LOVE YOU AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
A collection from Delirium
Gerard Houarner is an artist, one that's not afraid
to venture into new territories and try different hues and
shades in his prose painting. The artist has hung an entirely
new show in his gallery, and it's well worth coming in to
view, the admission fee is inexpensive and the memories will
linger a lifetime.
Introduction, John Pelan, I Love You And There
Is Nothing You Can Do About It
The twelve tales in I Love You and There is Nothing You
Can Do About It show us Houarner's philosophical side.
These stories concern themselves with the human condition
and less with graphic depictions of physical trauma. There's
plenty of horrible stuff going on, but the purpose is more
to invoke terror... This one will disappear fast and become
scarce once the general public meets him.
Hellnotes, review of I Love You And There
is Nothing You Can Do About It
Miss this one and you may well miss one of the most
influential volumes of the year, and one of horror's most
beguiling, new voices.
Lisa DuMond, SF Site, MEviews reviewing I Love
There is a comfortable range of intensity here...and the
stories work together as a whole nicely.
"The Oddist..." a weird tale with the tonal impact of
a nightmare transcribed... thoughtfulness and attention
paid to both the content and its audience.
Mehitobel Wilson, Gothic.net, I Love You...
This is a very different collection than the author's
first -- PAINFREAK (1996), a teratology of the extremes
of relationships and the intricacies of fetish and desire
-- and a stronger one. These more moderate mappings of the
darkside show an enhanced versatility and perception that
is, perhaps, overwhelmed in his more extreme investigations.
These tales have "staying power." And (did I mention?) stories
that stay with you are the best.
Paula Guran, DarkEcho, I Love You...
...the stories that flesh out this book (flesh bruised
and broken) are hardly romantic trifles, cynical or otherwise.
They are instead Grand Guignolish shockers reminiscent of
John Shirley's work. Houarner's introductions show a concerned
and ethical individual at work, and his sharp literary skills
insure that he always adheres closely to his personal moral
compass, without sacrificing horrific impact. "Our Lady
of the Jars" is my favorite here, straying as it does into
the Borgesian territory of imaginary beings.
Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's, 8/00 On Books
Review of I Love You...
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