In the April thread, F.E. said:
As for Jonathan Thomas' collection, I've only read two stories so far but both very interesting and original. Indeed he is one of those most worth keeping track of in the genre right now. A genre that is burgeoning with talent and really thriving in my opinion.
I agree with that assessment. While the "horror boom" of the 80s produced some notable talent, it also produced a fair amount of mediocre or low-pulp-level talent, much of which disappeared within a relatively short period. The writing was simply not on a level to allow this to be more than "reading matter" to pass the time. What we're seeing now, though, is a growing group of literate, thoughtful, writers who have a touch of the poetic to their prose, who write prose that is itself worth reading, not simply to get to the story, but for its own sake. That, I think (based on my own observations, as well as those of others, on what it takes to last) is what makes this current crop of writers much more notable as a whole....