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* BedlamHouse: The asylum in the short story "Into Whose Hands". Wagner had trained as a [[WriteWhatYouKnow psychiatrist]], lending the piece some very nasty implications.

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The asylum in the short story "Into Whose Hands". Wagner had trained as a [[WriteWhatYouKnow psychiatrist]], lending the piece some very nasty implications.


* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The River of Night's Dreaming" [[spoiler:when Cassilda is raped by her captors it is repeatedly mentioned how cold their flesh is, and after one such encounter one of them is specifically stated to have fangs dripping with blood. However they do not seem to have any typical vampire weaknesses or traits, and are seemingly subject to harm from normal implements. Given that the story is told [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness]], however, it's possible that none of what Cassilda experiences is accurate.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The River of Night's Dreaming" [[spoiler:when Cassilda is raped by her captors it is repeatedly mentioned how cold their flesh is, and after one such encounter one of them is specifically stated to have fangs dripping with blood. However they do not seem to have any typical vampire weaknesses or traits, and are seemingly subject to harm from normal implements. Given that the story is told [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness]], [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness through the eyes of madness]], however, it's possible that none of what Cassilda experiences is accurate.]]


* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The River of Night's Dreaming" [[spoiler:when Cassilda is raped by her captors it is repeatedly mentioned how cold their flesh is, and after one such encounter one of them is specifically stated to have blood dripping from her fangs. However they do not seem to have any typical vampire weaknesses or traits, and are seemingly subject to harm from normal implements.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The River of Night's Dreaming" [[spoiler:when Cassilda is raped by her captors it is repeatedly mentioned how cold their flesh is, and after one such encounter one of them is specifically stated to have blood fangs dripping from her fangs.with blood. However they do not seem to have any typical vampire weaknesses or traits, and are seemingly subject to harm from normal implements. Given that the story is told [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness]], however, it's possible that none of what Cassilda experiences is accurate.]]


* PsychoLesbians: "The River of Night's Dreaming."

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* PsychoLesbians: [[PsychoLesbian Psycho Lesbians]]: "The River of Night's Dreaming."

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The River of Night's Dreaming" [[spoiler:when Cassilda is raped by her captors it is repeatedly mentioned how cold their flesh is, and after one such encounter one of them is specifically stated to have blood dripping from her fangs. However they do not seem to have any typical vampire weaknesses or traits, and are seemingly subject to harm from normal implements.]]


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* PsychoLesbians: "The River of Night's Dreaming."


Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 13 October 1994) was a American writer of {{Horror}}, ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and {{Poetry}} as well as a publisher and editor. A fan of Creator/RobertEHoward, he edited a three-volume set of the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories that restored them to Howard's form as written; he also did a number of {{pastiche}}s featuring Conan and Literature/BranMakMorn. Other editing work included fourteen volumes of the long-running anthology series ''The Year's Best Horror Stories'' and several collections of the work of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman. His most popular works are the long-running stories of Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, and his often-anthologized short story "Sticks".

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Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 13 October 1994) was a American writer of {{Horror}}, ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and {{Poetry}} as well as a publisher and editor. A fan of Creator/RobertEHoward, he edited a three-volume set of the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories that restored them to Howard's form as written; he also did a number of {{pastiche}}s featuring Conan and Literature/BranMakMorn. Other editing work included fourteen volumes of the long-running anthology series ''The Year's Best Horror Stories'' and several collections of the work of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman. His most popular works are the long-running stories of Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, and his often-anthologized short story "Sticks".


* VoodooDoll: With a twist in "More Sinned Against".

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* VoodooDoll: With a twist in "More Sinned Against".
Against". [[spoiler: The victim is an actor and his abused and exploited girlfriend works at a toy manufacturing company. Just think of all those action figures and what kids typically do to them...]]

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* DepravedHomosexual: ''Creator/OscarWilde'', of all people, in "The Picture of Jonathan Collins".


* AncientConspiracy: "The Fourth Seal"

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* AncientConspiracy: "The Fourth Seal" Seal"
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Invoked {{squick}}ily in "Brushed Away".



* CelebrityIsOverrated: The short story "Neither Brute nor Human," which suggests a vampiric/parasitic relationship between creator and fandom.

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** "The Final Cut" gives a regular medical hospital a treatment something like this.
* BondageIsBad: Sometimes. Sometimes it's just a kink.
* BrownNote: "Little Lessons In Gardening."
* CelebrityIsOverrated: The short story "Neither Brute nor Human," which suggests a vampiric/parasitic relationship between creator and fandom. A more touching/tragic riff shows up in "Did They Get You to Trade?"



* {{Homage}}: "Plan 10 From Inner Space", which sends up Creator/EdWood but also a lot of 50s BMovie tropes.



* ShoutOut: the novella "The River of Night's Dreaming" and the short story "Beyond Any Measure". Only the former explicitly references ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''; the latter is something of an homage to ''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.

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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: "Locked Away"
* ShoutOut: the novella "The River of Night's Dreaming" and the short story "Beyond Any Measure". Only the former latter explicitly references ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''; the latter former is something of an homage to ''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: "The Slug". Also about [[HowIWroteThisArticleArticle creative blockage.]]


* DisposableVagrant: "Where The Summer Ends" has several homeless people fall victims to the creatures maintaining [[spoiler:the kudzu]].

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* DisposableVagrant: "Where The Summer Ends" has several homeless people fall victims to the creatures maintaining [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:maintaining the kudzu]].


* OurGhostAreDifferent: "In The Pines"

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* OurGhostAreDifferent: OurGhostsAreDifferent: "In The Pines"



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* AlienKudzu: "Where The Summer Ends" has a supernatural example [[spoiler:that also happens to be actual Kudzu]].
* AncientConspiracy: "The Fourth Seal"


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* DisposableVagrant: "Where The Summer Ends" has several homeless people fall victims to the creatures maintaining [[spoiler:the kudzu]].
* OurGhostAreDifferent: "In The Pines"


Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 13 October 1994) was a American writer of {{Horror}}, ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and {{Poetry}} as well as a publisher and editor. A fan of Creator/RobertEHoward, he edited a three-volume set of the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories that restored them to Howard's form as written; he also did a number of {{pastiche}}s featuring Conan and Literature/BranMakMorn. Other editing work included fourteen volumed of the long-running anthology series ''The Year's Best Horror Stories'' and several collections of the work of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman. His most popular works are the long-running stories of Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, and his often-anthologized short story "Sticks".

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Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 13 October 1994) was a American writer of {{Horror}}, ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and {{Poetry}} as well as a publisher and editor. A fan of Creator/RobertEHoward, he edited a three-volume set of the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories that restored them to Howard's form as written; he also did a number of {{pastiche}}s featuring Conan and Literature/BranMakMorn. Other editing work included fourteen volumed volumes of the long-running anthology series ''The Year's Best Horror Stories'' and several collections of the work of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman. His most popular works are the long-running stories of Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, and his often-anthologized short story "Sticks".



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* VoodooDoll: With a twist in "More Sinned Against".

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