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The author of the book: Dennis Etchison
Edition: Babbage Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2002
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.5
ISBN: 1930235046
ISBN 13: 9781930235045
Language: English

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After reading a handful of The Dark Country stories, I began to think of the paintings of Edward Hopper. At first my reaction was a puzzle. I wonderer why.

After all, Etchison writes vividly of Southern California in the late 70’s and early ‘80’s, of LA airports, highways and rest stops, of laundromats and convenience stores. Hopper, on the other hand, paints the East Coast in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, depicting New York railway compartments, gas stations and chop suey joints, movie palaces, furnished rooms, and owl-wagons. But if Hopper is noir, then Etchison is neo-noir: in each, a severe scene and its human figures are circumscribed by a small patch of merciless light, a light which whispers of isolation and the lonely darkness beyond. Hopper’s light is incandescent, Etchison’s fluorescent, but both lights cut right through to the bone.

I think my favorite group of tales is the strongly noir-ish: “It Only Comes Out at Night” (set in a desert rest stop with lots of cars and no people), “Sitting in the Corner, Whimpering Quietly” (a bizarre laundromat confession), “The Walking Man” (Double Indemnity/Body Heat, with a twist), “We Have All Been Here Before” (a police psychic with an agenda), “The Pitch” (a “Mr. Popiel” type pitchman with an agenda), “The Late Shift” (something is very, very wrong with those creepy late-night quickie mart clerks), and “The Dark Country” (a random homicide disrupts an American resort in Mexico). Still, the more mysterious, open-ended stories may be even better: “The Nighthawk” (a were-hawk and his human sister), “It Will Be Here Soon” (an old man listens to strange voices on used cassette tapes), “Death Tracks” (a couple finds that TV laugh-tracks are a way of communicating with the dead, and—perhaps best of all—the haunting “You Can Go Now” (a cross-country airplane odyssey by a man who may—or may not—have committed a terrible crime).

I wasn’t a big fan of all these stories. A few (“The Daughter of the Golden West,” “Today’s Special”) were more gimmicky than ghastly, a few of the open-ended stories were more confusing than mysterious, and I didn’t much like “Transplant Trilogy,” even though Ramsay Campbell—who wrote the introduction is a better judge than I am—disagrees.

These criticisms, however, are minor. The Dark Country is a book of well-crafted stories, touched with a beguiling ambiguity and capable of evoking genuine terror. I urge you to give Etchison a try.

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Dennis Etchison's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1961, and in his collections The Dark Country, Red Dreams, The Blood Kiss and The Death Artist. He is also an editor (Cutting Edge, MetaHorror, Masters of Darkness, The Museum of Horrors), novelist (Darkside, California Gothic, Double Edge), screenwriter and the winner of five British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards. Publishers Weekly has called his writing "the state of the art in modern horror."

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