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Nightmare Flower (Tor Horror) Hardcover – September 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: Tor Horror
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312854048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312854041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,475,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Indirection and subtle evocations of terror and evil are the hallmarks of this well-crafted collection of horror and fantasy stories. That is not to say there are no letdowns among the 20 tales: one senses that both "Will Lunch Be Ready on Time?" and "Grandma's Hobby" will involve cannibalism long before reaching their "surprise" endings. But most of the stories deliver. In "Quiet Meditation," fantasies about the past war with the dark realities of a woman's life. Engstrom ( When Darkness Loves Us ) indulges in a cliched horror formula in "The Final Tale"--a full moon, a mysterious stranger and storytellers regaling one another with ghost stories--and still turns out quite a shocker. The horror of the title piece, a variation on the man-eating-plant theme, keeps pace with the growth of the dreadful flower. The gem of the collection is the novella "Project Stone." Here a single machine at the center of a utopian city in the Arizona desert turns against its creators. While the machine emits a tone meant to relieve stress, the townspeople are unaware of its purpose. Engstrom unleashes a chilling, totally unexpected ending. This is a genuinely imaginative and diverse collection; if one story doesn't seduce and horrify the reader, the next one surely will.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book. Learn more at www.elizabethengstrom.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed this book. It has just the right combination of mystery and horror...I finished it in one sitting.
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