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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press (January 1, 2012)
  • ASIN: B007OX1DPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,575,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Conlon (b. 1962) is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology "He Is Legend" (Gauntlet/Tor), a tribute to author Richard Matheson which was reprinted by the Science Fiction Book Club and in multiple foreign translations. He is the author of several novels, including the Stoker Award finalists "Midnight on Mourn Street" (which he recently adapted for the stage) and "A Matrix of Angels," as well as numerous collections of poems and stories. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JLC VINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
Format: Unknown Binding
This is the story of a man who cannot seem to stop the bleak, spiraling freefall his life has become. The novel opens with a thunderstorm during a power blackout during which Ben, a former writer who has become a high school teacher, is comforting the frightened young girl in his care as water drips from the leaking roof and ceiling into buckets and pans Ben has placed to catch the rain. Ben sits by the girl's bedside in the candlelit gloom, recalling the day the girl first showed up in his classroom to escape the rain outside, and how she came to be the centerpiece of his dreary life. She is the Rain Girl. Ben is a woeful man who sleepwalks through the world like an automaton, and it occurs to him that everything he has become has been due to his embrace of "...this habit of melancholy." Told through a dreamlike collection of interconnected surrealist stories, Ben's past melds into his present, recalling promising relationships that turned to dust, an ugly divorce, a girlfriend's suicide--incidents that turned Ben inward and brought his career as an author to a halt. A delicate architecture of overarching dread through which Ben moves is ever teetering and threatening to collapse around him. And then the Rain Girl arrives, entering his heart and his home, an ailing child who creates a diversion in his endless trudge through the long days and nights. Will she be his salvation or his final damnation? Will the rain ever stop? LULLABY FOR THE RAIN GIRL is a wrenching, lyrical meditation on the horrors we create by choice, a heart-heavy look at the worst--and best--that we can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Firstly, and as usual, I didn't pay anything for this book. It arrived at my doorstep via the good graces of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that kind consideration I give my candid opinions below.

I'd put this book in the genre of concentric psychological horror. The main character is a published novelist and short-story writer and his stories appear as brief vignettes within the main body of the work. I assume that these stories are examples of Conlon's own short story work. So this is a novel that is several stories embedded in a larger encapsulating (though mostly unrelated) narrative.

To the positive side, Conlon has an immaculate grasp of how to say just enough about a situation to get the reader's attention and erect an air of tension in a situation. His imagery is vivid and surreal yet still retains an element of plausibility that is rare in any novel dealing primarily with the metaphysical. Conlon's work reminds me strongly of Lovecraft in its deep yet inexplicable feeling of terror. The reader is on edge but can't quite explain why that is so. One factor in which he deviates strongly from turn of the century horror though is his raw and unapologetic portrayals of sexuality. While I would not go so far as to call the results erotic, he is certainly not afraid to deal candidly and skillfully with the topic.

To the negative side, the novel as a whole did seem to lack the incisiveness of the individual sub-stories. As a reader I'm tempted to go back and re-read the stories within the story and ignore the more protracted narrative. In the vein of the larger narrative, it seemed to stumble a bit as it tried to explain the metaphysical aspects of a particular event in the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JW Schnarr on April 1, 2012
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There's something about the rain that draws us to it. It's dark, and its cold wet fingers draw heat from us like feeding leeches. We run from it and rush toward it in alternating breaths, between layered moments reminding us of the cold of death and vibrancy of life.

Christopher Conlon's newest book, Lullaby for the Rain Girl (Dark Regions Press) achieves a similar state. It is a melancholy walk in the rain, a blanket of sadness that somehow affirms life even as death is approaching. The result is a beautifully woven ghost story about old lives, old loves, and past regrets, and about new possibilities, new love, and moving on with the business of living.

At the centre of the story is a man named Ben Fall, whose life is quickly rusting away around him. Ben is haunted by the ghosts of his past; failed relationships, poor decisions, and a tragedy that has scarred him at his most basic emotional levels. He is envious of the man he once was and can't seem to see what kind of man he will become through the gloom of existence.

His life takes a turn for the surreal when Rain Girl comes into his life, and the two develop a lop-sided relationship that will eventually force Ben to make some very difficult decisions about his life.

On one level, the story represents a complicated dynamic between an ailing child with unique needs and a single, overwhelmed parent trying desperately to keep his life together. Her need to be loved is a mirror of what can sometimes happen when children are thrust into this quasi-adult relationship of co-dependency.

In this way, Lullaby for the Rain Girl is a supernatural vehicle describing issues that many single parents have felt at some point in their lives.
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