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NIGHT VISIONS 9

Tessier, Thomas, and James Kisner and Rick Hautala.

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ISBN 10: 0913165638 / ISBN 13: 9780913165638
Published by Dark Harvest., Arlington Heights, IL:, 1991
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HC in dust jacket and slipcase, 1/475 signed & numbered copies. 1st Printing. All original stories by Thomas Tessier, James Kisner, and Rick Hautala with an introduction by F. Paul Wilson and illustrations by Phil Parks. Signed by all five contributors. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket and slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 13502

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Title: NIGHT VISIONS 9

Publisher: Dark Harvest., Arlington Heights, IL:

Publication Date: 1991

Edition: 1st edition.

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Book by Tessier, Thomas, Kisner, James, Hautala, Rick

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Introducing this ninth volume of an usually vigorous series, F. Paul Wilson decrees that horror is ``not dead''; the mostly lackluster tales that follow, though, say little for the genre's state of health. A prime case in point is ``The Dreams of Dr. Ladybank,'' the gruesome lead-off novella by Tessier (Rapture, 1987, etc.) that treads no new ground even as it takes full advantage of the publisher's proclaimed tolerance of explicit sex and gore. Dr. Ladybank is a sadistic telepathic psychiatrist whose mental reach extends only to Tony, a 16-year-old transvestite prostitute, and to Snake, a vile drug-dealer. Within graphic scenes of masturbation, anal stimulation, murder, and dismemberment, Ladybank toys with his two guinea pigs until one stabs him in the eye. A distasteful tale, but Tessier, a careful stylist, just salvages it with lively prose and genuine sympathy for his grimy characters. Not so Kisner (Nero's Vice, 1981), whose ``Fugyu'' crudely reiterates Tessier's hackneyed theme of the vengeance of the oppressed by having a foul baglady dispense with a madman who's been killing homeless people. Two other weak Kisner tales deal with vampirism (sentimentally) and Jack the Ripper (portentously). His remaining pair, however, display glimmers of wicked humor, particularly ``Moose Oysters,'' in which a hunted beast turns bloody, ironic tables on its hunters. Popular mass-market-novelist Hautala (The Moonstone, etc.) winds up the collection with its only genuinely entertaining work, ``Untcigahunk,'' four linked and suspensefully chilling, if truncated, tales of traditional gory horror in which an ancient race, deformed cousin of humanity, wreaks havoc throughout Maine. Undistinguished horror: these night visions are, for the most part, grainy and dim. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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