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READ PDF æ Waking Nightmares ì A collection of terrifying short fiction features stories about forests full of wooden demons and houses haunted by the future By the author of The Count of Eleven ReprintFiction and Essays view Full ListingIntroduction Waking Nightmares essay by Ramsey Campbell The Guideshort story by Ramsey Campbell Next Time You ll Know Meshort story by Ramsey Campbell Second Sightshort story by Ramsey Campbell The Tricknovelette by Ramsey Campbell In the Treesshort story by Ramsey Campbell Another Worldshort story by Ramsey Campbell Playing the Gameshort story by Ramsey Campbell Bedtime Storyshort story by Ramsey Campbell Watch the Birdieshort story by Ramsey Campbell Old Clothesshort story by Ramsey Campbell Beyond Worldsshort story by Ramsey Campbell Jack in the Boxshort story by Ramsey Campbell Eye of Childhoodshort story by Ramsey Campbell The Other Sideshort story by Ramsey Campbell Where the Heart Isshort story by Ramsey Campbell Being an Angelshort story by Ramsey Campbell It Helps If You Singshort story by Ramsey Campbell The Old Schoolshort story by Ramsey Campbell Meeting the Authorshort story by Ramsey Campbell Great collection of brutal little stories The last story is by far the best, but most of them are quite good. After quiet enjoying Campbell s The Influence, I m finding this collection of stories drawn from over a similar period rather underwhelming Campbell here maintains an exquisite sense of place and image, and never really tips over into embarrassing over reveals like lesser horror writers, but all the same there s just not that much going on beneath the surface here, at least as can be developed over 20 or so pages I recall having the same issue with Harlan Ellison collections I ve read not pur After quiet enjoying Campbell s The Influence, I m finding this collection of stories drawn from over a similar period rather underwhelming Campbell here maintains an exquisite sense of place and image, and never really tips over into embarrassing over reveals like lesser horror writers, but all the same there s just not that much going on beneath the surface here, at least as can be developed over 20 or so pages I recall having the same issue with Harlan Ellison collections I ve read not purely entertaining enough to be pure entertainment, yet not really necessary for anything else Campbell, at least, is a far better prose technician, I think, and creates far stronger images The most chilling and recommendable here so far, actually, is the least supernatural Another World which details a confused young man forced to step out into the urban world beyond his cloistered home after the death of his hyper religious father Not so incidentally another couple stand outs, Being an Angel and It Helps If You Sing , also skewer obsessive or cultish religion, marking Campbell as a kind of corrective to the dominant Catholicism of all too much horror fiction unless he s like Flannery O Connor, actually a Catholic loathing evangelicals Just in front of Angel, the longest story in the collection is The Trick and the extra time and care elevates it above the others as well along with its strong sense of place and the dreary mythic lore of a suburban street Perhaps I just need that extra room for development and changing expectations for these to really stick with me So, for me, enjoyable and competent, intermittently great, occasionally running together a bit I probably should have stretched these out over a few months, actually, rather than get it from the library and so force consumption into mostly a matter of days Just as Midnight Sun made me a fan of Ramsey Campbell in the novel form, Waking Nightmares has shown me what Campbell can do in the short formand I m mighty impressed This is the rare collection that pleased me top to bottom not a dud exists among this book s 19 stories Sure, I liked somethan others, but they re all really quite close Written over the span of the 1980s, these stories were previously published in other anthologies and magazines, but all were new to me I think my Just as Midnight Sun made me a fan of Ramsey Campbell in the novel form, Waking Nightmares has shown me what Campbell can do in the short formand I m mighty impressed This is the rare collection that pleased me top to bottom not a dud exists among this book s 19 stories Sure, I liked somethan others, but they re all really quite close Written over the span of the 1980s, these stories were previously published in other anthologies and magazines, but all were new to me I think my favorite is The Old School , a late entry about a concerned teacher, some kids, and an abandoned school From the first line to the last Campbell effectively ratchets the tension, and he nails the landing Maybe this story worked so well because I have a fascination with abandoned schools and malls, and hotels Other favorites include Meeting the Author a young child is stalked by the spirit of an angry children s author and his pop up character Next Time You ll Know Me a deep dive into the psychological makeup of an angry, paranoid amateur writer convinced his ideas are stolen Second Sight a blind musician is forced to relive a traumatic, horrific experience from his boyhood Another World an adult cultist has escaped from under his father s thumb and into the outside world for the first time Old Clothes an old coat is possibly the vehicle for the dead s revenge The Other Side a teacher becomes obsessed with a clown like figure wreaking havoc across from his flat Where the Heart Is a man sells his home after his wife s passing, and comes to regret itMaking him want to return Waking Nightmares is a masterful collection sure to satisfy any horror lover, and I d recommend those new to Ramsey Campbell start here I m certainly going to readof his short fiction and soon This is a collection of short horror and supernatural fiction published between 1980 89 and prefaced by a short introduction in which the author outlines the circumstances in which they were written On the one hand, I admire the atmosphere and technique in which the very setting of the stories often contributes to a sense of claustrophobia, futility and ultimately inevitability of the protagonist s fate On the other, reading so many over a couple of days does emphasise the similarity between s This is a collection of short horror and supernatural fiction published between 1980 89 and prefaced by a short introduction in which the author outlines the circumstances in which they were written On the one hand, I admire the atmosphere and technique in which the very setting of the stories often contributes to a sense of claustrophobia, futility and ultimately inevitability of the protagonist s fate On the other, reading so many over a couple of days does emphasise the similarity between some of them, and in the setting characters, especially when two stories about teachers are set back to back, the first being far superior to the second.The better stories in the collection evoke a sense of disorientation In the Trees , for example, which well evokes the panic of becoming lost in a wood, especially when something unfriendly seems to be in there with you or the sense of being controlled by adults and their not well understood own burdens as in Eye of Childhood One or two, however, seem so over the top Playing the Game , The Other Side that they are in danger of straying into the arena of self parody.Some are truly horrific Another World and It Helps if You Sing being examples I found The Guide particularly affecting this story in the style of M R James, and featuring a guidebook that James actually wrote, details a fate which is certainly undeserved by the lonely widower who explores a clifftop church rather reminiscent of the one in James iconic story Oh Whistle and I ll Come to You, My Lad.Given that I found the collection rather uneven as suggested, I ve settled on a 3 star rating