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! 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. 6) SKIRMISH ON BASTABLE STREET: an immensely enjoyable demoniac bargain story that lifts the mood of the book with its comic touches. 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. Read this, and know that it can be the most horrific thing that you have ever encountered.
There's another review that gives a good description of each of the stories within this collection, so I'll briefly describe why I liked it and some of my favorites. A few of the genre in this book are: sci-fi horror, which I'm a sucker for, of Window, The Time of the Worm, and Industrial Complex; straight horror of The Tehama, and Olida; and several humorous pieces like How Dobbstown was Saved, and Skirmish on Bastable Street. Hopefully this short review adequately describes the brilliance of this collection, and why Bob Leman deserves a wider audience.
Leman was not a writer by profession and that might have permitted him to write whatever the hell he wanted.
My initial impulse would be to rate this book a bit lower, but I'm not sure if that's because I didn't like it that much or because I had set my expectations inappropriately. But once I started reading these old-timey stories, with their overall very detached tone and careful pacing, my initial enthusiasm waned.
well, I am sure Ed Lee has read Bob Leman.
The remainder of the tale describes the development of an independent human personality in an alien presence" ..snore Skirmish on Bastable Street - 2* https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... How Dobbstown Was Saved - no access The Time of the Worm (Goster County) tbr - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Leman deftly bypasses this first by presenting" ..snore Loob (Goster County) - tbr in folder Unlawful Possession - 3* https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
He wrote imaginative science fiction tales, eventually compiled into a collection of short stories, "Feesters in the Lake," published in 2001. 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. Mr. Leman wrote most of his science fiction short stories during the 1980s. 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.