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Book Title: Feesters in the Lake & Other Stories|
The author of the book: Bob Leman
ISBN 13: 9780970734952
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.60 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.5
Edition: Midnight House
Date of issue: April 2002
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This book has a cult status among the very select few who could get hold of the book when it had been first published, or were lucky enough to grab a "touched" copy when that came up online (including yours truly). If I rave about the stories in this volume and then state that according to Amazon one book would put you down by US $ 255, then perhaps you would find it unfair. So let me state it before I begin, that unless you have a serious probability of getting to read this book from some source, stop right now, because otherwise you would feel too bad, and I would feel too guilty about my possession! And now, the review!
(*) Introduction by Jim Rockhill: a compact and informative preface that informs us about this Bradman-esque author (I can't help but lift from Cricket, how else can you describe an author whose entire output can be found between these covers, and yet whose works are of such good quality on a constant basis?).
1) WINDOW: one of the most anthologised stories, and is the most spine-chilling science fiction (is it? or maybe it's fantasy..., or maybe just horror) piece that I have EVER read.
2) THE TEHAMA: a classic example of mixing the Indian legends with mundane money-minded criminals, and presenting the whole thing as a deliciously horrific story.
3) INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: if you had thought that Richard Matheson and Philip K. Dick were the last things in describing a paranoid mind, read this one, and be stunned!
4) THE PILGRIMAGE OF CLIFFORD M.: can you write a vampire-story without taking recourse to a single cliche, and yet create a staggeringly superior piece of fiction that should have revolutionised fiction as far as that genre is concerned? You can, if you are Bob Leman.
5) CHANGE OF ADDRESS: a tragi-comic, and eventually poignant look at the question of identity, using science-fictional devices as a cloak.
6) SKIRMISH ON BASTABLE STREET: an immensely enjoyable demoniac bargain story that lifts the mood of the book with its comic touches.
7) OLIDA: Innsmouth-related ideas and all other Lovecraftian hashes have been reinvented in this story in a surprisingly fresh language, with tight plotting, and believable characters.
8) HOW DOBBSTOWN WAS SAVED: this previously unpublished story is a take on every possible B-Movie and types, and is very enjoyable in its mixing of horror & humour. BUT, it is not superior to "The Sins of Hyacinth Pouch", and that is a fact.
9) THE TIME OF THE WORM: one of the bleakest and dystopic stories that I have read, but it is immensely successful as a means to convey horror.
10) BAIT: WHAT a story to BEGIN the in-print career (I am sure that many authors would die to see their final story attain this level of accomplishment)!
11) LOOB: a sad story of abuse, despair, destruction, and change in history caused by the emotional trauma of a recluse.
12) UNLAWFUL POSSESSION: a brilliant, gothic, humorous and scary story of ghosts, ghouls, demons, devil and (obviously) a mad man.
13) COME WHERE MY LOVE LIES DREAMING: can all-pervasive love be a bad thing? Read this, and know that it can be the most horrific thing that you have ever encountered.
14) INSTRUCTIONS: an unclassifiable and unforgettable story.
15) FEESTERS IN THE LAKE: another "take" on Lovecraftian monsters related to the Innsmouth-legends, but without any of the cliches, and yet sufficiently terror-inducing to make you extra careful about car-parks and other places that are closer to any water-body.
An outstanding book. There have been talks about getting this book re-issued by the Centipede Press, and is that indeed happens, allowing many more readers to enjoy these stories, NOTHING like it!
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Read information about the authorRobert J. Leman was, at once, wild and proper. He wrote imaginative science fiction tales, eventually compiled into a collection of short stories, "Feesters in the Lake," published in 2001.
But he also adhered to his principles, dressing in Brooks Brothers oxford shirts and often, a suit and tie.
In that sense, Mr. Leman paired unlikely opposites into one personality.
He was a rural boy, raised on a farm in Illinois, who thirsted for Faulkner and later learned German, Latin and French.
He was an ardent political conservative who, as a hobby, contributed to science fiction fanzines.
He spoke little about his childhood and World War II involvement, and yet used words to describe the richest fictional scenes his mind could create.
When writing, Mr. Leman used longhand and a yellow legal pad, later transferring the copy to a typewriter.
He'd developed as an author chiefly by reading. As a child, he'd struggled to find happiness living with his stepmother, and used school as a refuge. Then, during World War II -- he served with the 81st Field Artillery and helped liberate the Ohrdruf concentration camp -- he came across a Faulkner paperback and fell in love.
His two children, Nancy Leman and Frances Barnes, recall Mr. Leman's personal library, filled with thousands of books -- Twain and Nabokov and Dickens. He even collected a few Faulkner originals.
Mr. Leman wrote most of his science fiction short stories during the 1980s. One, titled "Window," became a finalist for the Nebula award and inspired an episode of the 2001 Fox show "Night Visions."
"Feesters in the Lake" was published by Midnight House, a small publishing firm devoted to sci-fi and horror fiction.
"It was a lot of dark, psychological stuff," said Ms. Barnes. "There was always an element of otherworldliness, but with real people. He could take people's fears and turn them into a story. But always with some humor thrown in."
Mr. Leman, before settling in Pittsburgh, lived across the country -- Tulsa, Okla., and Denver and later Rawlins, Wyo. He worked for Carter Oil, which later became a part of Exxon, helping with the legal side of land acquisition.
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