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HorrorBob
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:10 pm  Reply with quote



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Aaron2010 wrote:
Yeah I know. He did a speaking engagement at a church just on the other side of town....No shit.


Yeah I read about that on his blog. Did you go to it?
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Aaron2010
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:48 am  Reply with quote



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No. I would've burst into flames if I had. I'm surprised that Keene didn't.


Really, I wish I had gone. It was about 35 minutes away and I totally forgot all about it.
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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:09 am  Reply with quote



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I LOVED The Rising...Sort of dug City of the Dead, and LOVED Terminal.

I have the Conquerer Worms sitting on my shelf. I am a fan of this man's work.

Though I don't really like books in the first person as I feel it eliminates a lot of the suspense but Terminal worked me over quite a bit so hopefully TCW will do the same.
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Tony Saint
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:30 pm  Reply with quote



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Didn't See It Coming wrote:
Though I don't really like books in the first person as I feel it eliminates a lot of the suspense...


For some reason, I feel the same. First-person has always felt gimmicky to me. It works well in crime stories, but I've always preferred (limited) third-person voice in horror. I can't explain it.
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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:38 am  Reply with quote



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Tony Saint wrote:
Didn't See It Coming wrote:
Though I don't really like books in the first person as I feel it eliminates a lot of the suspense...


For some reason, I feel the same. First-person has always felt gimmicky to me. It works well in crime stories, but I've always preferred (limited) third-person voice in horror. I can't explain it.


I can...In a first person narrative 99% of the time, unless it's complete bullshit, the protagonist can't die. So it eliminates ANY kind of suspense. But there is the 1% in which an auther tweaks the concept and does it in such an amazingly clever way. Keene does that in Terminal.
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Kaisersoze
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:15 am  Reply with quote



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Old topic, but having just about finished The Conqueror Worms, add me to the list of Keene-fans.

I'll order The Rising, City of the Dead and Terminal as soon as my next pay rolls in.
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Aaron2010
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:05 am  Reply with quote



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The Rising is a great fucking book. But keep City of the Dead close by when you finish it. You'll want to start it right away.
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Caterpillar
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:54 am  Reply with quote



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The problem is that CITY OF THE DEAD doesn't nearly live up to the prmose of THE RISING. It felt rushed, uninspired and like a book he had to write rather than one he was passionate about. It also needed a lot of editing. There'd be a nice drinking game where you have to down a shot every time a character "quips" something. You'd be shitfaced before you get through 20 pages.

So far CONQUEROR WORMS is my favorite of Keene's books. Love the part with the Satanists and the Cthulhu.
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Aaron2010
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:39 pm  Reply with quote



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He did have to write COTD. After all the mail he received from the ending of THE RISING, he had to end it somehow.

I still liked The Rising better than any other.
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thedudeabides
PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:28 pm  Reply with quote
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I'm a big fan of his.
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conundrum
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:02 am  Reply with quote



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He has some decent short stories out there too if you look for them.

I have been recommended "Terminal" on more than one occasion so I may have to check that out.
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Spookshow
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I loved both. Great zombie books.
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ManiacFromBeyond
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:43 am  Reply with quote



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Terminal is still my favorite and I'm working on The Conqueror Worms right now. Lookng forward to Ghoul next year.
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HorrorBob
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:48 am  Reply with quote



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I recently read Keene's Take The Long Way Home, which is a very hard book to get your hands on. It only 100 pages long, but it's a pretty dam good book. It's about the rapture. It's unlike any other of Keene's work. It's a book that feels almost emotionally real.

On the flip side I can't wait until Ghoul comes out. Brian honestly thinks that this is his best work yet. So I'm eager to check it out.
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Spookshow
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:31 am  Reply with quote



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thedudeabides wrote:
I'm a big fan of his.


Me too. I can't wait until his next book.
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