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Garrett Boatman – Stage Fright | Review

Title: Stage Fright

Author: Garrett Boatman

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 318

Rating: 3/5

From what I gather, this is considered something of a contemporary-ish classic of the horror genre, coming out towards the end of the pulp horror boom in the 1980s. From what I understand, this is the first time it’s ever been re-printed.

Unfortunately, it loses a few points for its bare-faced cheek, because the novel relies heavily on the concept of dreamies, which are essentially pre-programmed dreams that you can buy. The foreword implies that it’s an original concept that Boatman came up with, but it definitely isn’t. Isaac Asimov created the same concept and with the same name at least a decade before. I wouldn’t have minded so much if he’d been credited.

Other than that, there are some good parts and some bad parts to this, and to be honest, it just reads like any random indie horror novel, but with a little bit of science fiction thrown into the mix. It’s just fine at best, and because that’s pretty much the best that I can say about it, it’s hard for me to give it a particularly high rating.

And so I probably wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re a big fan of historic horror, in which case it’s probably more important to read it because of its place in history than it is for any of its inherent qualities as a story. I read so much each month that I doubt I’ll ever think of this one again and it’ll fade pretty quickly into the background.

If you want to read some good indie horror, you’d be better off with Black Magick by R. Saint Clare, the one that I picked up before this one. And of course, I’d also recommend a book called Meat by a guy called Dane Cobain. So yeah, a disappointment.

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