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Book Title: Night Visions 6|
The author of the book: Dean Koontz
ISBN 13: 9780913165362
Edition: Dark Harvest
Date of issue: 1988
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The standout story was "Monsters", by Ray Garton. It's a scathing critique of religious zealotry and repression. The critique veers into the pretentiously-hamfisted near the end, especially during the terminally-ill friend's "I'm better than them because I'm not controlled by doctrine and ritual smugfest, and the protagonist, Roger, is a tool with the unmistakable waft of eau de douche, but he's sympathetic all the same. It's hard not to sympathize with someone persecuted by zealots for the sin of daring to write books with which they disagree.
The other stories were okay, but curiously fatuous, devoid of substance. I know that on the surface, horror isn't a serious genre; we're treating with monsters and bogies, for Christ's sake, with tropes that necessarily carry a patina of the absurd, but there is often a very serious foundation underpinning the huggermugger. There are werewolves, zombies, ghosts, demons, and worms with sentience and the capacity for organization and cooperation, but the story isn't really about them. While the story is pointing them out to us with the bombastic glee of the carnival barker, it's also whispering unpleasant secrets into our unwilling ears. Everything is not okay. The world is not kind. Sometimes you lose even when you try. Horror is the ultimate scolding mother, wagging its fleshless finger at us and reminding us what happens when we do bad things. When we're not paying attention. When we dismiss the warning from the crazy old coot who lives down the road and wears pee-stained overalls.
These stories, for the most part, were just there, competent proofs of the hypothesis that someone could write. Well, fine. Now what? So your bogey had unearthly, glowing red eyes. And? Why is that scary? Because the standard cliches in your horror handbook say they should be? Try harder. Maybe they would be if your characterization and prose weren't as dull and lifeless as the dead garden requested by the mysterious, wealthy client.
Anthologies are a mixed bag. If there are a dozen stories, two or three will be excellent, double that number will be mediocre, and the rest will be absolute dogs, unrepentant blights upon the genre that make you wonder when sedated chimpanzees learned to operate typewriters, or just how desperate the editor was to be shut of the project and pay his light bill. "Feelings" and "Monsters" were excellent, "Faces" is unremarkable, and "The Gardener" is a bland snorefest. Perhaps the latter would have had more impact if the protagonist had been as dastardly as the writer would have us believe, but he was simply a garden-variety tool, and his supposed harsh treatment of his spurned paramour was relatively inoffensive? He's a terrible cad deserving of a terrible death because Ilinina failed to make her culture's customs about sex abundantly clear before they had sex? And because he didn't love her forever and ever after a few short months? Mmmkay. He's a jerk, sure, but that hardly warrants a death sentence, especially when the author falls to give any content for their relationship beyond "they had dinner and sex." There was no manipulation, no broken vow, just a sheltered girl having a strop because her first relationship ended. Because the supposed villain of the piece had committed a cardinal sin only in the mind of the author, there wasn't even the shameful, vicarious thrill of just desserts deliciously served. It was a pointless exercise in the act of writing, and a waste of time.
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Read information about the authorAcknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.
Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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