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Overall, I can easily recommend this solid group of stories. That is a great taste for this collection and a must read for ghost lovers. Dec 05, Paul Jr. The Haunted Heart and Other Tales is not your typical single-author ghost-story anthology. That's to say that it isn't your typical ghost-story anthology of today.
This collection harkens back to days of "gentler" ghost-stories, the type of ghost stories that I grew up on.
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In fact, as I was reading this, the style reminded me very much of Ambrose Bierce crossed with the old Alfred Hitchcock magazine stories. Interestingly, going back and reading the foreword and afterword, these appear to be so The Haunted Heart and Other Tales is not your typical single-author ghost-story anthology. Interestingly, going back and reading the foreword and afterword, these appear to be some of Currier's influences.
This is not a bad thing. This, to me, is a very good thing. Readers expecting today's traditional ghost-story line-up might be a bit disappointed in this collection, but what Currier has done is gone back to the type of stories he and I enjoyed in his youth. Stories where the ghost is not only an apparition, but a metaphor, a commentary on various aspects of humanity. In that respect, the title of the collection is perfect in that this is about Haunted people; not necessarily ghosts that terrorize the reader.
Some of the stories do work better than others, but there really isn't a bad story here. A few tweaks with pacing might have helped to liven up those with which I connected less, and I would have liked a little more "show" rather than "tell" in a few of them, but again this goes back to the source of inspiration, being particularly evocative of Bierce.
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Most effective are those stories which have a strong through line with the AIDS epidemic; the experience of living though it or not; of having survived it or not. There is exceptional emotion here and Currier uses the ghost-story milieu to look deep into the human soul and psyche. In the end, the ghosts in Currier's gentle collection didn't give me chills or frighten me, but what they did do is leave me haunted.
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Aug 27, Vince Liaguno rated it it was amazing. Jameson Currier knows horror. One of among a handful of pioneering writers who chronicled the impact of AIDS on an entire generation of gay men, Currier lived through and witnessed, first-hand, the ravages of an epidemiologic nightmare. With his landmark novel Where the Rainbow Ends and three subsequent short story collections, he brought humanity to the inhumanness of the AIDS crisis and those victimized by both the disease and a world slow Jameson Currier knows horror.
With his landmark novel Where the Rainbow Ends and three subsequent short story collections, he brought humanity to the inhumanness of the AIDS crisis and those victimized by both the disease and a world slow to respond to it.
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And the experience has left him haunted. Read the rest of the review here May 18, Sean Meriwether rated it really liked it Shelves: lgtbq , authors-i-ve-met. Jameson Currier is a story teller who weaves his tale around you until you genuinely care about the characters. He has the ability to capture dialogue with an almost journalistic objectivity; this places you in the scene as an eavesdropper, making you part of the story.
He is one of the few writers who can be equally literary, erotic, dramatic and damn funny, sometimes all in the same sentence. His collection of ghost stories, The Haunted Heart, allows him to showcase these abilities in original Jameson Currier is a story teller who weaves his tale around you until you genuinely care about the characters. His collection of ghost stories, The Haunted Heart, allows him to showcase these abilities in original stories that are not intended to frighten so much as entertain.
There are a multitude of ghosts here, not just the spirits of the dead, but the ghosts of abusive relationships, bad decisions, personal flaws, and the ever-present ghost of AIDS that forever hovers in the lives of gay men. As a fellow writer, I was equally entertained by the inclusion of short descriptions of how each story came to be, from idea to completion. Oct 15, Chris rated it liked it. Feb 08, Jeannie Sloan rated it it was amazing Shelves: ghost-current , gay-horror-fiction. Spectacular ghost stories. This is one of my favorite of all time books of ghost stories and I have read many.
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