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By Robert Bloch
Such Stuff As Screams Are Made Of
What follows are my ratings and comments for each of the short stories in this book. Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, was also a master short story writer. These stories are only a sampling of his excellent body of work, and I highly recommend this book.
“The Tunnel of Love”
Comments: This is a pretty decent little short story about the fear one has about certain rides turning from silly superstition into deadly reality.
Comments: This one has a Lovecraftian feel to it. I liked the story and wondered what exactly would happen in the end. It doesn’t disappoint.
Comments: Lesson to the masses: when a Martian chick says she’s HUNGRY, she means it!
Comments: If you’re sewing on a head, make sure it’s the right one!
Comments: Sometimes the occult, while meant for evil, can be used for a good purpose.
Comments: I like stories where you aren’t sure who is sane, who is crazy, and whether or not something supernatural is going on. This one works well in that regard.
Comments: Who or what is Death? Can humans see Death at work? Bloch weighs in on that subject with an excellent story with a nice little twist.
Comments: The human mind is capable of extraordinary things. Unfortunately for Mr. Bromely, his own mind wipes him out of existence, but not like you'd expect...
Comments: Maybe Lady Luck really can come to you in human form. If she does, make sure you don't piss her off!
Comments: Note to self: when talking to your South American Indian manservant about a "head shrinker", make sure you use the word psychiatrist!
Comments: This was the longest story so far, and it was a good one. A psychiatrist and neurosurgeon of sorts has grand plans for his “screaming people”.
Comments: This was a decent story, but I never really got into it. I kept thinking of Shaggy from Scooby Doo with all of the beatnik talk going on!
Comments: This one is aptly named. Although the story was short, Bloch hit a home run.
Comments: I liked this one pretty much until the very end. Then it got a little cheesy. But the premise was very original and well-executed for the most part.
Comments: I guessed the ending before it came, but I liked this one regardless. If only he had looked at the Press Books EARLIER…
Comments: Don’t get married for money. It never turns out the way you expect.
Comments: This one reminded me of Shadow of the Vampire in some ways. Don’t tempt “ignorant peasants” with an opportunity. They’ll seize it!
Comments: Grandpa’s causing trouble because he’s set in his ways. Sometimes a man just needs convincing…
Comments: This one is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the only hope for humanity and the old ways is a young kid whose only goal is to kill off his father and become leader.
Comments: This one had a great setup and execution. It seemed like an especially well-done Tales From The Crypt, twist and all.
Comments: Make sure you know who (or WHAT) you’re dealing with before having an affair.
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