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30 review for Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Terrible. I do not recommend this book to anyone. Had I read this collection without knowing it was horror I would have said it was about mental illness or being bored to death. Nightflier - Stephen King 2 - Didn't get good till the last couple pages. Sometimes King writes a ton of boring filler, this is one of those times Having A Woman At Lunch - Paul Hazel 2.5 - Not sure why they cannibalized her, were they always cannibals? The Blood Kiss - De Terrible. I do not recommend this book to anyone. Had I read this collection without knowing it was horror I would have said it was about mental illness or being bored to death. Nightflier - Stephen King 2 - Didn't get good till the last couple pages. Sometimes King writes a ton of boring filler, this is one of those times Having A Woman At Lunch - Paul Hazel 2.5 - Not sure why they cannibalized her, were they always cannibals? The Blood Kiss - Dennis Etchison 2 - The script was better than the story Coming to Grief - Clive Barker 1 - boring, then a cliff monster showed up? Wtf Food - Thomas Tessier 2.5 - So the lady was a worm thing the entire time? Was she ever a human? The Great God Pan - M John Harrison 1 - I have no idea what this was suppose to be about. Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity - David Morell 4 - The only story in this book worth reading The Juniper Tree - Peter Straub 1 - The fuck is this? A kid getting molested. No thanks. Spinning Tales with the Dead - Charles L Grant 1 - Sooo he murdered his family and now goes to a lake to talk with their ghosts? Alice's Last Adventure - Thomas Ligotti 1 - Again I'm not quite sure what I was reading, does this woman suffer from mental illness? Is that what passed for Horror in the 80s? Next Time You'll Know Me - Ramsey Campbell 1 - How is this horror? This has to be the worst collection of "horror" stories ever. Also boring just like every other story in this book. The Pool - Whitley Strieber 2 - I don't know if I'm too dense to get what these stories mean? The boy made a radio and could contact... heaven? The afterlife and then wanted to die in the pool? By Reason of Darkness - Jack Cady At this point I stopped paying attention. Was three old war buddies and 1 of them calls the other 2 up to his house for some reason. Guy starts remembering about the war blah blah stopped reading it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    There was some really good stuff and some other stuff I wasn't sure why it was here, because it seemed mostly fantasy. However, stories by King, Etchison, Barker, Morrell, and Straub raised the level very high. Overall very good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Tildsley

    Overall, I didn't really like this collection. It doesn't really live up to the premise of the collection being a "horror" collection in my humble opinion. Some stories just feel like off-color odds and ends that wouldn't fit into an author's other anthologies. Others were just bad. There were a few good stories here, though not all of them were "horror" in my understanding of the genre. My favorites from this set include: "Coming to Grief" by Clive Barker *** "Food" b Overall, I didn't really like this collection. It doesn't really live up to the premise of the collection being a "horror" collection in my humble opinion. Some stories just feel like off-color odds and ends that wouldn't fit into an author's other anthologies. Others were just bad. There were a few good stories here, though not all of them were "horror" in my understanding of the genre. My favorites from this set include: "Coming to Grief" by Clive Barker *** "Food" by Thomas Tessier **** "Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity" by David Morell **** "The Juniper Tree" by Peter Straub **** Yeah, four decent stories out of thirteen is not too good. I'm a pretty big Stephen King fan, and I didn't even really like "The Night Flyer." Sadly, the HBO low-budget movie has a better story arch and character development than the original short story. I guess I can't complain too much. The book was only $1.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    I liked this one quite a bit--but most of the stories had the same format: slow burn psychologically-based (if usually still supernatural) horror. Lots of ghosts. If that's the kind of thing you like, you'll find it here. My standouts here were the Clive Barker story and the Jack Cady novella at the end. The Peter Straub story has been in several other anthologies I've read lately, and that's quite good, too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Lucia

    Just finished this. WONDERFUL stories in here, by the masters. A must-read for horror fans and aspiring horror writers....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Lomax

    While some of the stories in this collection were fun to read, if I did not know that this was a collection of horror stories I would of never known. Personally most of the stories dragged on and had little to no "horror" or creep factors. I went into this book ready to feel creeped out and came back very dissapointed. I would not suggest this to someone who really likes to be scared from books but would to people who have just started to dabble in the world of horror.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    The Night Flier by Stephen King - A sleazy journalist investigates a investigates a "vampire" with a private plane and a taste for blood. Fun, lightweight page-turner. 3.5 Stars Having a Woman For Lunch by Paul E. Hazel - Cannibalism and gender politics mingle when a woman enter the male-dominated workforce. Bland, but gains points for the grisly ending. 2.5 Stars The Blood Kiss by Dennis Etchison - Fun, fast-paced tale of showbiz, revenge, and death. 4 Stars Com The Night Flier by Stephen King - A sleazy journalist investigates a investigates a "vampire" with a private plane and a taste for blood. Fun, lightweight page-turner. 3.5 Stars Having a Woman For Lunch by Paul E. Hazel - Cannibalism and gender politics mingle when a woman enter the male-dominated workforce. Bland, but gains points for the grisly ending. 2.5 Stars The Blood Kiss by Dennis Etchison - Fun, fast-paced tale of showbiz, revenge, and death. 4 Stars Coming to Grief by Clive Barker - A woman comes to terms with the death of her mother and confronts a very real monster threatening her own life. This low key story is touching, moving, and is a complete success outside of Barker's comfort zone. 5 Stars Food by Thomas Tessier - An unlikely relationship forms between a bookish, lonely gentleman and a "grossly" overweight young lady. She hides a secret. Brief, weird, and very good. 4.5 Stars The Great God Pan by M. John Harrison - A terrible "experiment between a group of young friends yields disturbing consequenses. Aims for mood and atmosphere, but generates only snores from me. 1.5 Stars Orange is for Anguish, Blue is for Insanity by David Morrell - Two art students become obsessed with the depths of insanity of a brilliant deceased artist. But at what price? Haunting, Chilling, Best in the collection. 5 Stars The Juniper Tree by Peter Straub - Unsettling examination of child abuse and the debilitating effect on a young mind. Difficult to stomach, but a powerful read. 4.5 Stars Spinning Tales With The Dead by Charles L. Grant - Offbeat, moody yarn about the power of tall tales....and death. 3.5 Stars Alice's last Adventure by Thomas Ligotti - A writer of children's books is confronted by a literal manifestation of the loss of her childlike innocence. Spooky and interesting. 3.5 Stars Next time You'll Know Me by Ramsey Campbell - Amusing story of a young man who claims all his story ideas were stolen for bestselling novels. He decides to get revenge. 3 Stars The Pool by Whitley Strieber - Surreal fever dream about soul taking and unwanted visitors. 5 Stars By Reason of Darkness by Jack Cady - Vietnam Vets confront the ghosts of past sins. Indulgent and boring, the collection ends with a whimper and its worst story. 1.5 Stars All in all, a fun anthology with a handful of great tales and only two real duds.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I read this collection lo those many years ago (20 years ago, maybe???) because Stephen King was part of it. But then random things remind me of one of the most haunting and painful stories I have ever been put through. I always thought SK wrote the story. Thanks to modern technology, I'm able to track the book down for GoodReads. "Prime Evil" is the title of the book of collected stories. SK's contribution was great. (I thought I was talking to a friend about his story, "The Night Flier," and s I read this collection lo those many years ago (20 years ago, maybe???) because Stephen King was part of it. But then random things remind me of one of the most haunting and painful stories I have ever been put through. I always thought SK wrote the story. Thanks to modern technology, I'm able to track the book down for GoodReads. "Prime Evil" is the title of the book of collected stories. SK's contribution was great. (I thought I was talking to a friend about his story, "The Night Flier," and she was talking to me about "Mile 81.) But SK did NOT write the best and most haunting story in the collection after all. "Orange Is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity" by David Morrell. I have no clue what other stories are in the book, lol, other than SK's and DM's. :) It's enough, though. Five stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim Meechan

    By far the best collection of short horror I’ve ever read. Besides the obvious kings of the genre, Straub, Campbell, Barker, and King himself, the second tier of authors are all exceptional as well. Except for Etchison’s entry, all the stories are original. “Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity” by David Morrell was my favorite and was super creepy. Excellent story and a surprise to me having read only his thrillers previously. I easily convinced all my fellow readers to check this book out By far the best collection of short horror I’ve ever read. Besides the obvious kings of the genre, Straub, Campbell, Barker, and King himself, the second tier of authors are all exceptional as well. Except for Etchison’s entry, all the stories are original. “Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity” by David Morrell was my favorite and was super creepy. Excellent story and a surprise to me having read only his thrillers previously. I easily convinced all my fellow readers to check this book out and received similar reactions. This anthology is worth tracking down if you haven’t already enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Plass

    My top 3: Having a woman for lunch-snappy, sick little twist at the end Coming to Grief: A longer story that I just loved. Orange is for Anguish, Blue is for Insanity: LOVED this story! I kind of had an idea where the story was going but I loved it all the same! The rest were ok...usually I love Stephen King's stuff, but The Night Flyer has never been one of my favorites. Side note: I thought the intro was VERY interesting and well worth a r My top 3: Having a woman for lunch-snappy, sick little twist at the end Coming to Grief: A longer story that I just loved. Orange is for Anguish, Blue is for Insanity: LOVED this story! I kind of had an idea where the story was going but I loved it all the same! The rest were ok...usually I love Stephen King's stuff, but The Night Flyer has never been one of my favorites. Side note: I thought the intro was VERY interesting and well worth a read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Criscione

    an ARC i found in a used book store. Got some good ones mixed in there.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Petq

    Only "The Night Flier","Popsy"qqqqqqqqqq

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    I picked this up to read "The Night Flier" by Stephen King, which was really pretty good! A bloody vampire story that gets pretty crazy! And as a treat for King fans, the story has a little tie-in with both "Salem's Lot" and "The Dead Zone"! Small, but fun! The rest of this book is not my cup of tea. Only "Spinning Tales With the Dead" by Charles L. Grant, was decent. The other 11 were, in my opinion, not worth reading. And, in fact, Peter Straub's "The Juniper Tree" should not be rea I picked this up to read "The Night Flier" by Stephen King, which was really pretty good! A bloody vampire story that gets pretty crazy! And as a treat for King fans, the story has a little tie-in with both "Salem's Lot" and "The Dead Zone"! Small, but fun! The rest of this book is not my cup of tea. Only "Spinning Tales With the Dead" by Charles L. Grant, was decent. The other 11 were, in my opinion, not worth reading. And, in fact, Peter Straub's "The Juniper Tree" should not be read at all! The detailed description of a child's molestation made me sick. Disgust, not fear. Ugh. So, I'd just read "The Night Flier" and move along!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Hermanson

    Oh, I didn't think of this is a horror collection. There's a couple stories in here that I can't even say I would rate a one-star. But I did enjoy the Night flier by Stephen King and The pool by Whitley Strieber.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Some really great stories, but some really meh stories.I thought Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity by David Morell, Night Flier by Stephen King, and The Pool by Whitley Strieber were all great. The rest.. not so much. I was rather disappointed overall

  16. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    There was only one good story in this entire collection - "Orange Is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity" by David Morrell. If you picked this up somewhere, then I personally only recommend that story. Skip everything else.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Knivdelsbo

    A strange read. Stories by Morell and Straub are the clear highlights of this collection. The ratings shift in between a two and a four, so therefore it gets a 3.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Wow! A blast from my childhood past. Such a great book. Various styles to keep your mind entranced. Can't wait to read it again now. A great buffet of unsettling perfection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aaron White

    Ok. There were a few stand out stories. The rest I didn't care for much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    1st Read: November 6, 2014 - November 12, 2014 I borrowed this book from a friend about seventeen years ago and always passed it by for a different book instead. I'd moved away and forgot about it until recently. Settling in to my new place, I had went through my book collection and came across it, figuring, "What the hell!"...and had begun to start it that same day. With so many great writers in this book, I was left feeling disappointed by the stories that were deemed "horror". 1st Read: November 6, 2014 - November 12, 2014 I borrowed this book from a friend about seventeen years ago and always passed it by for a different book instead. I'd moved away and forgot about it until recently. Settling in to my new place, I had went through my book collection and came across it, figuring, "What the hell!"...and had begun to start it that same day. With so many great writers in this book, I was left feeling disappointed by the stories that were deemed "horror". If you are the so-called, "Masters of the Macabre", scare the shit outta me! Many others who reviewed this book feel the same way. I honestly can't give it more than one star. These are BAD stories, in the sense of, "What is this mediocre, half-ass, bullshit?" I) The introduction at the beginning of the book was the stand out piece of writing in this collection! I'm not even joking! II) "THE NIGHT FLIER": STEPHEN KING This is one I have read before in a book called Shock Rock. It is more boring than it is good. III) "HAVING A WOMAN AT LUNCH": PAUL HAZEL I have written better things than this in high school when I was learning to write short stories for English class! IV) "THE BLOOD KISS": DENNIS ETCHINSON Nothing great here! V) "COMING TO GRIEF": CLIVE BARKER Clive Barker's books which were turned into into movies are incredibly well made and box office smashes! This is written well, just not horror! Why not? VI) "FOOD": THOMAS TESSIER What is this crap? This is not good at all. VII) "THE GREAT GOD PAN": M. JOHN HARRISON More crap that turned to diarrhea! VIII) "ORANGE IS FOR ANGUISH, BLUE IS FOR INSANITY": DAVID MORRELL So far, this has been the best, although it is just good in my eyes. I did, however, love his book called "TESTAMENT". I highly recommend it! IX) "THE JUNIPER TREE": PETER STRAUB Makes me wonder if the author was molested as a child after reading this. How is shit like this allowed to pass for reading material? The only positive thing I can say is that it was written well. X) "SPINNING TALES WITH THE DEAD":CHARLES L. GRANT Nothing special, just another boring story! XI) "ALICE'S LAST ADVENTURE": THOMAS LIGOTTI Yawn! XII) "NEXT TIME YOU'LL KNOW ME": RAMSEY CAMPBELL I'm about to flat line! Get the paddles just in case! XIII) "THE POOL": WHITLEY STRIEBER Wow, I think my heart fluttered a few times!! It was alright. XIV) "BY REASON OF DARKNESS": JACK CADY This is the best story in the book, probably for the fact that it is the longest one. The character development isn't rushed and you can enjoy the story by being pulled into it. I have vowed not to buy or borrow anymore "Collections" type books from this point on. More often than not, MOST OF THEM, are short stories that should not have seen the light of day....EVER! Also, just when you are getting into a short story/novella, they most often end as they are beginning. Overall, they are huge disappointments for a great majority of the people who read daily. Very few are excellent, or even very good. It is almost like getting a package of socks at Christmas. It is a nice sentiment...but you could have done better!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tlingit

    I think I already read this. Many of the stories have familiar names but that's easy to have in a horror book of short stories. I know I read The night flier by Stephen King it was best read the first time around because it's an average story of his. Good concept, interesting plot but for some reason doesn't take the whole concept all the way through. Orange is for anguish, blue for insanity by David Morrell is one of my all time favorite psychological horror stories (which differ from the regul I think I already read this. Many of the stories have familiar names but that's easy to have in a horror book of short stories. I know I read The night flier by Stephen King it was best read the first time around because it's an average story of his. Good concept, interesting plot but for some reason doesn't take the whole concept all the way through. Orange is for anguish, blue for insanity by David Morrell is one of my all time favorite psychological horror stories (which differ from the regular horror because usually there's virtually no blood or death or violence unless it is held within a characters' minds). It is incredibly difficult to write psychological horror without using magic or some other contrivance that makes the premise of the story shaky and stupid. The other stories I would have to read the first paragraph to reacquaint myself with them. There may be some more gems in here but I'm not that motivated to read it again within the year.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

    An average anthology, with a couple of really neat stories, as well as the only story that I ever found too horrific to finish. This anthology seems to mark the beginning of what I call the "Dark Age" of horror, comprising the 90s and the first part of the 2000s, where the genre went through a noticeable decline in quality due to a combination of factors, such as the negative effects of the "extreme horror" movement and increasing competition from the thriller genre. Nevertheless, there are stil An average anthology, with a couple of really neat stories, as well as the only story that I ever found too horrific to finish. This anthology seems to mark the beginning of what I call the "Dark Age" of horror, comprising the 90s and the first part of the 2000s, where the genre went through a noticeable decline in quality due to a combination of factors, such as the negative effects of the "extreme horror" movement and increasing competition from the thriller genre. Nevertheless, there are still some stories here that are well worth reading. The best story was probably Orange Is For Anguish, Blue Is For Insanity; The Night Flier, Spinning Tales With The Dead, Coming To Grief, The Great God Pan, and Next Time You'll Know Me were all good, but not the best stories I have read by their respective authors; The Juniper Tree was disturbing enough that even I couldn't finish it; the rest were mostly forgettable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Baz MW

    Overall it's going to have to be a 3. Stories range from 2s to 5s an the genres jump around a lot. Not so much the genres but the general feel. They jump from slasher to fantasy to supernatural to suspense... I don't know. They are all incredible authors but I don't think these stories are something you should read in succession. If you tend to put a book down for a while and pick it up later this book is for you. If you like to read briskly one after another then maybe not. Then again with ever Overall it's going to have to be a 3. Stories range from 2s to 5s an the genres jump around a lot. Not so much the genres but the general feel. They jump from slasher to fantasy to supernatural to suspense... I don't know. They are all incredible authors but I don't think these stories are something you should read in succession. If you tend to put a book down for a while and pick it up later this book is for you. If you like to read briskly one after another then maybe not. Then again with everything I review, as I say, this is only my opinion. The next person may give it one star and the next a five. I never judge a book or movie by its reviews, I only use it as a guide. One thing this book has brought to me is an introduction to some brilliant authors I was not previously aware of so I am grateful for that :) Enjoy!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Some of these stories were better than others – Stephen King's The Night Flyer about a vampire who flies from small airport a small airport killing, and the jaded reporter who tracks him down, has withstood the test of time. Another good one was orange is for anguish, blue is for insanity which was about to art students who follow in the footsteps of a controversial painter who went insane. Peter Straub wrote possibly the most powerful story in the book called The Juniper Tree, about child moles Some of these stories were better than others – Stephen King's The Night Flyer about a vampire who flies from small airport a small airport killing, and the jaded reporter who tracks him down, has withstood the test of time. Another good one was orange is for anguish, blue is for insanity which was about to art students who follow in the footsteps of a controversial painter who went insane. Peter Straub wrote possibly the most powerful story in the book called The Juniper Tree, about child molestation, and I wondered if it was a true story. A good anthology, not the best I've read though

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Winter's chosen collections of "horror fiction" generally sucked. Most of the stories were not scary at all. Although, in general, the stories are bad there were three stories that I liked that could have been interpreted as mental illness. The mental illnesses in these horror stories were a woman with suicidal depression during a grieving period, a painter with obsessive thoughts and possible hallucination, and would-be writer who has paranoid delusional ideas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I had this book when I was in junior high. I don't remember much except that I really, really liked "Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity". I don't recall the story (I think it had something to do with Vincent Van Gogh?) but reading the title is filling me with the creeps. My lizard brain must remember something at least mildly terrifying. I should dig it out and re-read it. Hope it doesn't disappoint!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    A stunning anthology of short stories by the current masters of the horror genre. Every story is wickedly compelling, full of vampires, both traditional and some modern updates of the species. Each piece explores the human psyche and soul, revealing out most primal needs and fears as humans. Pull up your reading chair and turn on the lights. Then read and enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maurean

    Ahhhh....October. The perfect time for a good chilling tale (or thirteen!). I was familiar with some of the authors (King, Barker, Straub) but many were new to me. I particularly enjoyed the tales of Morrell ("Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity"), Ligotti ("Alice's Last Adventure"), and Cady ("By Reason of Darkness") and will definitely be looking to read more by them!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    These stories sucked. I barley understood some of them. I actually put it down half way through. I mean with names like King and Straub and Grant and Campbell, i really was looking forward to reading this. Alas I was mistaken. The only decent story in it was by Barker. Not exactly evil, but well written and thought provoking unlike the rest of this crap.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lew

    As other reviewers mentioned, I was disappointed with this collection of stories. Mr. Winters definitely has a different definition of Prime Evil than I have. The stories seem more to do with people having mental health issues (PC for going crazy). As the title states the stories are by some of the masters of modern horror but none of these are there best works.

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