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Drink for the Thirst to Come [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Santoro
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Book Description

Here There Be Monsters: The fifteen stories of Drink for the Thirst to Come lead the reader into the darkest corners of the imagination. The people who inhabit these places are demons or angels; here, life ends horribly or stretches to the darkest eternity. Here, the world dies whimpering, ends with a bang, or goes down with the clack of a billion tiny teeth. Here, you’ll find all the standard tropes, vampires, zombies, ghosts, ghouls. You may not recognize them, not right away. They might be standing in a quiet corner or walking in a sunny field or seated next to you on a bus, they might be pulling up to the gas pump or, hell, they might be you, sitting there, reading the book.

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  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Silverthought Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Santoro is a master storyteller February 13, 2012
By Robyn
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I need to find a way to express that feeling you had when you were a kid and the monster under the bed was most certainly going to get you if you put your feet down there on the cold floor, or the conviction that Granny's attic door led to another world full of spooks and secrets, except you're having that feeling as a grown-up. It's not nostalgia. You are *there* - still all grown up, but *there*.

Santoro has the ability to immerse you in stories so that they become like memories of lifetimes not your own - science fictional dystopias, dark memories of war, once upon a time in a dark dark woods, fending off the night with a flashlight beneath your blankets, and more. Drink for the Thirst to Come is a collection that will take you to that place. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Fright On December 30, 2011
By Allan
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This is a marvelous group of stories and a perfect introduction to Lawrence Santaro's other work. I heartily recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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**4 and a half stars**

I heartily recommend this book, and if Amazonly possible, would give it 4 and a half stars. Why not 5? Well, 5 is perfection and there are two minor flaws in this particular diamond: one, the font changes fairly often and inexplicably*, which can take the reader out of the story. And two, some of the stories tend to ramble and take their sweet time. To someone like me, who tends to love language for language's sake, this isn't a problem, but if you're looking for short, sharp, flash fiction this probably isn't for you.

In that vein, the title story takes an age to get going, coughing and rattling like an ancient jalopy before roaring into unexpected life. Okay, the font doesn't get better, but the sense of reading something truly worthwhile sure does. It is a quest story set in a post-apocalyptic world, but that description is like saying Riddley Walker's about some weird kid in a Kent of the future. And returning to those opening passages now, I see something I completely missed first time around: Santoro's writing style itself is a comet that comes closest to being captured by the orbit of a star named Bradbury than anything I've read in a long, long time.

But I'll resist a blow-by-blow account of each individual story. Suffice it to say, there is plenty here to creep you out, all the way down to the follicles, to turn your stomach, to genuinely frighten you enough to want the lights turned back on for real. Even the stock monsters of horrordom appear in altered form, disguised enough to terrify anew via the delayed shock of recognition. The voice is often perfect for each story. Gruff, strange, foreign, familiar. Settings and mood are never repeated one story to the next. New Orleans here. Chicago there. 1940s wartime England elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great collection by a great writer August 29, 2014
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Aside from the fact that this book contains one of the most chilling -and therefore one of the best - horror short stories ever written, there are a number of reasons why you should pick up this book. Fortunately, the are all clearly enumerated for you in the table of contents.
As warm as Bradbury, as deft with language as Burroughs, and as chilling as a storm cloud crossing the sun, Santoro is one writer who never fails...but at what you're going to have to read for yourself.
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More About the Author

Before focusing on writing horror and dark fantasy, American author Lawrence Santoro spent thirty years as a director, producer and actor in theater and television.

In 2001 his novella "God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him" was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association. In 2002, his adaptation and audio production of Gene Wolfe's "The Tree Is My Hat," was also Stoker nominated.

In 2003, his Stoker-recommended "Catching" received an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow's 17th Annual "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" anthology. In 2004, "So Many Tiny Mouths," was cited in that anthology's 18th edition. In the 20th, his novella, "At Angels Sixteen," from the anthology A DARK AND DEADLY VALLEY, was similarly honored.

Larry's first novel, "Just North of Nowhere," was published in 2007. You can view a trailer for the book at:

In December, 2011, a collection of his short fiction, DRINK FOR THE THIRST TO COME, was published was published by Silverthought Press. A video trailer for DRINK... can be seen at:

Since its inaugural show in January of 2012, Larry has hosted the weekly horror podcast, "Tales to Terrify" (, the sister-show to the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa.

RECENT ADDITIONS: In October, 2013, his Vietnam-era horror tale, "Instructions on the Use of the M-57 Clacker" appeared in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER from Crystal Lake Publishing.

In November, 2013, his Lovecraftian story, "Jars," was published in CANOPIC JARS: TALES OF MUMMIES AND MUMMIFICATION from Great Old Ones Publishing.

Larry lives in Chicago and is working on a new novel, "A Mississippi Traveler, or Sam Clemens Tries the Water," as well as adding to a linked collection that spins off from his steampunk novella, "Lord Dickens's Declaration."

Stop by his blog: or listen weekly to his horror podcast, Tales to Terrify,


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