What happens after the closing credits and before the lights go out? When you turn off your TV, but still aren’t able to sleep? Sometimes only the written word will do.
These twenty-two classic tales are a chilling homage to the silver screen. Discover that James Dean’s death was not an accident, a trip to Oz is a one-way ticket, and zombies were behind the corporate greed of the 1980s. Learn how reality is edited (and found overly long) and how the final girl, the film’s sole survivor, emerges with a captive audience. Join award-winning and bestselling authors from Neil Gaiman to Peter Straub in a journey to the darkest depths of the theater. (goodreads.com)
I’ve read anthologies edited by Datlow before so I got this one through NetGalley thinking that I’d like what I was reading. Not so much here. I’m not disappointed that the stories aren’t actually about horror movies or anything like that. They’re all rather creepy in their own right regardless of how cinema is mentioned. I’m just disappointed in the quality of the stories. Aside from the fact that there isn’t a Neil Gaiman story in here, I can really only say I genuine enjoyed three of the stories: Cuts by F Paul Wilson, about a guy getting slowly garroted around his limbs; each thing I show you is a piece of my death, and Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman, the latter two I can’t even remember what they were about. Shows how big of an impression even the stories I liked left on me.
Most of them were just rather heavy-handed, more interested in being experimental and intelligent than telling a good story. A few were a too abstract for my liking and the couple of poems, well, I’m not big on poems. Neither of them left anything with me. There were more than a couple that really had me struggling to get through and had me constantly checking the page count to see how much farther in the book I had to go. Chalk those up to a combination of odd storytelling and just not being interested in what was going on.
Not to mention my digital copy wasn’t edited very good. It was a file that was mashed together and any illustrated chapter headers were cut off. I had to write down the table of contents before reading because I couldn’t easily access it while reading and I had to reference some kind of title when each story ended. Since I couldn’t see any of them in their rightful places in the book I needed something.
Less than impressed with THE CUTTING ROOM. It’s just not a fit for me as far as anthologies go. This would be something that I’m forced to choke down in a college English class for dissection instead of something I read for fun. There were a few gems in this pile but not nearly enough to render slogging through the rest of the book to get to them.