The End of the Line Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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About the Author
Christopher Fowler 'Fowler's' strength lies in the way he interprets the darker side of the ordinary.'-the "Guardian "Joe Lansdale 'A folklorist's eye for detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace'.
- The New York Times Review. Mark Morris 'The horror debut of the year'-"Science Fiction Chronicle
One of the most respected living horror writers in the world, Ramsey Campbell. Campbell has more awards for his horror tales than any other author, and "is likely to be remembered as the leading horror writer of his generation," according to a contributor to the "St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers." One of the heirs apparent to early-twentieth-century American author H. P. Lovecraft, Campbell's horror stories are often set in contemporary Merseyside, England, his own hometown. His unsettling, dreamlike prose transforms his work into very incredible horror fiction.
- Mark Morris The horror debut of the year - "Science Fiction Chronicle
"Jonathan Oliver has collected together some of the very best in new horror writing in an themed anthology of stories set on, and around, the New York subway, the London underground, the Metro and other places deep below." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first story in the collection is by Paul Meloy, a writer whose work I've not encountered before. His story Bullroarer is an interesting choice to open the collection with. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed his writing style, the story didn't really work for me. It is essentially a tale of revenge for childhood bullying with a mythological twist. To me it came across as a little juvenile. I also felt that it could have happened anywhere. The fact that part of it takes place on a London Underground train seemed entirely incidental. I would have liked an opening in which the theme of the underground felt essential to the story, and apart from the possible mythical metaphor of descent to the underworld, this didn't really have that for me.
Next up, is The Girl in the Glass by John Llewellyn Probert. I found this addressed the theme much more fundamentally, with the haunting story of a girl who falls under a train desperate to get her life back - literally. A creepy tale and one I enjoyed. This is followed by the stand out story of the collection for me, The Lure by Nicholas Royle. This takes place in Paris, and uses the world famous Metro for part of its setting.Read more ›
Most stories here don't have anything much resembling fright or terror. The best ones rely on a certain style of ambiguity for their effect. Nicholas Royle's story 'The Lure' concerns an English teacher in Paris, who keeps seeing a blind man and his dog on the Paris Metro and about whom he makes a series of chilling discoveries. Quite slight in itself, it has a profoundly disturbing atmosphere, especially as one realises that the young protagonist has been the subject of a horrendous act of voyeurism.
Pat Cadigan's story 'Funny Things' is a tale of subterranean parallel lives. Perhaps underground is the only place where you could find yourself the victim of an arcane crime like husband theft. The woman this happens to manages, however, to have the last laugh.
My favourite story 'Fallen Boys' by Mark Morris, concerns a class of children on a visit to a Cornish railway mine. Among them is Matthew, unpopular, unlikeable and very vulnerable. The other kids tease him horribly, and he has no defence. However, the visit to the mine and the story told by their guide, finds that some measure of unearthly revenge has been made available.Read more ›
As you would expect, with nineteen different stories, some come closer that others to capturing this essence. And some don't try at all, but deal with different "undergrounds" - a putative line in Manchester, the Paris Metro, a Cornish mine railway, the Liverpool underground. The positive way to put this is that everyone will like some stories more than others, and I don't think it would be very helpful to go through and rate each one, because my views are unlikely to match yours. I will just say that as individual stories I think these range from three to five stars, and that my favourite was the very last story, "Down" by Christopher Fowler, because it did seem to me to catch the essence-of-Tubiness, and was rather off the beaten track of something-nasty-in-the tunnels.
My only criticisms would be that in some of the stories - not all, and not, oddly, those actually set off the London Underground - the Underground connection seems a bit forced. I found myself thinking a few times that the story would have worked as well if the McGuffin had been a bus or a plane: or, frankly, without the transport connection at all. And perhaps there is slight overuse of what I would described as the "Sliding Doors" trope: a misstep on the Underground sends the protagonist astray into the "wrong" world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chosen as bedtime reading. Not all the stories 'come off' quite but there's a wide range of genres, some ghost, some horror, some needing another read but I can recommend!Published 9 months ago by mariana
If you are a fan of short horror, I am sure you will enjoy this.
The stories were of a consistently high standard. Read more
What's not to like? It is a Christopher Fowler Book. Another on hard to put down and added to the growing collection of Fowler booksPublished 19 months ago by mayanguy
Poor, some of the stories are a bitter disappointment. Save your moneyPublished 20 months ago by Cohen
This is a very good book indeed,Although I am not at all interested in trains the stories were very good and interesting ,well worth a second reading over time....Published 23 months ago by Mrs W Waugh
A great collection of short stories based around the underground. There is a focus on the London underground but there are others featured including the legendary underground in... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by nohatjim
A spine chilling collection of 19 short stories based in and around The London Underground, New York Subway, Paris Metro and some other lesser known metro systems. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2012 by Martin Belcher
There are probably 2 decent stories in the entire book, some aren't even related to underground lines (I'm thinking specifically of the mine shaft story), all in all, given the... Read morePublished on 11 July 2011 by strangelad
It had been a long time since I read a collection of horror stories by a whole bunch of different authors. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2011 by zerot