The Mailman Paperback – 18 Aug 1994
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Doug Albin, a school teacher getting set to enjoy his summer vacation with his family, notices that the mail delivery is starting to get a bit weird in his small Arizona town. Moreover, the new mailman is getting progressively creepier, and there is something about the mail and its delivery that just isn't right. As everyday people and everyday activities seem to go haywire with the arrival of the new mailman and his delivery of the mail, Doug starts putting two and two together. The only question is whether what he discovers will be too little and too late.
This early work by the author gives a promise of what is to come. It has the idea but not yet the finesse or execution of his later works. The author just sets in place the concept of making the ordinary and commonplace a vehicle for the horrific without pulling out all the stops, as he does in his later works. Still, it is a worthy and original effort that fans of the author should read, if only to see the progress that the author has made over the years.
Things start to go wrong. It's only little things to begin with, which hardly attract anyone's attention; but, as time goes on, these little things that are not quite right get bigger and bigger. People increasingly show signs of unease and anger, but they seem to partly acclimatize to the new order of things, a little like the proverbial frog that, if heated in water slowly enough, boils to death instead of leaping out of the warming water.
This may account for why people don't take the action one would normally expect, such as going to higher authorities about obviously wrong things, if the local authorities won't act - or, if they do try to appeal to higher authority, they seem to give up quickly after hitting the first bureaucratic obstacles. This lack of action in the face of trouble is a point that this and other books by Little may be criticized for. Indeed, characters seem to rationalize the events, thinking up reasons why things are not so wrong after all, and saying the strange events are just a coincidence - but they can't accept this entirely, and seem to dissipate their fear by lashing out at each other, instead of following up with higher authorities; this gets bad enough to rip the entire community to warring pieces.Read more ›
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a great read found another top author thanks to amazon kindlePublished 6 months ago by Leroy Thawley
Another tale from an author who understands that horror can lurk in the most ordinary of places. It loses a star for being a tiny bit repetitive in places.Published 15 months ago by Josey Wales