Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fuckin' Fantastic Fiction Follow-Up



There's been a healthy amount of interest in the previous post, so I'm following up with some related items.

These Greenhall/Hamilton novels, though not as well known as Baxter, are also must-reads. Both employ the author's patented 1st person point of view, and are written with the familiar sardonic dryness one expects after the previous two novels. 







As noted in correspondence from regular attendee here, Soiled Sinema, a writer of considerable note himself, Gregory A. Douglas's The Nest is cockroach heaven for those inclined towards the genre. The British Devil's Coach Horse, by Richard Lewis, also mined this terrain.



The seriously underrated Stephen Gregory delivered on the promise of The Cormorant with this '88 novel from St. Martin's Press. The Ramsey Campbell blurb is justified, as are the other reviews that hint at the book's themes of "obsession" and "breakdown". Gregory does obsession extremely well, and it's pitiful that his debut didn't earn the attention of something like Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory.



 Higgs' follow-up to The Happy Man was another grim outing with a solid thread of nihilism.

Recently, I reviewed Nathan Tyree's Mr. Overby Is Falling on this blog, and commented on the book's chilling nihilism. Higgs achieves an equal measure of nihilism here, and delivers a superb climax. 

It's a shame he abandoned the horror genre. I'd love to know why.

5 comments:

  1. I passed on a copy of CHILDGRAVE recently; guess I shouldn't have! Copies of HELLHOUND are going for ridiculous prices.

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  2. Will -- his books are becoming rarer and rarer. Copies of BAXTER are sometimes cheaper on amazon.co.uk.

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  3. Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes Ken Greenhall's fiction. I've been searching out his books ever since seeing the film adaptation of HELLHOUND back in the early nineties. Good call also on the Stephen Gregory and Eric Higgs novels, whch are all longtime favorites of mine, THE HAPPY MAN and THE WOODWITCH in particular. I too have long wondered why Higgs abandoned the genre, especially since his books appeared at the height of eighties horror boom. At least he quit while he was ahead!

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  4. Childgrave + WoodWitch + Elizabeth = 15usd.

    or

    Savage Snow = 15usd

    =

    1º option

    im very poor

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  5. Anon -- I'd go with 3 for $15 for now.

    You can get SNOW some other time. All 4 books are stunning.

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