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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743487206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743487207
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite some moments straining for cosmic significance, Straczynski ( Demon Night ) delivers a generally compelling tale of malevolence unleashed. When 16-year-old Chris Martino moves with his mother to Los Angeles from New Jersey, he inadvertently befriends nerdy classmate Roger "Horseface" Obst. Chris writes Roger a note in lemon juice--"invisible ink"--but later a different message appears, and it becomes obvious that a terrifyingly omnipotent force is about to ensnare Roger in its net of darkness. While Roger senses an opportunity for revenge against his student tormentors, Chris resists this evil presence, which identifies itself as Othersyde; therein lies the book's most forceful conflict. As the terror escalates, a policewoman and a sympathetic teacher become involved with the evil around them--and with each other. When sticking to the demonic events and the increasing bewilderment of his recognizable characters, Straczynski holds us transfixed. Chilling scenes that accelerate the well-crafted narrative to its grisly conclusion compensate for occasionally overblown prose. These excesses aside, fans of horror yarns can look forward to this nonstop read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Postmodern Day Hero on July 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My brother surprised me one day by handing me a copy of Othersyde. He found it at a library sale. It's a great read in the same creative vain as Stephen King. Fans of Babylon 5 will not be disappointed by the horror genre, and they will see some references to B5 as well. Frankly, I think the publisher is stupid by not re-releasing this book based on JMS' current popularity. Best of luck to You in Your search for The Othersyde.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy A. Rutter on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Othersyde is a complex weave of teenagers trying to establish themselves in society and get the respect of their peers, but also the eerie tale of an unseen force trying to wreak havoc upon the world.
From the tick-tick-ticking of the telegraph key, to the foreshadowing of Babylon 5 (not yet a series or pilot at time of publish) - Straczynski has a way of pulling you in, locking you up, and then spitting you back out wanting more.
If you can find this book - you will not be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley C. Sargent VINE VOICE on January 31, 2011
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This is the first book by this author, although I loved the "Babylon 5" TV series he wrote (except for a handful of episodes, it's a great work). I'd read reviews of his other recent novel, DEMON something, in which the reviewers compared the book to King's "'Salem's Lot." I can see how they might say the same about this book. The plot is well-developed, luring the reader on via good characterizations and hope for a good climax to the mystery. The climax takes place in very few pages, and the actual solution is vague at best. Not as maddening as King's disappointing endings (after 600 or more pages) for TOMMYKNOCKERS, IT, etc., however. There are 3 or 4 direct references to Lovecraft in this book, but the Lovecraftian influence even shows in "Babylon 5"; the author refers to Lovecraft's influence in the commentary to some of the episodes on DVD.

This is a fun read that you can go through in a couple evenings without pressing yourself. The style is good and not as tedious as King's super-lengthy ramblings, and the ending suffices, even if it doesn't entirely satisfy. It's not deep or philosophical as "Babylon 5" was in great part, but it's an enjoyable read.
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More About the Author

J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.

As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.

Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.

He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.

He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.

He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.

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