Synopses & Reviews
The Sun has set, the campfire is lit, and dark night presses insuddenly, the wilderness seems very big and very scary. In the good old-fashioned tradition of story-telling, The Campfire Collection offers twenty-five spine-tingling tales, both true and fictional, of the human experience in the great outdoors. From beastly attacks, to brushes with death and supernatural encounters, this anthology captures the cruel, sometimes macabre, side of Mother Nature. And it isn't pretty. Haruki Murakami describes a life destroying tsunami, and Cynthia Dusel-Bacon gives an agonizingly detailed account of being mauled by a bear. Rounded corners and durable cover make this a suitable companion for any overnight excursion, and large type means easy radin by campfire or flashlight. Whether you're just pitching a tent in the backyard or all the way up on the top of Mount Everest, The Campfire Collection is a chilling read from writers who have lived to tell.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Campfire Collection is a sturdy trade paperback chock-full of scary stories. As edited by San Francisco author Eric B. Martin, some of the entries are fact (like a section of Beryl Bainbridege's "The Birthday Boys" that follow Capt. Robert Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole), some are fiction (among them Tobias Wolff's "Hunters in the Snow"). All take place outdoors, where nature and man (and monster) can turn a wilderness outing into a nightmare experience. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe (of course), Jack London, Paul Bowles and anthropologist Judith M. Brueske. A disparate group, ordinarily, but all on the same page when it comes to making your hair stand on end.
From beastly attacks to supernatural encounters, this anthology of 25 spine-tingling tales captures the cruel, sometimes macabre side of Mother Nature. Includes contributions by Edgar Allan Poe, Tobias Wolff, Peter Mattheissen, Paul Bowles, Beryl Bainbridge, and Jack London.
About the Author
Eric Martin is an author who frequently listens for things that go bump in the night. He lives in San Francisco.
Table of Contents
The show-shoers / George R. Stewart -- The birthday boys / Beryl Bainbridge -- The other side of luck / Greg Child -- Cadillac desert / Marc Reisner -- The seventh man / Haruki Murakami -- To build a fire / Jack London -- A descent into the maelstrèom / Edgar Allan Poe -- The hyena / Paul Bowles -- "Come quick! I'm being eaten by a bear" / Larry Kanuit -- The wolves of Aguila / Peter Matthiessen -- The cremation of Sam McGee / Robert W. Service -- The Marfa lights / Judith M. Breuske -- They bite / Antony Boucher -- The red man / Eric Martin -- Hunters in the snow / Tobias Wolff -- For everything its season / John Long -- McTeague / Frank Norris.