Ray Wallace is one of my favourite indie horror authors who consistently manages to impress me with his quality prose and disturbing imagination. Letting the Demons Out is no exception to these rules, as he gathers 16 of his short works of fiction into this collection.
Most are straight out horror, with a number being Lovecraftian in theme. Most of these are excellent, with the particular standout being the opener, One of the Six; though I was less enamoured with The Thing Within. Other highlights include the titular Letting the Demons Out, It Came From the Swimming Pool and A Dream of an Endless Highway. A set of still other tales derive from and are set within the world of his vampire novel, The Nameless. I opted to only read the first of these as I've yet to consume The Nameless, so I can't speak to all of them, but suffice to say, my interest has been piqued to get my hands on the novel sooner rather than later.
If imaginative horror fiction with occasional sci-fi and comedic tones is up your alley, I strongly recommend you seeking this one out. Wallace has again delivered, this time on the smaller, short-story scale.
4 Laughing Appendages for Letting the Demons Out.
yes the main action has been compelling--especially in the Joker story (about 3 months to Leto! but this will do for now.)--but sometimes it's just the leetle thangs in life that put a smile on my face: a Mr Freeze cameo (let's finally have a perfect Freeze in a live film, please; find him!); some Joker wannabes called the Killer Clowns get rousted in this collection, and I'm wearing my Killer Klowns T-shirt; and when I finally did more than just skim Duane Swiercyznski's Introduction to this graphic novel, I found out that, besides namedropping Ed McBain just to be cool, he also namedropped David Goodis (mega cool)...and...Fredric Brown (okay, now you're just showing off how keyed into Cool you are, Swierczynski). It would be pushy and immature if it wasn't so cool. Meanwhile, Gotham Central Vol. 2 is dynamite, like good Luther episodes (I can play the game too...).
pumped, pumped, PUMPED to be reading this! and Duane Swiercyzinski--in the Introduction--comparing this series to Ed McBain's classic 87th Precinct novels (favorites of mine), while saying McBain "gave birth to the police procedural", is a super-cool dude to make that comparison. now I'm even more excited to get to this portion of Gotham Central, which is supposed to contain some of the best issues done.