"The Ginger Bear" sounds as if it would make a choice addition for this year's Advent of Azathoth calendar. Something festive for the season.
Relatively tame by GNS standards, it's still possibly the most graphically violent fiction Dark Horizons had published up to this point. Guy's shorter pieces don't always hit the spot, but The Ginger Bear works for me. From the tone of the following item, it seems unlikely every DH reader would be quite as enthused.
Robert Parkinson - Joe R. Lansdale: Man From The South: To celebrate his Bram Stoker award for the splendid The Night They Missed The Horror Show, a fulsome appreciation of JRL's literary output from 1980. "The vast majority of punters want their stories cut and dried (preferably cut: nothing like a good dose of grue to satisfy the mass-market moron, eh?). So, for much of Joe's early career his stories were driven underground." Eh?
D.F. Lewis - The Groundling: "George prided himself on a poetic frame of mind, something he claimed was as important as it was rare these days. A precious view of life, seen through the eyes of a castaway in a murky ocean of tabloids, soap operas and quick bargains, he said." Possibly autobiographical account of George Darly's pilgrimage to the mysteriously leaning church tower above Driffidge village. A ghost story, I guess. Liked the ending.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.