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Verschwiegene Gemeinschaften, die in völliger Abgeschiedenheit ihre archaischen Rituale durchziehen. Prediger, deren christlicher Missionarismus von dämonischen Elementen durchzogen ist. Außenstehende, die zufällig zur falschen Zeit im falschen Dorf sind und nun dem lokalen Schutzgeist geopfert werden. Eine dörfliche Gemeinschaft, die vor der modernen Zeit in eine vorchristlich--mythische Dimension flüchtet-und einen hohen Preis dafür bezahlen muss. Diese und ähnliche Themen finden sich in der vorliegenden Sammlung wieder. Also aufgepaßt, wenn Ihr Euch mal wieder auf einen ländlichen Trip in abgelegene Gebiete aufmacht-man weiß nie, wie das enden kann..Zur näheren Anweisung lese man den Inhalt des Buches.
Well - You can't compare, but why do they... There's in fact not a single story that matches the charm, the spookiness, the depth of those authors mentioned in the products description as examples for original Folk Horror like: M.R, James, A. Blackwood or even Lovecraft... What you find instead is pure modernism almost without soul...! Nothing spooky - nothing eerie, nothing scary in any old ways - just talk and bloodfeasting, action comprised not much of a plot in all the stories... The old fashioned cover betrays as much as the foreword... It's a pitty, that a bought it -goes into garbage!
"The Fiends in the Furrows" is subtitled, "An Anthology of Folk Horror." Folk horror dwells in the pagan rituals, quaint traditions, family secrets, ancient superstitions, and/or sorceries of European-American rural village life. Often-times there are spiritual laws in effect, laws that are enforced by a malevolent being ruling over a village, wood, or mountain region where the horror takes place. The horror emerges when an outsider or heretic of some sort inadvertently violates or purposefully challenges an obscure taboo associated with the folk locale and all hell literally breaks out. In the days of the pulps, folk horror was called "weird fiction." The American, HP Lovecraft, wrote weird fiction for the pulps while the English master of folk horror, MR James, crafted his tales purely for the thrill of sharing them with friends. I would mention Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" as two of the more famous modern examples of this genre. The Fiends in the Furrows is an above average collection of short, folk horror stories. Like many short story collections, the quality of the storytelling is uneven depending on the author. Some of the stories here, like "The Jaws of Ouroboros" are more dystopian fantasy than folk horror. Others are somewhat farcical or tongue-in-cheek and never achieve pure horror for me. Thus, I was leaning toward a three star review for this package. However, the writing here is really good. Even if the story doesn't quite pan out, the phenomenal prose will win you over. That amps up the rating to four-stars for me as I love a well-written narrative. My favorite tale was "Back along the Old Track" by Sam Hicks. It's the most evocative of the masters like MRJ and HPL. It's a simple story but creepy. Good folk horror must produce creepy atmospherics. "Sire of the Hatchet" by Coy Hall is what you get when you cross Robert E. Howard with MR James while "The Fruit" by Lindsay-King Miller is a classic skin-crawler with many unanswered questions. Two of the stories, strangely enough, deal with snake-handling Christians. This was unexpected for me and I usually approach such tales with caution as they often contain an overabundance of adolescent barbs aimed at Church people. But both these tales (Eric Guignard and ST Gibson) are quite good. Both feature good snake-handlers and bad ones. And the bad ones have a well-deserved, horrifying end... as it should be for those who violate God's laws or his people! The remaining stories are well-written but resemble fever dreams more than folk horror stories. I prefer more straight forward story-telling with the traditional plot in which an unwitting outsider uncovers the creepy underbelly of a rural idyll, then seeks to escape it, leading to the inevitable demise of said transgressor for the sake of protecting the horrifying social order that has been long imposed on the locals. This book is recommended for those who love short fiction, folk horror, or a well-turned prose narrative. Enjoy!
The first three to four stories were fantastic; the dark, old world tone I was looking for. The rest of the books stories were just nowhere near as griping and I couldn't even get through them all. One story in particular had potential but was so riddled with distracting errors it was obvious that it hadn't been proofread. All in all, the book is well done and the writing is professional. I love the illustration on the cover. The great first-half is worth the price I paid.
Absolutely fantastic collection of stories. Every single one was great, creating their own weird worlds. My only complaint is that I wish each story was longer because each had such vivid imagery and I love the feel of creeping dread that folk horror exudes.
Usually I find myself disappointed in these types of books, but not the case here! All the stories are very different, but certainly lend themselves to the "folk" horror genre. From eclectic to downright creepy to overtly frightening, I think most people who enjoy these types of stories will be highly satisfied. I will be following most of the authors to see what else they offer. More!