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Elizabeth Engstrom

Autor(a) de When Darkness Loves Us (Paperbacks from Hell)

32+ Works 479 Membros 16 Críticas

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Obras por Elizabeth Engstrom

Black Ambrosia (1988) 113 exemplares
Lizzie Borden (1991) 53 exemplares
Nightmare Flower (1992) 44 exemplares
Lizard Wine (1995) 24 exemplares
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, volume 4 (2020) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Imagination Fully Dilated (Anthology) (1998) — Editor; Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Dead on Demand : The Best of Ghost Story Weekend (2001) — Editor; Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Suspicions (2002) 6 exemplares
The Alchemy of Love (1998) 5 exemplares
Black Leather (2003) 4 exemplares
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Editor; Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 37 (2002) 2 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 24 (1996) 2 exemplares
Cuando la oscuridad nos ama (2021) 2 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 45 (2003) 2 exemplares
MOTA 9 Addiction (2009) 1 exemplar
Candyland (2017) 1 exemplar
Hands Of Heritage 1 exemplar
Mothballed 1 exemplar
Crosley (2012) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994) — Contribuidor — 778 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection (2000) — Contribuidor — 333 exemplares
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Contribuidor — 261 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Once Upon a Crime (1998) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
In the Fog: The Final Chronicle of Greystone Bay (1993) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Poe's Lighthouse (2006) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Grey's Anatomy 101: Seattle Grace, Unauthorized (2007) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The UFO Files (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Discoveries: Best of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2015) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Apexology: Horror (2010) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Bedtime Stories to Darken Your Dreams (1999) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



So this is another book I accumulated from Paperbacks From Hell, and it’s really two novellas. When I read the excerpt, I was hooked because the first story reminded me of Room, which terrified and captured me. I guess one of my fundamental fears is being trapped in a single room all alone. But this story predates Room by thirty, forty years?

A sixteen-year-old woman is accidentally trapped in a network of caves underneath a farm after a cellar door closes on her. She has no light and no companions. Only brackish water and slugs and fungus to eat. Yet somehow she lives and gives birth to a child and raises it. It’s so eerie and it moves along at a breakneck clip. Can you imagine what Morlocks these people must look like?

The second story is less scary. It’s about a mentally deficient (in the eighties, she would have been called “retarded” but apparently we don’t use that word anymore) woman who slowly starts to recover her faculties (kind of a Flowers for Algernon thing) through the power of… love? I didn’t like this one as much because it’s not scary and it ends abruptly.

These books are great because they remind me of what the horror genre must have been in its heyday when you had Stephen King leading the charge for a ton of great authors and intriguing concepts. But when the eighties left and the yuppies deserted us and the coke blew away in the wind, King was the only one left remembered.
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theWallflower | 7 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |
Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror. During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare. In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome. There is horror in darkness- horror made greater.
Buttercup44 | Aug 21, 2023 |
This book contains two novellas/short stories.

The best thing I can say about the first one is that it's short. I ended up DNFing the second story after reading 5 or so chapters. Neither one was compelling. Both were quite boring and sad, and not really horror in my opinion
LynnMPK | 7 outras críticas | Jun 29, 2023 |
A 16-year old newlywed, Sally Ann, living on a farm finds herself (accidentally? intentionally?) locked inside an old well complex connected to a vast underground network of caves with underground lakes and streams. Some time later, after she is unable to find a way out, she gives birth to a son, Clinton.

A visitor, whether real or imagined, I do not know, assists with the delivery of her baby.

Some unknown time after she has given birth to Clinton (time elapsed between chapters), she has a conversation with her son about what the world "up there" is like. She has a tough time explaining concepts like "light" and "sight" to someone who has experienced neither, since they live in the pitch black darkness of the caves. Clinton has no frame of reference to conceptualize what she means—except when he dreams. And if you've ever been inside a cave and turned off your headlamps, you know exactly how dreadful the darkness, even temporary as it is, can be.

Even later, when Sally Ann decides to find a way out no matter what, Clinton argues with her, telling her he doesn't believe in "his Dad" or some "world up there". And why would he, when all he has ever known his whole life is the darkness of the caves? In the caves he has everything he needs, slugs and fish to eat, fresh water to drink and swim in? Why would he want anything "up there", assuming "up there" even exists?

What a profound metaphor Engstrom creates in this underground world of darkness. Yes, when darkness loves us, as it has loved Sally Ann and Clinton for so long, people tend to choose the darkness over light.

I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Engstrom's writing, including the second novella, "Beauty Is. . .", that completes the "Two Chilling Tales" in When Darkness Loves Us.
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1 vote
absurdeist | 7 outras críticas | Mar 28, 2023 |



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