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• Potential [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The End of a Summer's Day - (1973) • At First Sight - (1973) • The Franklyn Paragraphs [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The Interloper - (1973) • The Sentinels - (1973) • The Guy - (1973) • The Old Horns - (1973) • The Lost - (1973) • The Stocking - (1968) • The Second Staircase - (1973) • Concussion - (1973) • The Enchanted Fruit - (1973) • Made in Goa • Potential [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The End of a Summer's Day - (1973) • At First Sight - (1973) • The Franklyn Paragraphs [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The Interloper - (1973) • The Sentinels - (1973) • The Guy - (1973) • The Old Horns - (1973) • The Lost - (1973) • The Stocking - (1968) • The Second Staircase - (1973) • Concussion - (1973) • The Enchanted Fruit - (1973) • Made in Goatswood [Severn Valley] - (1973)


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• Potential [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The End of a Summer's Day - (1973) • At First Sight - (1973) • The Franklyn Paragraphs [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The Interloper - (1973) • The Sentinels - (1973) • The Guy - (1973) • The Old Horns - (1973) • The Lost - (1973) • The Stocking - (1968) • The Second Staircase - (1973) • Concussion - (1973) • The Enchanted Fruit - (1973) • Made in Goa • Potential [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The End of a Summer's Day - (1973) • At First Sight - (1973) • The Franklyn Paragraphs [Severn Valley] - (1973) • The Interloper - (1973) • The Sentinels - (1973) • The Guy - (1973) • The Old Horns - (1973) • The Lost - (1973) • The Stocking - (1968) • The Second Staircase - (1973) • Concussion - (1973) • The Enchanted Fruit - (1973) • Made in Goatswood [Severn Valley] - (1973)

30 review for Demons by Daylight (Star Horror)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a good one! I've had it since the 1980's, and it's survived all my book scourges! I can't recall a damn thing about any of the stories! Nothing! But, again it survived all the scourges. The biggest and most heartbreaking scourge was in 2010. That's the year I got rid of over 2000 books. Sure, I still have a few thousand, but..😢 Yet, somehow, I have kept this, and all Campbell's books. He is that good! If you had only seen all those popular author's that I gave away, just to keep Campbell! This is a good one! I've had it since the 1980's, and it's survived all my book scourges! I can't recall a damn thing about any of the stories! Nothing! But, again it survived all the scourges. The biggest and most heartbreaking scourge was in 2010. That's the year I got rid of over 2000 books. Sure, I still have a few thousand, but..😢 Yet, somehow, I have kept this, and all Campbell's books. He is that good! If you had only seen all those popular author's that I gave away, just to keep Campbell! I once loved how his stories pulsed with menace. Now I'm 56, and have no patience. Not Mr. Campbell's fault! Just mine. Time..It's ticking away from me!🎵🎶

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janie C.

    This collection of horror stories has its own singular style and sense of atmosphere. Each story is darkly enchanting and finely written. Some stories are stronger and more fully realized than others, though all are cloaked in a sense of portentousness. Denouements are not always revealed as solid events, but are hinted at through occurrences with suggestible endings. The author creates environments that can be seen in detail by the mind's eye and are as tactile as the book we hold in our hands. This collection of horror stories has its own singular style and sense of atmosphere. Each story is darkly enchanting and finely written. Some stories are stronger and more fully realized than others, though all are cloaked in a sense of portentousness. Denouements are not always revealed as solid events, but are hinted at through occurrences with suggestible endings. The author creates environments that can be seen in detail by the mind's eye and are as tactile as the book we hold in our hands. Religious beliefs are challenged by a hostile universe, and nature is alluring in its menace. Psychological themes become hallucinatory as memory chases time in hallucinatory ripples. I felt myself in other worlds while between the covers of this collection, and will be sure to seek out much more of Ramsey Campbell's work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    My first introduction to the work of Ramsey Campbell was, I have to say, quite a shock. He's not going to be for everyone, that's for sure. What you have here are not coherent stories relayed in a conventional manner and the horror is not conventionally scary. His stories are more oblique and scary in more subtle ways. They seem to get more cryptic as the collection progresses. The number of stories I feel I fully got my head around were definitely in the minority. On top of that is his sparce, j My first introduction to the work of Ramsey Campbell was, I have to say, quite a shock. He's not going to be for everyone, that's for sure. What you have here are not coherent stories relayed in a conventional manner and the horror is not conventionally scary. His stories are more oblique and scary in more subtle ways. They seem to get more cryptic as the collection progresses. The number of stories I feel I fully got my head around were definitely in the minority. On top of that is his sparce, jagged prose that has to be read to be believed. Imagine the converse of Lovecraft who gave obsessive attention to detail, Campbell on the other hand, is concerned with only imagery and atmoshpere. Imagine watching a movie which is a sequence of still images fading in and out on screen every few seconds, each conveying a key scene or plot development. Campbells stories read a bit like that. Thus the narrative and dialog can be confusing and require careful reading. However the imagery is wonderfully evokative, powerfully conveying the sense of unease and atmosphere. Reading campbell is not a passive affair, he does not spell everything out, forcing the reader to make deductions and draw inferences in order to make sense of the plot. In addition, the sparce prose requires the use of imagination to fill in the gaps. This will either be a positive or negative depending on what you want from a book. Those who like a little subtlety in their horror will like what they find here, especially if you they prepared to actively engage with the stories. Those who are more passive readers, who prefer to have things spelled out and the horror in your face will probably not like this at all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bill Hsu

    Dec 2019: revisiting some old pieces. The section "Errol Undercliffe: a tribute" contains two stories. "The Franklyn Paragraphs" seems to be one of Campbell's least collected pieces. I vaguely remember enjoying it decades ago, so am curious why it's not in (for example) the Tor edition of Cold Print, or the omnibus Alone with the Horrors. The "lost books/vanished writers" trope is pretty well-worn by now, but this was an early 70s take, solidly situated in its time. Campbell slaps on an extra lev Dec 2019: revisiting some old pieces. The section "Errol Undercliffe: a tribute" contains two stories. "The Franklyn Paragraphs" seems to be one of Campbell's least collected pieces. I vaguely remember enjoying it decades ago, so am curious why it's not in (for example) the Tor edition of Cold Print, or the omnibus Alone with the Horrors. The "lost books/vanished writers" trope is pretty well-worn by now, but this was an early 70s take, solidly situated in its time. Campbell slaps on an extra level of indirection: the narrator is himself, complete with titles of Lovecraftian tales, who is looking into the disappearance of his correspondent and fellow writer Errol Undercliffe, who in turn is investigating the vanished writer Roland Franklyn. Lots of writerly in-jokes and namedropping: Pursewarden (apparently a Lawrence Durrell character?), Sebastien Knight (ha!) and the by now overused Robert Blake. It's briskly executed, with a sly ending; whether you enjoy it or not will depend on how tired you are of these riffs. The other piece in the same section, "The Interloper by Errol Undercliffe", didn't make much of an impression on me. Similarly, I've been disappointed with the more celebrated stories ("The Guy", "The End of a Summer's Day", "The Old Horns" etc). Maybe even my vague memories were enough to diminish their effectiveness; after all they're quite short. I actually did enjoy "Potential", which I don't remember at all. It follows a familiar pattern: guy goes to a lame hippy party, feels out of place, gets talked into going to another, darker event, where weird things happen. Lovecraft is namedropped twice, but none of the supernatural entities or books. And we get a brief mention of Penderecki's Threnody, ha! The ending is actually quite surprising, with a somewhat Lovecraftian twist.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Die Booth

    I found this collection very hit and miss. Ramsey Campbell certainly doesn't belong to the 'slasher' generation of horror writers who rely on gore and shock to get their message across, his is an entirely more subtle kind of horror. Even as fond as I am of 'a vague sense of unease' I did find this collection slightly too subtle. It's undeniable that Campbell is very adept at creating atmosphere and that's what carries this collection through. There's a lot of beautifully written and surprising d I found this collection very hit and miss. Ramsey Campbell certainly doesn't belong to the 'slasher' generation of horror writers who rely on gore and shock to get their message across, his is an entirely more subtle kind of horror. Even as fond as I am of 'a vague sense of unease' I did find this collection slightly too subtle. It's undeniable that Campbell is very adept at creating atmosphere and that's what carries this collection through. There's a lot of beautifully written and surprising description, such as "The trees had trapped the twilight. The branches which the sun had dappled were brown stains on the shadows; leaves moved like hives of darkness." Other descriptive passages however fall a little flat; as a whole this collection occasionally come across as rather over-described and lacking in coherant story. Narrative tends to jump from one scene to another with confusing rapidity. New characters are introduced frequently with little explanation. The reader is left with the feeling of not having read a single full story but rather a series of gently disturbing vignettes that present a weird and grainy snapshot of 1970s Britain. The stand-out stories are the ones that have a more coherant and less rambling narrative, such as 'The Sentinels' which I found genuinely unsettling. However other stories, I think notably 'The Stocking' and 'The Second Staircase', are far too opaque.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Armand Rosamilia

    As with any collection, there are some great stories and some average ones. Luckily this collection has many more great ones in it. None of them are bad, although it was hard to follow a few because of my decidedly non-British upbringing and having to figure out a few words here and there. I don't think I'm an idiot, but the author is so much smarter than me it feels like it, haha...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    I've been dipping into this book since April, so I really took my time finishing it. Returning to this book was always a treat however, and rarely did I find a story here I didn't like. Campbell got away from the Lovecraftian influence in this book, and really wrote some insidious, menacing stories which are subtle and get under the skin. "Potential" is a very weird story, the end didn't make complete sense to me however. "The End of a Summer's Day" didn't exactly scare me the first time I read it, I've been dipping into this book since April, so I really took my time finishing it. Returning to this book was always a treat however, and rarely did I find a story here I didn't like. Campbell got away from the Lovecraftian influence in this book, and really wrote some insidious, menacing stories which are subtle and get under the skin. "Potential" is a very weird story, the end didn't make complete sense to me however. "The End of a Summer's Day" didn't exactly scare me the first time I read it, however it took some time to germinate. A few days later, laying in bed thinking about it I know I lost some sleep over that one! "At First Sight" is effectively scary at many points, but especially at the end. "The Franklyn Paragraphs" is a story I read in the "Cold Print collection some time ago, all I recall is it was well-written, Lovecraftian perhaps but not overly creepy. "The Interloper" isn't the best-written story, feels a bit...rushed (?) but it's definitely one of the ones that creeped me out the most. "The Sentinels" has a good, quiet creepiness about it, atmospheric but not among his best. "The Guy" is a nice weird tale, creepy ending but not among the best in the collection. "The Old Horns" has a nice pagan, Machen-esque feel to it, creepy but doesn't always make a lot of sense. "The Lost" is one of the few stories I didn't care for at all. "The Stocking" has a good atmosphere and shocker ending, but is another lesser tale. "The Second Staircase" is OK, but another lesser story where the first half feels like filler for the second. This one embodies Campbell's hallucinogenic feel. "Concussion" is perhaps the best example of Campbells' hallucinogenic stories, it takes a riff on a familiar (but non-scary) horror/sci-fi theme of "time-slips." "The Enchanted Fruit" more hallucinogenic writing, not among my favorites, but it does have a good sense of urban anxiety and dread. "Made in Goatswood" is a story I read years ago in the "Cold Print" collection, good Lovecraftian fare.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Alexander

    Ramsey Campbell is one of the best-known and important horror writers of the past 50 years. He's known for crafting a certain kind of tale: quiet and understated, laced with dread, set in British towns and cities of varying degrees of decline and bitterness. He's also a very gracious and thoughtful person, based on the several occasions I've met and heard him. I grabbed this collection on a Kindle sale. I think I have a copy, but my horror books are still in storage (which is a daily horror not a Ramsey Campbell is one of the best-known and important horror writers of the past 50 years. He's known for crafting a certain kind of tale: quiet and understated, laced with dread, set in British towns and cities of varying degrees of decline and bitterness. He's also a very gracious and thoughtful person, based on the several occasions I've met and heard him. I grabbed this collection on a Kindle sale. I think I have a copy, but my horror books are still in storage (which is a daily horror not at all enjoyable). Demons by Daylight is a short story collection from the 1970s, and some of the tales really date clearly from that period. My favorite one, "Potential," is - among other things - a snarling satire on contemporary Newage movements. Campbell has a fine knack for brief, creepy metaphors and similes that spike each story with moments of dread - not as plot points, but as texture. Read carefully, they heighten a sense of unease. They are also excellent visualizations. For example: "The moon fought back the clouds, like an awakening face." "An old man picked up papers from the platform, studied, them, dropped them muttering; Carol stared into the tunnel, where trains thrust and vanished like huge mysterious worms." "He plunged beneath the shadow of the long Pier Head bus station hall, pale as the bore of a blown bone..." Campbell slides these into otherwise non-horrific language describing scenes:Barbara thought of Sentinel Hill. They’d driven past at dusk on their way to the pub: the sloughed stone faces mobile with shadow; a few cars, uniformly grey, from which their passengers had climbed to count the stones and count again and descend baffled; a child at the centre of the circle prancing awkwardly and, as she’d slowed to let Doug watch, turning to her a cardboard demon’s face. At times such language recalls noir and crime fiction: "a bluebottle was patting its reflexion on the window, trying to escape." "On waste ground at the edge of Lower Brichester a gutted bonfire smouldered. Children stood about it, shaking sparklers as a dog shakes a rat." "Through the posts I turned into the forest; the moon was caught by reaching twigs and dragged down." There is a horror at daily life in much of Campbell's work, a disgust at sensual details and something close to existential nausea or plain outrage at the condition of experience. One story begins thusly:The man behind the counter of the curiosity shop wore a cloth cap; when he bent his head Terry Aldrich felt he was being served by a toad. The man’s hands were brown and crinkled as the paper in which he wrapped the parcels. The paper flapped: dust billowed round the shop, passing like incense across the window through which the summer sun was dulled as by sunglasses, changing form and leaving particles on clasped leather-bound books, carved vases, ornamental knives, a naked wooden boy frozen in the act of crying praises to the sun or possibly of beating off an attack from above. The hands set the parcel before Terry; he thought that the dim eyes gleamed in derision. Briefly his hand was clasped by fingers drier than the notes he paid. I think this style is the real strength of much of Campbell's fiction. I don't want to summarize the plots here, because they can be fairly slight (a group of people visit a scary place and bad things happen) and predictable. These are gems of mood, draughts of dread to sample. This time, I'd recommend the stories about horror writers, "Errol Undercliffe" and "The Franklyn Paragraphs." They offer a nice insider's glimpse into the genre, showing a mix of satire and affection. "The Guy" looks like a piece about class differences then wrong-foots us. "The Lost" starts with a classic Brits-visiting-the-creepy-continent plot and nicely reverses. I did want to like "Concussion" because I've suffered three of my own (oh yes), and because the drifting plot was impressive, but it dragged on too long for a short story. "Potential" remains my favorite. It's remarkably compressed. It begins with a hippie/Newage scene, then escalates into something much greater. The last pages are excellent, reminding me of Thomas Ligotti.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zantaeus Glom

    I enjoyed most of these stories immensely, and Campbell writes with a bravura, oblique style which at best engenders a cloying,unsavory atmosphere; but sometimes I did find myself a little alienated by his idiosyncratic style of prose. (no fault of Campbell's artistry, just personal taste) My favorites were: 'The end of a summer's day' - A brief, yet wonderfully unsettling nightmare. 'The Franklyn Paragraphs' - This made the collection for me; truly sublime weird fiction in the classic Lovecraft, I enjoyed most of these stories immensely, and Campbell writes with a bravura, oblique style which at best engenders a cloying,unsavory atmosphere; but sometimes I did find myself a little alienated by his idiosyncratic style of prose. (no fault of Campbell's artistry, just personal taste) My favorites were: 'The end of a summer's day' - A brief, yet wonderfully unsettling nightmare. 'The Franklyn Paragraphs' - This made the collection for me; truly sublime weird fiction in the classic Lovecraft, Ashton Smith vernacular. There is a macabre passage where the main fellow visits this extraordinarily unpleasant domicile, and meets this dusty old maid, who is quite the character! (a beautifully written vignette) 'The Old Horns' - This grimpen tale reminded me a little of Algernon Blackwood; with nature itself as nemesis; in this specific case, a wholly malefic bog, which is home to these singularly nasty-sounding, blobby-headed wraiths! #shudder# (a sublime tale of phantasmagorical weirdness with some wonderfully evocative passages) I think I will dip into Campbell's eloquent, sepulchral grimoire every now and again, but I won't read the short stories all in one sitting next time; I will savor them like one would a wee dram of an especially complex single malt; as I feel they would work best when enjoyed sparingly; as they lost a little of their refinement consumed so hurriedly. Ramsey Campbell is one of those rare contemporary artists who can readily evoke an authentically macabre Gothic milieu along with the likes of the legendary Poe, Blackwood, and M.R James. And I would be very surprised indeed if any fan of elegiac, weird fiction didn't find their nerves iced by at least one of Campbell's splendidly malignant treats!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I'm absolutely shocked that this is a collection of Ramsey Campbell's stories. For the life of me, I could barely understand what was happening in any of them. Mostly, they consisted of people having banal conversations and somehow the reader is supposed to glean what's going on by reading between the lines. Except in most cases there's only confusion or nothing of consequence actually happening. And most of the tales have no inkling of terror, except for something hinted at on the final pages. I'm absolutely shocked that this is a collection of Ramsey Campbell's stories. For the life of me, I could barely understand what was happening in any of them. Mostly, they consisted of people having banal conversations and somehow the reader is supposed to glean what's going on by reading between the lines. Except in most cases there's only confusion or nothing of consequence actually happening. And most of the tales have no inkling of terror, except for something hinted at on the final pages. Really, these stories feel like either parts were missing or they were aborted ideas that were somehow scooped up and thrown together to make a collection. If you want to read something by Campbell, there are many much better books than this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim Smith

    My favourite Campbell collection and among the essentials of modern horror's development. Ingeniously supple prose and subtlety of narration.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    This collection of short stories is very different from ‘The inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants’ which was the first collection that Campbell released. His prose improved greatly and developed into something dreamlike and very unsettling. You can see that Campbell found his own style and he really ran with it, the stories are wonderfully weird and very well written. I often found myself confused due to the stylistic choices but I found that this added to the atmosphere. My favorite This collection of short stories is very different from ‘The inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants’ which was the first collection that Campbell released. His prose improved greatly and developed into something dreamlike and very unsettling. You can see that Campbell found his own style and he really ran with it, the stories are wonderfully weird and very well written. I often found myself confused due to the stylistic choices but I found that this added to the atmosphere. My favorite story in the collection was 'Concussion' which wasn't really a horror story but a bizarre Lynchian fever dream that was utterly compelling. I'd highly recommend this collection to both new and old fans of Campbell.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Excellent first introduction. The title isn't totally accurate. I've read a few of Campbell's stories here and there, but never a full collection. Having a full collection of his work to read has given me a greater appreciation for his style and pacing. Ramsey's horror is a visceral madness hiding in the mundane. It is a thing waiting for a character to look out their peripheral vision at just the wrong angle, and then it reconstructs the world around that. This is a wonderful book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Stephen King recommended author and book. Noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981. Author discussed in chapter 9. Stephen King recommended author and book. Noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981. Author discussed in chapter 9.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fishface

    Beyond-excellent short stories by Ramsey Campbell. So disturbing I can hardly describe these to you. Just read them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    Ramsey Campbell is an acquired taste; more oblique than Stephen King or Clive Barker, and less showy in prose than Lovecraft or Ligotti. Instead, what you get is a foggy psychological atmosphere, the kind which casts everything you read in doubt. Some of the stories, like "The Guy," are immediately gripping, though slightly predictable, horror in the classic British-uncanny style. But others, like "Potential" or "The End of a Summer's Day," leave you scratching your head, unsure if what you thin Ramsey Campbell is an acquired taste; more oblique than Stephen King or Clive Barker, and less showy in prose than Lovecraft or Ligotti. Instead, what you get is a foggy psychological atmosphere, the kind which casts everything you read in doubt. Some of the stories, like "The Guy," are immediately gripping, though slightly predictable, horror in the classic British-uncanny style. But others, like "Potential" or "The End of a Summer's Day," leave you scratching your head, unsure if what you think happen is actually what happened. Do you enjoy that level of ambiguity and foggy mystery? Maybe you do- or maybe, like me, you find it best in small doses. If that's the case, this collection is evenly weighted towards your tastes. Not quite Halloween aesthetic, but the prose equivalent of a cold, foggy November day.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Citizen

    I have a bit of trouble with Ramsay Campbell's style of writing. When it's good, it's near-brilliant hallucinatory, impressionistic fever dreams that somehow indirectly get to the core tragedies and absurdity of human society and psychology. When it's not good, the stories are near incoherent. A solid 1/3rd of the stories in this collection I could not tell you what actually happened or the point of the narrative. The stories can be too circuitous, too meandering in their attempt to create atmos I have a bit of trouble with Ramsay Campbell's style of writing. When it's good, it's near-brilliant hallucinatory, impressionistic fever dreams that somehow indirectly get to the core tragedies and absurdity of human society and psychology. When it's not good, the stories are near incoherent. A solid 1/3rd of the stories in this collection I could not tell you what actually happened or the point of the narrative. The stories can be too circuitous, too meandering in their attempt to create atmosphere thereby losing the characters completely. There are some gems in here which is why I gave it 3 instead of 2 stars but overall it is far inferior to Alone With the Horrors.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Pidhayny

    I believe Ramsey Campbell is something of an acquired taste. He is touted as one of the greats of British horror, but his work has just never really clicked with me. A number of his stories are quite good, including a few in this collection, but the majority haven't appealed to me. I find that too many of the stories are confusing and hard to follow, but not as clear as much of the rest of the weird genre. That being said, Demons by Daylight is still a decent collection. If nothing else, it's de I believe Ramsey Campbell is something of an acquired taste. He is touted as one of the greats of British horror, but his work has just never really clicked with me. A number of his stories are quite good, including a few in this collection, but the majority haven't appealed to me. I find that too many of the stories are confusing and hard to follow, but not as clear as much of the rest of the weird genre. That being said, Demons by Daylight is still a decent collection. If nothing else, it's decidedly non-Lovecraftian, a refreshing change of pace for Campbell.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joe Silber

    Gonna be straight here - I was pretty disappointed in this book. I've read "The Grin of the Dark" by Campbell, which was very very good, and I've read a couple short stories by him that were quite solid as well. At least half the stories in this volume were borderline incoherent. Finished them and couldn't tell you what happened, let alone what the "point" of the story was. I certainly couldn't remember them the next day. The final three: "Concussion", "Enchanted Fruit", and "Made in Goatswood" Gonna be straight here - I was pretty disappointed in this book. I've read "The Grin of the Dark" by Campbell, which was very very good, and I've read a couple short stories by him that were quite solid as well. At least half the stories in this volume were borderline incoherent. Finished them and couldn't tell you what happened, let alone what the "point" of the story was. I certainly couldn't remember them the next day. The final three: "Concussion", "Enchanted Fruit", and "Made in Goatswood" were solid, but the rest were a mess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Johann

    Mostly Disappointed These short stories were very difficult to read. They jumped around a lot and most of the dialogue and narration gave me the impression that they were rushed. Also the stories continue to keep you confused all the way to the so called endings. If you like reading a bunch of ramblings​ stories that​ will never give you closure then this is for you. I personally wished i never read it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richard Howard

    What a dire collection of aimless stories. Most ramble on in an excess of style with nothing really happening. The dialogue is stilted and unconvincing: Does everybody call their partner 'Darling!' every utterance they make? Every sentence seems to require at least three semi-colons and two commas to fabricate meandering sentences that only serve to extend the ennui. Not one story raised a semblance of a frisson. And, finally, 'Demons by Daylight'? Nearly every tale takes place at night!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    It's very hard for me to rate this collection. Some stories are fragments from a nightmare, disorienting to try to find a plot. Others create a chilling horror that can't be adequately described, more atmospheric dread. Several are hallucinogenic, some describe horror lurking in the natural world that hates humanity. The stories range from incomprehensible to outstanding.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Fetters

    Great short story collection by a writer who shed his Lovecraft influence and discovered his own unique voice. Budding writers take note, this is how you develop, and once you find your voice take it as far as you can.

  24. 4 out of 5

    barry lindfield

    Strange but good I have read Ramsay Campbell before and although this is not an out and out scare you book. It has you the reader thinking about the darkness in your mind and things that go bump in the night.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    The Worst This was absolutely the worst anthology of short stories that I have suffered through in a long time. Only two of the stories made it possible for me to get through the entire book . (The Sentinels and The Old Horns)

  26. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Tuite

    5 Stars I’m impressed with Ramsey’s writing style. It’s a style I have yet to see from anyone in the horror community. I’m looking forward to reading more by Ramsey.

  27. 4 out of 5

    solitaryfossil

    This collection was dull and dated. In the future I’ll stick with Campbell’s novels, I’ve read 2 of those and enjoyed both.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Complicated relationships between characters, something weird hovering at the edges. M. R. James meets Raymond Carver.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Lots of literary campfire tales. The Lost was a stand out but the rest were weak.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve Goble

    A bit of a mixed bag of short stories. Some of this is vaguely Lovecraftian, some is mere supernatural spookiness and some involves murderous secrets. While Campbell's stories are always unsettling, I sometimes finish a story and feel like I don't really know what took place, or that maybe I missed something. I do not feel that way often, but it is a feeling I get with Campbell about half the time -- and more so with this collection.

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