View Full Version : Harry Keogh and OWH - which new story was your fave?
July 15th, 2003, 04:37 AM
For those of you who have gotten the chance to read the new Necro book - which of the 3 new stories did you like the most?
Resurrection tops my list as most gruesome - pure classic Lumley writing - Disturbing and sentimental at teh same time.
Dead Eddy was a fun read, with that lovely twist at the end.
Dinosaur Dreams.... well - what can be said other than wow - the dead really will do anything for Harry - all sorts of dead things...
How about the rest of you? What are your thoughts?
[ July 21, 2003, 12:55 PM: Message edited by: ShadoeWolfe ]
July 15th, 2003, 07:50 AM
I think I'm with you Shadoe Resurection was my fave to although it was alot smaller than the others it seemed to me that it was more in keeping with the books were as the other two were like little detective stories that don't really give you anymore insight into the Necroscope where as Resurection shows you his fears,loves and losses.
Plus this was the short storie Brian read out at KC2 so it's bound to be that little bit more special to anyone that was there.
Lupa the Ancient
July 16th, 2003, 09:25 PM
Bloody great!! Really enjoyed all 3 of the Harry tales -- Cheers Brian.
Thought Dead Eddy was a great piece of short fiction ... abit of fun for old HK on the Vegas circuit with the little twist -- you could tell something, but not what. Dinosaur Dreams was a little bleaker in tone .. but still had revenge as the key to the story - it was great to visit York as well - YE OLDE FOSSIL SHOPPE -Genius! And I agree with you guys Resurection was a gruesome tale more in keeping with Necroscope.
Top notch writing again .. its hard to pick one because all have a slightly different Lumley twist about them .... I will probably change my mind depending on my mood when I next read them but I'll stick my neck out and say -DEAD EDDY!!
July 18th, 2003, 09:29 PM
All 3 stories were great, it was nice to read more about Harry. Resurrection was the creepiest - and I could still hear Brian's voice from KC2. :eek:
Dead Eddy, loved it. With everything Harry went through, it was nice to know he got to go on a vacation, :D er, sort of.
Dinosaur Dreams was cool too. Dinosaurs are facinating, and I can totally beleive that is what a dinosaur would be "thinking" about - you know what I mean. ;)
July 19th, 2003, 06:07 AM
Guys (and Gals),
Have I missed something here???? I thought the book had more than just Harry Keogh, or am making this up? What about the other stories people, were they any good, granted I've read most of those before, and have an opinion on them, but you guys might not have read them, so an opinion on those as well as Harry Keogh please...
I find it a bit sad that I've only read reviews of a third of the book that carries some other excellent short stories and novelettes, or should they technically be elsewhere as they don't come under "Necroscope", although published alongside, so surely they would fit here!
July 19th, 2003, 06:09 AM
Oh, I know all of the other stories aren't new, but they will be to some people! The Hero and Eldin ones being ones I haven't read before, so they are new to me and therefore my last post only just on topic smile.gif
The Caller of the Black
July 19th, 2003, 04:23 PM
Well said Tops, it is a bit sad due to Necroscope bias that people have only mentioned three eighths of the new book. Tut tut!
It took ten years to complete my collection.
I enjoy the Necroscope saga but as a personal preference, I'm rooted in the Mythos, although this doesn't seem to be a two way street.
The fact is, if I was a newbie, I'd get the idea that Brian became an author in 1986 and he only wrote about vampires.
I never tire of reading the Crow tales and the 3 stories in Weird Heroes are a pleasure to re-visit the psychic detective and a great introduction for new readers who haven't yet read the Cthulu Mythos six-parter, The Compleat Crow or any of the tales and novellas featured in various anthologies.
Even better it was great to read Hero & Eldin in two new adventures swashing their buckles with great aplomb. (That's of course when they're not chasing women, quaffing and bickering.)
Brian has written a host of great stories in different genres since he was first published in 1967 and like me, a lot of people on this site have spent a lot of time and expense acquiring Brian's vast canon, so let's give credit to all of his work.
For the Necrophibes, give the others stories a try, you won't be disappointed.
July 19th, 2003, 05:45 PM
Now now - I only mentioned the first three because they were the 'new' stories in the collection.
I meant no offense or disregard to the other great stories included in this tome. I'll throw in some reviews of the other stories over the next few weeks. :D
July 19th, 2003, 07:28 PM
I would definitely consider the Hero and Eldin ones new because the print run on them will have been below a thousand, and most people wont have them in their collections, I have to say I don't, or didn't, but do now... :D :D :D :D
July 19th, 2003, 07:33 PM
Damn, I need to reply to Mr black as well... I'm with you on the mythos side of things, but hey, you know what I read mostly...
I think what it comes down to is that Brian knows how to please his fans, for the Necroscope die hards, there's Harry Keogh stories, for the Mythos fans, there's the crow stuff, and well I don't know where Hero and Eldin fit in, but the're always good for a laugh:)
July 19th, 2003, 09:34 PM
Though I started with the Necroscopes I think it's no secret that my real passion for BL's work is firmly rooted in the shorts (now now!).
That being the case I loved to chance to go on a couple of Dreamland adventures that are new to me, more so than the new Keogh adventures.
The bawdy, boozy and boistrous exploits are always a joy to read and I too look forward to seeing what others think of these...
As for the Titus Crows... Well, the are the stories that hooked me into the shorts so they'll always have a fond place in my heart.
I'll join in the chant for those who only know Mr Lumley htrough the Necroscope saga to use the latest collection as an introduction to his other work. Try Fruiting Bodies, Beneath the Moors or any one of a miriad of collections that will introduce you to new worlds, new twists, new thrill and scares... ;)
Lupa the Ancient
July 20th, 2003, 05:42 AM
Oh Dear ... I also didn't mean to cause offence by just mentioning the Harry tales.... my real love for Brian came with the mythos tales and HPL.
I have read the tales in one collection or another over the years and intend to re- read again when I return from my Hols. I needed my HK fix and have been looking forward for a while so just went straight to 'em.
Sorry guys..... feel suitably 'told off' by the Mythos fans!! :(
The Caller of the Black
July 20th, 2003, 11:40 AM
My post wasn't intended to cause offence or tell people off, everyone has their favourite tale(s) and character(s). Let's just try and steer away from necroscope.com, there's so much more material around.
End of the day, we're all fans of Brian's work, some of whom have been priviliged to meet the great man.
Otherwise it'd be like being a Beatles fan and people just talking about Sgt Pepper or into Peter Sellers and only mentioning the Pink Panther films; i.e good stuff, but only one topic of conversation.
Lupa the Ancient
July 21st, 2003, 07:38 AM
No offence taken at all mate ... I think what you are saying is spot on. Anyone out there who hasn't read the tales of Titus Crow or Hero, should really have a look.
[ July 21, 2003, 04:40 AM: Message edited by: ancient1 ]
July 21st, 2003, 08:08 AM
I could growl... I think the point has been missed... now we've covered Necroscope, Titus Crow and Hero/Eldin... what about all the other great stuff he's written that doesn't encompass any of this... for example, there's Tarra Khash and the Theem hy'dra (sp) stories, the Pscyomech Trilogy, Khai, House of Doors, Demogorgon, and a whole host of short stories that don't cover these three things...
edit: I've gone way off topic, but I guess you see my point!... hope there's no offense taken by anyone over this!
[ July 21, 2003, 05:09 AM: Message edited by: Tops ]
July 21st, 2003, 08:45 AM
Alright TOPS keep your hair piece on it's not the end of the world you know there are a million trillion books out there by a million writers we can't possibly read them all, so some people prefer Necroscope and either haven't got the time or heaven forbid the inclination to pick up another one of Brian's books.
Most of middle America think the Bible is the greatest book of all time but I aint going to read it even if they think we all should.
I'm not having a go TOPS it's just it's up to each individual what they read,like and discuss and don't forget it was you that told me in the movie forum that "If we all liked the same things the world would be a pretty boring place"
So by all means bring the topic up of the other stories and books and express your opinion but don't get all crazy when other people want to discuss something else or only one thing it isn't the end of the world and it's only a book not a kidney ! smile.gif
July 21st, 2003, 09:11 AM
next time I'll keep my mouth closed then. I thought when I wrote that, I should have left things alone, but opening up discussion, is good, and healthy for the community...
looks like I did offend someone, not that it was the intention (as I said in the last post), and I thought this was a Brian Lumley board where we _do_ discuss everything related to Mr Lumley's work.
Ancient1, I hope my post didn't offend you one bit, if it did, then I'm sorry about that smile.gif
[ July 21, 2003, 06:19 AM: Message edited by: Tops ]
July 21st, 2003, 10:34 AM
redface.gif Tops I was afraid that you may take it the wrong way my intention wasn't to show any disspleasure I was only saying that People may not have wanted to talk about the other stories thats all, I wasn't offended in anyway and you are quite free to discuss anything you want all I was trying to say was that theres no use getting angry about it I meant it in a friendly way I really am sorry if you feel I was out of order and all I was trying to get accross was that it takes different strokes for different folks.
Sorry again I hope you'll except my appology. smile.gif
July 21st, 2003, 10:48 AM
NP.... I wasn't angry with you... more myself for going completely off topic.
No apologies necessary my friend smile.gif
Lupa the Ancient
July 21st, 2003, 11:50 AM
Oh Tops mate ... I wasn't offended at all -- I reckon its good to have a debate and discussion. Think its difficult sometimes to interpret the tone of posts ... and all I can say is no offence was taken or meant.
Likewise if any of my posts have offended anyone -- Sorry !! Its a discussion board after all and all views are valid. ;)
July 21st, 2003, 11:57 AM
Well actually A1 I do find some of the things you say offensive like the L word I wish you wouldn't band it around so much it's foul language where I come from :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Lupa the Ancient
July 21st, 2003, 02:16 PM
M@NC OFF HH!!!!! :D
July 21st, 2003, 02:24 PM
It deeply sadens me when all a person can do is is use foul and abusive language to an other human being what is the world coming to ? :(
July 21st, 2003, 02:27 PM
BLEEP YOU YAH BLEEPING BLEEP BLEEP, I'M GONNA BLEEP YOU ALL OVER THE BLEEPING PLACE COME KC3 YOU BLEEPING MOTHER BLEEPER !!! :D
July 21st, 2003, 02:58 PM
Let's stop this now and get back to the point...
Read Lord of the WOrms yeaterday, and forgot just how good it was when I read it about 4 years ago... wish I'd revisited it again soon, now I have a need to read the Mythos Cycle novels once again, but it's needs to fit arand other things that I am reading!
July 21st, 2003, 03:59 PM
Wow - I think we should get back to the point. Does anyone remember what my original question was?
I even got sucked into apologizing for my question, but then I looked at the topic and realized I shouldn't have.
It was posted in the NECROSCOPE forum. It asked only about the 3 NEW NECROSCOPE stories.
It wasn't disregarding Brian's other works, or saying Necroscope is the only thing he has written.
It was a simple question about the 3 BRAND-NEW stories Brian wrote intended to get some discussion about the new stories going. And there was some discussion until it went off topic and people started getting their feather's ruffled and the thread is irrelevant to the main point now completely.
[ July 22, 2003, 12:41 PM: Message edited by: ShadoeWolfe ]
July 21st, 2003, 04:31 PM
Sorry Shadoe I do tend to get over excited and go off on my own little tangent, sorry again if it helps I feel quite ashamed of myself ! redface.gif
Anyhoo thought the new Necro stories were brill I'd been looking forward to them for ages and they didn't dissapoint, it's always nice to revisit Harry even if it's only for a short while.
Lupa the Ancient
July 21st, 2003, 09:35 PM
Likewise -- Sorry Shadoe and all fellow Lumlians for this pretty sad thread...
As I mentioned earlier (seems ages now!) ... my personal favourite of the 3 Necroscope tales was DEAD EDDY. I felt that all were slightly different in style -- Resurrecion much more in keeping with necroscope, and very dark in tone.
DEAD EDDY was fun .. it put Harry in quite a foreign position, betting in Vegas! And gave the lad abit of much needed respite.... still trouble (and the dead) ain't far behind. A 'superhero' for the dead - DINOSOUR DREAMS also followed that particular style -- plus a trip to York!!
I wonder which one would come out top on a poll?
July 22nd, 2003, 10:48 AM
GO SHADOE!!! was going to point out that this was a Necroscope part of the board but was afraid of being shouted at.
Evryone should be happy that they can afford the new book. Not that I'm bitter, oh no.
July 27th, 2003, 01:41 AM
I didn't mention the other stories at all in the upcoming newsletter! :eek:
Y'all don't hate me. I'd already read all the others ... yep, even the Dreamlands. :D
I tried to get people talkin' about 'em back when I ordered their respective issues in Weirdbook.
To tell the truth, I overlooked them completely when the book arrived!
Go on, sumbudy say sup'm.
As for the Neccies, I liked 'em all in equal measure.
Nice to see some discussion, btw. smile.gif
July 30th, 2003, 10:49 AM
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