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HE TOLD HER SHE WAS PRETTY, AND MAYBE SHE WAS BECAUSE OF THE TELLING
This was not what I thought I was getting. I bought this for the RR Martin story, Lansdale and I like horror. I had read Meathouse Man by Martin in John Joseph Adams' THE LIVING DEAD. Martin had been in a lot of emotional pain when he wrote this story and he poured all that pain into it. It is a great story and I was hoping the rest of the collect would be like Meathouse Man.
HE HAD THE KIND OF FACE THAT ATTRACTS FLIES
Out of the 19 stories, I found seven that I really liked. They are pretty much read in chronological order. The first story was written in 1976. Than comes Landsdale's story which will have you laughing your head off, until you start crying from fright. Diary is next and it was good and weird. ABED BY MASSIE is pretty gross and involves sex with a zombie and a grandma who does oral on her daughter in law. I actually liked the story and was proud of my self for being able to handle the grossness. THAN---
All the rest of the stories are splatter, erotica, gross, disgusting porn. The stories seem to get worse and worse and worse as far as what they do in each story. I like the Konrath kind of story which usually involves cannibalism, amputations, and mutants through inbreeding, but this has none of that, this is sticking knifes in every orifice, defecating and sex with rotting corpses. There were four stories in which I skipped to the end as they just seem to be a competition in grossness. Yet, even in splatter porn of which I am not a fan, I did find a good writer, can write an entertaining, intelligent story. Garton's story is sort of satirical, Everson's story was kind of clichéd, but I could not turn away. O'Rourke has a torture story that goes the limit. Masterton's story was a bit predictable, but I hope he wrote more stories involving the main character, who had much character. Gonzales writes a anti splatter porn, splatter porn, which does a great job covering addiction and what it could lead to.
The narrator was not consistent. Some stories he did very well, but in some, especially Meat Man, he just mailed it in.
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I am compelled to write a review on this audio book, well actually a bit of a warning. Before “reading” this book, be sure to read the synopsis carefully and take the warnings seriously.
I am an avid King, Koontz, Layman fan, and reading/listening to this one had me cringing a few times. Some things just can’t be un-read/heard.
Don’t get me wrong, the writing is in some cases brilliant and the audio performances are well above par, and I managed to get through the entire book telling myself it can’t get worse than the last story, but it did.
The violence and the depths of human depravity are often gratuitous, and in some cases even painful, if you have a vivid imagination like mine. If this is what you are expecting, you will not be disappointed, but if you are slightly naive as I was (I can’t help but feel I have forever lost some tiny innocence I had somewhere before reading/listening to this book) please be certain of what you are getting yourself into before cracking the seal on this Pandora’s box. You will be different once you have read this. A tiny blemish will linger on your soul with a little bit of disgust for the depths to which the human mind can descend in the name of entertainment, and the horrible realisation that some of these stories could chillingly be true.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
I stupidly ignored the bad reviews of this - but the fact is that it's not really very good. It's not the amount of sexual content or distastefulness or anything like that - it's just dull. I kept hoping the next story would be better, but inevitably it wasn't.
If you could sum up Necro Files in three words, what would they be?
Depraved. Original. Shocking.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Necro Files?
'Madonna' in the Sex Club
What about Eric A. Shelman’s performance did you like?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Banned in 14 Countries!
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A few stories struggle to compete with the very best in this collection, but overall one of the very best horror collections i've heard, and for the most part exceedingly original!