Bloch and Bradbury: Whispers from Beyond eBook Ì

Bloch and Bradbury: Whispers from Beyond ❰KINDLE❯ ❅ Bloch and Bradbury: Whispers from Beyond Author Robert Bloch – Contents:
By Robert Bloch:
The Shadow From the Steeple
he Grinning Ghoul
Mannikins of Horror
The Druidic Doom
A Question of Etiquette
The Man Who Cried Wolf
By Ray Brad Bradbury: Whispers Kindle Ø Contents:By Robert Bloch:The Shadow From the Steeplehe Grinning GhoulMannikins of HorrorThe Druidic DoomA Question of EtiquetteThe Man Who Cried WolfBy Ray Bradbury:The WatchersFever DreamThe Dead ManThe Handler.

10 thoughts on “Bloch and Bradbury: Whispers from Beyond

  1. Daniel Pestana Daniel Pestana says:

    This was the first book I read when I was about 12 years old. It's still one of my favourite books. All the tales are fantastic.

  2. Mark Oppenlander Mark Oppenlander says:

    This book is a compilation of short stories by Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury. I haven't read Bloch before, and know only that he is the author of Psycho. I picked this book up as part of my Ray Bradbury reading project. It's interesting to see Bradbury's work juxtaposed next to that of another writer, because it reminds you just how good Bradbury really is. The Bradbury stories used here (The Watchers, Fever Dream, The Dead Man and The Handler) aren't his best material, but they still blow the Bloch material out of the water, IMHO.

    In fairness, Bloch is more attuned to the macabre and the occult and that has never been my cup of tea. But in stories such as Mannikins of Horror and The Druidic Doom, Bloch also displays a penchant for purple prose. What Bloch seems to have forgotten (or perhaps never learned) is that sometimes less is more. The creep factor in Bradbury stories rarely comes from Egyptian curses or vengeful werewolves, it comes from everyday people and things (e.g. a buzzing fly or a young boy's fever) which suddenly take on ominous proportions in his brief sketches. With simple understated language, Bradbury builds from the known to the unknown, and is so doing creates true dread. Bloch's grand flourishes are over the top and frankly, a little boring.

  3. Ryan Ryan says:

    Great little intro to Bloch and Bradbury short tales - the Bloch tales are far more enjoyable than the Bradbury ones, which is fortunate because there are 6 Bloch stories and only 4 Bradbury ones. Maybe my least favorite tale being the title story by Bradbury about a kid who suffers from alien hand syndrome - only 7 pages thankfully. With the Robert Bloch tales you get some amazing bits of occult and macabre lore, mixed with a touch of Lovecraftian mythos. Favorite story: A Question of Etiquette, followed by The Druidic Doom...

  4. Dagny Dagny says:

    An odd story to rate. It's the last of a sort of trilogy, but written around fifteen years after the first two. The first third or so is catch-up reminding readers of the other two stories. This would have been necessary when the story was published in 1950, but since I read it in a collection right after reading the other two, it was almost boring, just a rehash. Then the next third was really interesting as the newest investigator got going on the case. I thought I wasn't going to like the ending and that sort of shot down the final third for me. But the very end saved it for me.

  5. J. R. H—n J. R. H—n says:

    I'm an avid fan of both Bradbury and Bloch, so this collection of shorts was a welcome treat. It opens on a deliciously Lovecraftian note and ends with werewolves, what more could I ask for?

  6. Karla Karla says:

    Wow, algunas de las historias sí me dieron miedo, sobre todo las de Bloch, pero las que más me gustaron fueron las de Bradbury.

  7. Patrik Sahlstrøm Patrik Sahlstrøm says:

    This anthology of short stories by Bloch and Bradbury shows the highs and lows of the pulp magazines that published horror stories. Bloch being the low part and Bradbury being the high part.

    Bloch's writing is so awful that a drunk badger could have done better. Either he writes utterly inane Lovecraft fan fiction or he mangles folklore (Druids practicing voodoo, WTF?). And Bloch insists on having glorified versions of himself banging all the female characters. Credit due to Hitchcock for turning some of the garbage Bloch wrote into a good movie.

    Bradbury on the other hand is absolutely brilliant. His skill at evoking a creepy mood in sleepy small cities in the Mid West is truly amazing. The contrast to Bloch is striking when their work is put next to each other.

    Worth getting if you are a fan of Bradbury, just skip the short stories by Bloch

  8. Steve Payne Steve Payne says:

    There are 10 stories here (6 Bloch/4 Bradbury) and my little marking system that I use tells me I enjoyed half of them; ironically, given the above ratio, I enjoyed 3 of the Bloch's and 2 of the Bradbury's. So no one comes out on top!

    The 3 Bloch's that I liked are 'The Grinning Ghoul' (interesting tale of a psychiatrist who visits the graveyard seen in one of his patients nightmares); 'A Question Of Etiquette' (a witch invites someone to a meeting) and 'The Man Who Cried Wolf' (a nicely atmospheric werewolf story).

    The 2 Bradbury's are 'The Watchers' (a man fears insects) and 'The Handler' (fascinating and gruesome tale of a vengeful and macabre undertaker who does strange things to bodies).

  9. David Allen David Allen says:

    Very good stories by Bloch, obscure but good early stories by Bradbury, atrocious typesetting.

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