Flowers of the Sea

I know I must be biased, but, for me, temperamentally, FLOWERS OF THE SEA is the greatest Horror Story ever written. I know that’s pretty strong. But, actually, I do feel that inside.
So imagine my delight when I heard today (HERE) that it is likely to be the title story in a new Reggie Oliver collection published by Tartarus Press.

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  1. This was my original statement on a discussion forum:

    “I know I must be biased, but, for me, temperamentally, FLOWERS OF THE SEA is the greatest Horror Story ever written. I know that’s pretty strong. But,
    actually, I do feel that inside.”

    amid delight that it was likely to become the title story of RO’s next
    collection.

    I tend to have spiritual feelings about Literature, as well as Aesthetic
    instincts about Art and Music that override empiricism – don’t laugh – and I
    have strong beliefs that transcend the mundane. Not that I am religious.

    Factored into THAT is my life experience (I’m sure someone of 65, as I am now,
    will appreciate the story better than someone of 21, ON AVERAGE) and my bias (I published this story in the HA of HA), and the story’s well-crafted prose
    technique, its subject matter (and the way it deals with it) and its ability to
    disturb or scare or make me shiver spiritually, like a lot of good Horror does.
    And also factored into my statement were its other reviews, which as someone said are consistent, I’d say consistently raving.

    The first comment I ever saw about ‘Flowers of the Sea’ went as follows, and
    sort of engrained me into believing even more what I already believed:
    “It’s the most powerful, most heart-rending, and yet most terrifying story I’ve
    ever read. Quite brilliant. Read it and weep. I certainly did anyway.” – i.e. a
    paying reader’s public statement about it.

    Sorry for being typically me! 🙂

  2. As to my choice of horror story before I read ‘Flowers of the Sea’, this has been, for most of the time, the May Sinclair story entitled ‘Where There Fire is Not Quenched’. Ghost stories with such power as that Sinclair one — in which category I would also include ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘Oh Whistle’ and ‘The Upper Berth’ — are really, for me, high quality Horror Stories, with which I was comparing ‘Flowers of the Sea’ when making my statement yesterday.

    Incidentally, as far as I am aware, ‘Flowers of the Sea’ received no award nominations or ‘best of’ appearances for 2011.

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