Friday, December 14, 2007
Dreamsongs Volume I: "Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark"
The first story in George Martin’s Dreamsongs collection (Volume 1) is one of his amateur stories “Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark” and is a Dr. Weird story, kind of a text pulp comic book story. It’s a bit over the top and obvious, but that’s exactly what it is supposed to be. The big surprise is that the story is still entertaining and quite dark. It features a demon breaking out of its own realm to enslave humanity and utterly destroy the souls of humans and the world’s great hero, Dr. Weird, who will fight evil in all its guises. It’s better than I expected from a very early story like this.