A collection of ten stories about magic and witchcraft by the world's greatest masters of the macabre....
|Title||:||The Dark of the Soul|
|Number of Pages||:||157 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Dark of the Soul Reviews
I picked this up because it contains a short story by Robert E. Howard called "The Horror from the Mound." It's a good story, although not one of Howard's best, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the rest of the collection was pretty weak. The stories are atmospheric but quite slow for modern audiences. Definitely old fashioned. Here are the tales and my response to them. Please remember, these are my opinions. I'm not stating my take on the tales as gospel. Others might well have different views.Introduction by Don Ward -- Gives some context to the stories but probably wasn't needed.The Horror from the Mound by Robert E. Howard -- The highest level of action in the collection, but also genuinely creepy.The Muted Horn by Dorothy Salisbury Davis -- Slow, no action, not my cup of tea.Mrs Amworth by E. F. Benson -- Really slow, with a long setup that could mostly have been cut.Song of the Slaves by Manly Wade Wellman -- A long way from Wellman's best work. Weak.The Ash Tree by M. R. James -- James could write a creepy piece. And he didn't beat around the bush. This is one of the better pieces in the book.Cool Air by H. P. Lovecraft -- Not Lovecraft's best work. It's all right but doesn't stand out to me.Taboo by Geoffrey Household -- Had this one been tighter it would have been pretty good. A fair amount of unnecessary material though. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne -- A memorable tale. I liked it quite a lot. Smee by A. M. Burrage -- a ghost story that might have been really good had it been tightened up to a more modern pacing. The Dressmaker's Doll by Agatha Christie -- I liked it, although decidedly slow in development. Some creepiness, though, and a strong ending.