• I love the opening line: "He was just tight enough and just familiar enough with the house to be able to go out into the kitchen alone, apparently to get ice, but actually to sober up a little; he was not quite enough a friend of the family to pass out on the living-room couch."
• I've read this story before. I wonder where and when?
• This is perfect:
He waited for a minute before he said, "I think it's a little silly for you to fill your mind with all this morbid trash. Buy yourself a movie magazine and settle down."
So she should fill her mind with fluffy trash instead. Get the feeling that he's more upset about her filling his mind with morbidity? And wow, how condescending is that bit about the movie magazine?
• "He wanted badly to say something adult and scathing, and yet he was afraid of showing her that he had listened to her, that when he was young people had not talked like that."
• This story would be less creepy if Eileen poisoned his coffee or something. Their conversation, her words and his reactions, made my skin crawl. I got the distinct feeling that she hated him and what she thought he represented. Either that, or she was screwing with him in a major way. Or both.
"The Daemon Lover": In which a groom doesn't show.
• I've read this one, too. But I'm positive I haven't read this whole collection. We shall see.
• Was he ever really there? She ripped that letter up before finishing it. "Thirty, it said on the license." Marriage license? Were there actually people in that apartment at the end, or was it another empty one with rats? So. Is she bananas or is there an actual missing person? Or does any of it matter?
• And then there's this: The Ballad of James Harris. GAH.
• Okay, so the first story made my skin crawl. This one made me tense up. My neck got so tight that I'm still rolling my head around trying to unkink it. It wasn't just her growing panic -- it was that everyone laughed at her.