T Also managing to entertain was John Shirley s I Want To Get
Married Says The World Says the World Smallest Man which chronicles the disastrous love life of a little person following in the footsteps of the esteemed Herve Villachaize and Rant by Nancy Collins which I ve always liked due to its complete intolerance madness and otherwise nonsensical nature Granted Rant has lost some of its luster of the years probably because I ve seen it reprinted in at least three other volumes including the lackluster Splatterpunks II which in terms of seuels goes over about as well as Gremlins 2 Rather shockingly Neil Gaiman who I usually couldn t care one way or the other about actually has one of the few worthwhile reads within with Murder Mysteries a roundabout indictment of God s alleged Master Plan and borrowing heavily from the once popular mythos of something referred to as heaven and angels Sadly of the nineteen stories collected herein these are the only five I d even care to bother with again As for the other fourteen A mostly good set of horror short stories with some stinkers in the bunch I had never heard of the publication Midnight Graffiti before but I wish publications like it existed now I m
Kind Of Sad This of sad this ended actually I was really enjoying reading thisMy five star favorite stories from this set include Rainy Season Stephen King Say Hello Mr uigley J Michael Straczynski Emerald City Blues Steven R Boyette Bad Guy Hats David J Schow Rant Nancy A Collins Murder Mysteries Neil Gaiman Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World Harlan Ellison I wanted to like most of the stories in this book I really did However a lot of them were filled with graphic horror which isn t something I like to read So I think that colored my opinion of I like to read So I think that colored my opinion of of the stories near the end of the bookOne of my favorite parts about the book was the intro that Jessica Horsting wrote It s a fascinating look at horror how it s changed over the years due to society and why we re so entranced by horror novelsmovies Jessica Horsting writes Fear is a sort of emotional chaos that can often be overwhelming so we try controlling it in a variety of ways organied religion astrology scientology computer classes aerobics housecleaning basically I see everything as a sublimation of fear except horror which is a fairly uncorrupted expression of it Horror is the only medium that regularly succeeds in relating the momunmental strangness of the world in an accessible cathartic manner It s good for you trust me What an intriguing concept Stories I loved Rainy Season I d read it in Nightmares and Dreamscapes and I found it such a creepy little storySay Hello Mister uigleyGreat great story Disturbing compelling with an unexpected twist at the end that made it oddly touchingEmerald City BluesWhat a uniue take on the end of the world and the Wizard of Oz Just brillantStories I likedRant Great story but I felt like it was missing somethingI want to get married says the world s smallest man I can t explain why I liked this story as it was pretty strange Howevr I liked itStories I didn t likeSinus Fiction Ick Just ick I was confused half the timeBad Guy Hats I liked the idea behind this but there was too much graphic violence for me to enjoy itCattletruck Utterly forgetable In fact I can t even remember what it was about Bob the Dinosaur goes to Disneyland What the heck happened in this story TerribleThe rest of the stories in the book I didn t finish because either there was too much violence or I had no clue what went on and had to stop reading something that I almost never do Some of the stories in this anthology are GREAT Some are horrible If you can find a copy I recommend it though. Ow on the Other by K W JeterThe Domino Man by Phil TisoThe New Order 3 Moral Fictions by R V BranhamMurder Mysteries by Neil GaimanHeaven Heaven Is a Place by R V BranhamWhere I Shall Dwell in the Next World by Harlan EllisonThe River Styx Runs Upstream by Dan SimmonsDark Embrace by James Van Hi.
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THE TRAIN DAILY I FIGURED MAYBE I SHOULD RESUMEtrain daily I figured maybe I should resume habit seeing as that 15 50 page stories are perfect for my rides to and from work and for my crappy lunch break where I have nothing better to do than sit on a cold metal bench alone smoking and reading occasionally interrupted by shoving some food down my gullet I briefly perused my anthologies one morning after making the decision to start re reading these oft
ignored volumes and immediately new which one I would ick this endeavorvolumes and immediately new which one I would Medicine and Religion kick this endeavor with Midnight Graffiti the perfect choice for a lifelong poseur and elitist prick Justnowing that this was tucked away in my laptop bag brought back a flood of memories from my angst ridden high school days pitifully eking out an existence as the typical underachieving uninspired white id in Suburbia USA I recollected how I d spend my idle time not building beeramids not laying the wood to some skank by ignoring the whims of my folks and sitting back smugly contented that I was reading Midnight Graffiti while all those other chumps were busy actually reading garbage assigned to them by some nimrod or another They other chumps were busy actually reading garbage assigned to them by some nimrod or another They blissfully continue to struggle through joyless slop like Dickens I was getting a little taste of Harlan Ellison Dan Simmons J Straczynski and Nancy Collins Could I possibly be any slick digging the cutting edge of contemporary fare while my foolish conformist peers wasted their time scrutinizing some 100 year old irrelevant piece of shit Well I certainly didn t think it was possible I hunkered down in the uncomfortable confines of the stairwell in my usual train car to distance myself from the bustling cretins of the world and whipped the relic nown as Midnight Graffiti out Here it was tangible proof that not only do I Valentino kick ass but have beenicking ass since back in the day Just look at the cover of the book with that badass Giger work adorning the cover Wait a second that s actually pretty crappy if Giger committed this abortion he d have set it aflame before it could leave his premises and tarnish his reputation So what the hell is that flabbergastingly poor work It turns out that the cover illustration is actually by some total fraud named Martin Cannon just some unfortunate slob without an original style of his own proving he s capable of producing something as derivative as possible of the style of Giger sans talent This was perhaps the first thing I noticed as I sat down to read the book and this wasn t very promising Come to think of it there must have been a pretty good reason to uit reading anthologies in the first place right Midnight Grafitti is uite possibly that reason I ll try to start with the positives mainly because that really isn t going to take very long Like many earlymid 90 s anthologies see Shock Rock Prime Evil and Night Screams from my small sample alone the ever present Stephen King has a seldom published contribution in Midnight Graffiti and editors Jessica Horsting and James Van Hise unwisely decide to shoot their wad immediately out of the starting gate by opening it up with Rainy Season While I don t personally consider this a very good sampling of King I can understand why they might use this almost anything else The King has written would blow all other entries so far out of the water that you couldn t realistically expect anyone to read beyond the first story Following King s lead J Michael Straczynski does a pretty good job clearing the relavtively low bar which has been set with Say Hello Mister uigley which doesn t really break any new ground with the creepy doll comes to life and menaces somebody plot but at least managed to hold my interes. K by Cliff BurnsBad Guy Hats by David J Schow'I Want to Get Married' Says the World's Smallest Man by John ShirleySpike Jones and the Reverend Sister Claudine by Rex MillerBob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland by Joe R LansdaleSalvation by Lawrence PersonRant by Nancy A CollinsBlue on One End Yell. Not my favorite horror short story collection I enjoyed Neil Gaiman s story Murder Mysteries I think that was my favorite of the collection King s Rainy Season and Simmons River Styx Flows Upstream were also gems I enjoyed Lansdale s story and Branham s story regarding Heaven both had uniue characters even though not uite typical horror stories There were uite a few stories that I didn t enjoy so ind of neutral on recommending the book I m not giving this book 5 stars only because of the stories I didn t really enjoyed that much There were some stories that I just wanted to read as fast as I could to move on to the next one I didn t skip them only because of my OCDOverall it s a great collection though amazing characters great storytelling I liked that some of the characters
were just ordinary people and others amazing beingsjust ordinary people and others amazing beings are my favorites I would read them over and over againRainy Season Say Hello Mister uigleySinus Fiction Bad Guy Hats I Want to Get Married Says the World s Smallest Man Rant Murder Mysteries The River Styx Runs Upstream Dark Embrace To me the measure of a good story is that it stays with you That doesn t have to mean in a pleasant way Some stories are not pleasant and are not designed to be That said I think it is important to bear in mind that some people can find stories that are designed to be pleasant unpleasant The intention of the writer must always contend with the prismatic mind of the readerI read Midnight Graffitti around the time it came out twenty years ago To this day I am still haunted by Emerald City Blues Bad Guy Hats and Murder Mysteries What I saw there turned me in ways that I am still processing even after all this time I thi Reprinted from the pages of the magazine Midnight Graffiti comes this spine chilling collection of stories of horror and terror from the most acclaimed masters of the genre These 20 tales include some of the most gripping fiction I ve ever encountered Consider for example David J Schow s Bad Guy Hats a detailed study of intraspecific predator prey relationships and social ecology that will have you scrutinizing even the indest seeming of people with suspicion for years to come Or Stephen King s Rainy Season first published in this collection a tale of small town s and a warning to travellers that even the most picturesue of towns may turn out to be lethal traps Or Dan Simmons The River Styx Runs Upstream a story of resurrection with a ghastly difference Midnight Graffiti offers these and 17 stories that will curdle your blood Caution Do not read at night And be sure to sleep with a nightlight on after reading the stories in this collection I m a big fan of Horror anthologies and this is one of the best I ve ever read From the terrific introduction by the editor to the last page it was very satisfying The stories range in intensity from the sheer grit of Bad Guy Hats to the uirky Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland There is something in here for everyone Everybody gets a chance to be scared by something in here all bases get covered I picked this up because it had two of my favorite authors in it Stephen King and Joe Lansdale King s story is great It s that genre of a small town with a secrettradition and what happens when outsiders
Get In If I Toadin If I toad I d ruin it As for Lansdale well I didn t
LIKE HIS ENTRY IT JUST DIDNhis entry It just didn work for me but I still love him The other stories run the gamut You ve got a weird story with Oz in it a midget with a crack head and frog rain I really liked Say Hello Mister uigley and Bad Guy Hats I couldn t stand Sinus Fiction and in fact did not finish it Still Rainy Season is my favorite and I m glad I read this I used to. With stories by Stephen King Harlan Ellison Dan Simmons David J Schow Nancy Collins Neil Gaiman and othersCONTENTSIntroduction by Jessica HorstingRainy Season by Stephen KingSay Hello Mister uigley by J Michael StraczynskiSinus Fiction by Gil LamontEmerald City Blues by Steven R BoyettCattletruc. .