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Torn Realities Paperback – April 6, 2012
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Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.
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Top Customer Reviews
And this is what stories of the horror genre, such as those of Torn Realities, give us - visitations from beyond sensory norms. These stories inject outside-of-reality bleed-throughs into historical settings, into fantasy imaginings, into scientific what-ifs. Setting such stories almost invariably brings a solitary person into a secluded place, or a place in which buried things shouldn't be disturbed, even into a sense of science beyond our human ability to handle. Mood is set through writerly devices that shine a light on the creepier aspects of such settings, virtually guaranteeing the reader will go to sleep with the lights on.
Not all such widely varied stories in an anthology will resonate with every reader. And, of course, I have favorites among the nineteen stories in this collection, which has been published by Eric Beebe's PostMortem Press and edited by Paul Anderson.
Horror icon Clive Barker's Rawhide Rex dresses the Anglo-Saxon classic Beowulf in different clothes and delves into his victims' lives, even into Rawhide's psyche.
James Dorr's The Calm adds weather lore to the French and Indian War era's backdrop within a lost village.
Jeff Suess' Hallowed Ground gives us the Civil War's horror amplified by eerie presences that shadow the bodies of the dead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While the obvious draw is Clive Barker, his contribution is "Rawhead Rex," a reprint of the original story, the rest of the authors featured are the real stars of this... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Donna Lynn Shannon
I have read Lovecraft and his successors since the '60s. This book, however, is of a stripe I've been encountering with increased frequency of late--claiming to honor Lovecraft... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by K. Kanitz
I'm biased, because I love weird fiction, and am becoming a Lovecraft junkie. This book is fantastic. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Richard Bachman