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Book Title: From the Borderlands: Stories of Terror and Madness (Borderlands, # 5)|
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The size of the: 17.94 MB
ISBN 13: 9780446610353
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The author of the book: Thomas F. Monteleone
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
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I’m sure almost all writers out there--at least, those who were writing in the 1990s and the earlier part of the 2000s--can tell you they had their list. The list consisted of those top few magazines or anthologies they submitted to on a regular basis, just praying for their shot at “the big time”. For me, one of those publications was always the BORDERLANDS anthology, edited by Elizabeth E. and Thomas F. Monteleone. I can’t tell you how many times I submitted to this thing, and never once made it.
Now, having read the FROM THE BORDERLANDS paperback anthology, originally published as BORDERLANDS 5, I see just how far off the mark I was. These stories are so far removed from what I was then--and probably am now--capable of, it’s sad.
I originally picked up this collection for the same reason I’m sure most of the people who bought it did: Stephen King’s name on the cover, promising “a new novella”. However, when I finally got around to reading this book, I didn’t even bother with King’s “Stationary Bike” because I had read it before in another of his solo collections a few years ago--that’s how long this one sat on my shelf--but considering the other talent in these pages, this was definitely money well spent.
Gary Braunbeck would have been enough for me to buy it. And his story “Rami Temporalis” is all the motivation you’d need. But then there’s Whitley Strieber’s “Father Bob and Bobby” or Bentley Little’s “The Planting”, a story that starts with the lines, “I planted her panties by moonlight. I watered them with piss.” This was a brilliant piece of horror storytelling that could be an entire course in itself, covering imagery, word choice, flow, pace, style…just a great piece of horror fiction.
Or there’s Tom Piccirilli’s “Around it Still the Sumac Grows”, which is nothing short of Pic’s usual top quality work. Another stand out for me was Bev Vincent’s “One of Those Weeks”, which read like a classic “Twilight Zone” episode, and that was all the reason I needed to love it, but then you throw Vincent’s prose on top of that and it’s just a fantastic story.
I did find a clunker here and there--Michael Canfield’s “The Food Processor” seemed weird for weirdness’ sake but didn’t seem to offer much substance, while Brett Alexander Savory’s “Slipknot” just kind of fell flat for me--but the ratio of awesome to not in this collection is so much in favor of awesome, it’s hard to hold a less than great story against it when you compare that to the good ones. And the good ones here aren’t just good, they’re great like Frosted Flakes.
Now I can look back on those Borderlands rejections and say, “Yeah, okay. You were right.” Because no matter how good I thought those stories were, they weren’t on this level.
I wouldn’t call this collection a new direction in horror fiction, or the future of horror fiction, or even say this is where horror is headed. It’s already here. These authors just got there before most of the rest of us.
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