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Reassuring Tales Hardcover – Dec 2006


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Company; Sgd Ltd edition (Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596060727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596060722
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 16.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,770,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Should have left this on the cutting room floor... 15 Nov 2011
By A. D. Handman - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying I have both The Ceremonies and Dark Gods on my shelf. The latter especially I have read and re-read since they were published twenty plus years ago. As one who grew up as Klein's contemporary (and possibly even his neighbor)I loved these books. Having said that, I can scarcely believe that most of the writing in this book comes from the same author.

A couple of good points: The 1972 original version of Poroth Farm is finally available again, and it is indeed a classic. . There is an interesting little piece about a couple with a bathroom mold problem, but it does not really go anywhere. The rest of the stuff just seems like filler stories from those old horror paperbacks from the seventies. For the most part, that's what they are.

Klein himself gives a desultory ramble of an introduction more or less explaining his procrastination and overall inability to get it together enough to write anything more meaningful. He dismisses the collection as something his friends twisted his arm into throwing together, and wished most of the stuff (written over thirty years) had never seen the light of day again. I think I can see why. But I suppose that if you, like myself, are a member of the small brotherhood of Klein fanatics, you will end up spending the absurd amount of money he asks for this book. At least you get a hand signed edition. But there is no Petey or Nadelman's God to be found.

Perhaps some day Klein will regain his mojo. If so, he will find me attentive.If not, thanks for the blessing of your two major books.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sadly, the other reviewers are right 25 Mar 2013
By Craig Payne - Published on Amazon.com
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I am such a Klein fan, I was completely prepared to disagree with the other (negative) reviews of this book. Sadly, having now read it, I have to agree.

"Dark Gods" is phenomenal--four amazing novellas, some of the best horror fiction you will read, and without any gratuitous gore. Klein does it purely on writing skill, building suspense and dread with layer after layer of seemingly insignificant details. In this respect, he reminds me of no less than M.R. James: completely different settings and characters, but a similar approach. "The Events at Poroth Farm" is Klein's other classic in this style.

Klein's novel "The Ceremonies" is "Poroth Farm" expanded. It has its good qualities and is well worth reading, but is perhaps a bit bloated and hence occasionally sluggish. I prefer the shorter novella, myself.

Now, as for "Reassuring Tales"....

Well, one or two of the stories were pretty good. But overall, you won't believe this book is by the same author. Klein himself gives the reason for the publication of the book: he needed the money (he even lists some of his bills). Granted, the introduction is tongue in cheek, but it still rings true.

But then, the final story is "The Events at Poroth Farm," which in my humble opinion is a modern classic.

So, to summarize: Two stars for the inclusion of the final story and one star for the rest. Three stars, but from a five-star writer. Disappointing.
5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Was expecting Fireworks This Book Was a Mediocore Thud 4 Mar 2008
By HershonJones - Published on Amazon.com
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My worst failing is that I'm a victim of hype. They were making this rather expensive book sound like the stories were classic 60's Twilight Zone stuff. Instead, while the book wasn't terrible, I just found it a mediocore thud.
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