e-Book California Gothic download

e-Book California Gothic download

by Dennis Etchison

ISBN: 1854874152
ISBN13: 978-1854874153
Language: English
Publisher: Dell Publishing; paperback / softback edition (1995)
Pages: 352
Category: Genre Fiction
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.9
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Etchison referred to his own work as "rather dark, depressing, almost pathologically inward fiction about the individual in relation to the world". Stephen King has called Dennis Etchison "one hell of a fiction writer" and he has been called "the most original living horror writer in America" (The Viking-Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural).

California Gothic - Dennis Etchison

California Gothic - Dennis Etchison. His books include the collections The Dark Country, Red Dreams, The Blood Kiss, The Death Artist, Talking in the Dark, Fine Cuts and Got To Kill Them All & Other Stories, the novels Darkside, Shadowman and California Gothic and the anthologies Cutting Edge, Masters of Darkness I-III, MetaHorror, The Museum of Horrors and (with Jack Dann and Ramsey Campbell) Gathering the Bones.

California Gothic glows with literate vision. Underlying this articulate, luminous novel is an angry challenge to received wisdom, not only about the horror genre but about the way we live. Joel Lane "California Gothic embraces popular culture while simultaneously transcending it, blending the character-driven mainstream novel with elements of mystery, suspense and horror. The result is a psychological study of a depth seldom found in genre fiction, overlaid with a radical reinvention of the modern Gothic tale

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California Gothic book. There's quite a good chunk of the book told through the envisioned screenplay I heard Dennis Etchison read his marvelous short story, "Red Dog Down" at World Horror in '08. I later got my hands on this book, and recently completed reading it. This is a psychological horror.

Tonight the fog that rises off the California coast is different.

Featuring an Introduction by Karl Edward Wagner, Red Dreams is "A stunning collection of thirteen macabre stories by America's premier writer of horror" (Fantasy Newsletter). Included here: TALKING IN THE DARK, WET SEASON, I CAN HEAR THE DARK, THE GRAVEYARD BLUES, ON THE PIKE, KEEPER OF THE LIGHT, BLACK SUN, WHITE MOON RISING, THE CHILL, THE SMELL OF DEATH, DROP CITY, THE CHAIR, NOT FROM AROUND HERE. Before the light of dawn, you will know the vengeful fury of the dead. Tonight the fog that rises off the California coast is different.

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The mind often plays tricks on the body – fertile imagination goading the eyes to surreal visions, shadows of the past lending credence to an otherwise unthinkably outrageous perception of the present. Dennis Etchison takes the reader on such an unsettling trip in California Gothic, where the initial mile of beaten path leads to the veritable slippery slope of morbidly suggestive imagery, self-conscious, guilt-ridden brow beating and second guessing in an insane reality where said behavior is not necessarily justified but IS oddly redundant. California Gothic is a dark time capsule of sorts, its apt description of the San Fernando Valley of the 1990s sprinkled with an almost absurd paranormal flavor setting the distinct tone and color of the novel.

Perhaps Mr. Etchison’s point is that you can truly never go home again, or home is where the heart is, or the heart is, indeed, a lonely hunter. Whatever the underlying message may be, it is impossible to pin the author’s intent down and each reader will draw her or her own conclusions from this troubling tale. Beautifully spun novel from a master of the short story - psychedelic, revelatory, foreboding and treacherous. Watch your step on this one; things are never quite what they appear to be.

Finishing this novel was like waking up from a dream. When you dream, crazy things happen to you that seem sort of real yet really weird and illogical at the time, and it doesn't take long to forget the whole thing once you wake up. California Gothic features a disjointed narrative and a rather shaky plot. I really don't understand what Etchison's vision or intention was in writing this novel. Dan and Evie are happily married with one son, Eddie. Before Dan met Evie, his former girlfriend went gung ho over an anarchist resistance group and ended up dead at the hands of government agents. Out of the blue, Dan gets a message from his dead old flame announcing she is coming to take what is hers. Once she gets there, things get weird for everyone. Dan and Evie run around in circles, son Eddie and his fellow horror fan friend try to film their own horror film in the local salvage yard (with the mystery girl from Dan's past as the star), and each chapter seems to have its own separate reality. Some people end up dead, and then book finally winds down to a welcome yet lackluster ending. A lot of what these characters did made little sense to me, especially when two different versions of the same event started appearing in the murkier waters of the denouement. The writing itself does little to make up for the shaky plot. I found many of Etchison's descriptions to be rather contrived and wooden; in fact, he overdoes his descriptions to the point that they often become rather absurd.

Individual chapters did not really seem like different stories, but they also weren't connected to each other well enough to satisfy me. A lot of things struck me as quite goofy if not nonsensical in these pages, and the dialogues were too often forced and artificial. I never really connected with any character, so I never really cared what happened to any of them. This book won't bore you to tears or make you hurl it across the room, but it is far from compelling reading.

Rather than standard horror fare, Dennis Etchison's CALIFORNIA GOTHIC belongs squarely in the category of family gothic literature. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I think this book is a fascinating read, especially if you are already among those discriminating folks who love Etchison's short stories. But Dennis Etchison's fiction, particularly in novel form, is not for the casual reader as much as for the connoisseur. Sex and scandal? Not so much. Great writing, characterization, and gothic goodness? It's all here.

Fans of gothic literature in particular will delight in the way CALIFORNIA GOTHIC displays Etchison's knowledge of the gothic genre and its traditions, which are wonderfully suited to his talents. This is the type of gothic driven by family dynamics and dysfunction. What frightened me the most in this book was Etchison's terrifyingly accurate psychological portrayal of his characters. I felt like I knew these characters, not as "types," but as people, right down to the innermost secret thoughts they would never want anyone to know. Etchison, in my opinion, is one of the most psychologically astute writers in the field of speculative fiction.

In keeping with the gothic atmosphere, Nature echoes and enhances the novel's drama. "… a dying earthworm … cranked its segments in a desperate circle, signaling for help." The family home—a suburban "… long, boatlike prefab kit that some other hopeful soul had hammered together in the forties …" –can symbolize failure as much as success. The theme of appearance vs. reality dominates in its Southern Californian milieu. What better place for the line between dreams and drudgery to blur?

Then there is the original and brilliant use of film as a gothic device—in this case zombie-flick screenplays as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy—serving as commentary on the ongoing action and conflicted characters. This is an inspired artistic choice, carrying on the story-within-a-story tradition of the most beloved gothic tales.

The novel's main problem lies in its underutilization of the more sensationalistic plot elements, which rather than being shunned, should have been put to better use.

Yes, there is Jude, a mystery woman who, many years ago, was once the lover of the protagonist, Dan Markham. Jude belonged to a cult deliciously named the Church of Satan the Redeemer (CSR). Markham believes that Jude burned to death during a raid and subsequent fire in the CSR compound. Markham, though, has moved on with his life. He's got his slice of the American dream—a business, a home, a wife, a young son on the cusp of adolescence. But now it seems his past is returning to haunt him …

I absolutely love the mentions of the Church of Satan the Redeemer (CSR), a clever reference to the appearance of the devil and satanic rites that go with the gothic territory. But the killer/stalker/possible Satanist plot feels out of place, and also like a wasted opportunity because it's really only mentioned in passing from plot point to plot point. I think the sensationalistic elements could have been explored to satisfy the true-crime types and also used as a vivid backdrop to emphasize the more profound ideas and implications of the novel.

Also, though the deepest thoughts and feelings of Dan Markham and his family are woven beautifully into the fabric of the story, the thoughts of the antagonist are a blank page. I think in this case the thoughts of Markham's nemesis might have provided some chilling contrast to the thoughts of the "good" people in the book.

However, I still recommend CALIFORNIA GOTHIC and give it four stars for being an addition to the family gothic genre with original elements and fantastic characterization.

A fast-paced page turner. This novel by Dennis Etchison reads more like a suspense novel than the author's traditional horror field, but is ripe with scary atmosphere just the same. The story of a man's former lover come back to haunt him has all the right elements of a page turner: the eerie atmosphere, the brilliant pacing, and great action prose all combine fluidly to tell a scary story. A great story for anyone in need of their usual suspense/ thriller fix.

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