit too hard.
The lighter tales in the book, such as the Forbidden Fruit and Made in Goatswood, are quite enjoyable. The Sentinels was probably the best story for me, thanks to the incredibly eerie images that it brought to mind. The setting of this one was fantastic, the suspense nearly overwhelming. If the rest were like this, I'd have to think about whether to give the book four or five stars.
Although I'm not a fan of this collection as a whole, the few bright spots for me were time well spent, and I still got plenty of hope for Dark Companions, and for Campbell in general.


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