Reviews of Stalking the Nightmare (1982)
Review by clong (2005-06-13)
Another strong collection of short stories from Harlan Ellison, with a few non-fiction essays thrown in as well. My favorites were "Grail," "!!!The!!Teddy!Crazy!!Show!!!," and the introductory "Quiet Lies the Locust Tells." On the other hand, a couple of semi-autobiographical fictions, "The Hour that Stretches" and "The Day I Died," didn't do much for me. Overall, I'd say this is a slightly less satisfactory collection than, say, Alone Against Tomorrow.
Ellison is always thought provoking, frequently funny, and occasionally iconoclastic. The introduction from Stephen King was a nice plus, and the non-fiction essays were as entertaining as the best of the stories.