- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Deadite Press (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162105196X
- ISBN-13: 978-1621051961
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Answers of Silence
Author: Geoff Cooper
“There is a place where beauty is shunned and obscenity is worshipped. Where a game can determine salvation or damnation. A town where God is irrelevant and the only future is Hell. It’s where love dies and hate thrives. Welcome to Brackard’s Point, New York – a place where horror, surrealism, violence, and the fantastic collide. Enjoy your stay…”
Geoff Cooper, or Coop, as he and his friends refer to him as, falls into a very unique category of horror authors. Coop is revered as one of the best in the genre, despite not having a prolific career. Most of his novellas and stories are hard to find, many of which were published in limited fashion. The fact that Deadite has re-released this collection in a less limited form (compared to the original run of 300 copies from Thunderstorm Books), combined with the fact that he is one of the most talked about horror authors, this should be reason enough to grab this collection.
Plain and simple, Geoff Cooper scares the s*** out of me. His talent is unlike any out there. Writing far more than just horror or splatter, Coop delves into dark fantasy and other forms of literature. No matter what he writes, it is terrifying. The dark lining that surrounds each tale adds a deep level of horror no matter where the story takes you. Also, his reserved use of gore is of note. Like many of the greats to come before him, Coop uses gore and violence to highlight and accent the shock that he hits you with, rarely does it become the center piece.
Featuring a wonderful introduction from the late J. F. Gonzalez, Answers of Silence is jam packed with 15 tales that span the spectrum of horror genres, all taking place in the fictitious town of Brackard’s Point, New York. Some of the stories are humorous, others are downright depressing. My favorite of the collection, Incentive No. 43, combines both of these styles, a combination that you will find throughout Cooper’s work.
If you have not had the pleasure of reading Geoff Cooper’s work, now is the time. This brilliant collection is the fastest, easiest way to get into one of the most talked about writers in horror. Fans of Brian Keene and Jack Ketchum will not be disappointed.
The guy is his own harshest critic. If he were to review his own book, he’d probably (and very unjustly) tear himself a new one. I mean, yes, okay, there’s self-deprecation and modesty, but come on! I can only imagine what he thinks of the stories he hasn’t let be published, which are still probably better than a lot of writers could hope to achieve.
I am, however, very glad Cooper let himself be browbeat, arm-twisted, bribed, and/or otherwise persuaded into making this collection available … because it’s really, really neat. The stories, for all their apparent surface differences, have connections, threads, and themes woven throughout. Some reference each other directly; with others, it’s a character name here, a place name there.
And they are good. They are good. The first one, “A Question of Doves,” is downright creepy in its chilling brilliance (chilliance?). It does not go the way you might initially expect, and the shivers linger a long time after you reach the end.
Next up in the book is a drastic but no less brilliant change of pace, as an out-of-practice artist tries to regain his inspiration in the gory, grisly “Incentive No. 43.” I would read a whole novel, or series, about “The Sheriff of Pensie Avenue,” because it’s a peek into a world of such fascinating strangeness, I want to see more.
Various genres get their chance in the spotlight, whether it’s “The Missive” from a doomed colony, or god-magic and revenge in “Jolerarymi’s Rose.” Lengthwise, they range from short vicious jabs (“Latex: Like a Glove”) to the intricate complexities of the finishing novella (“One-Eyed Jack”),
Each story evokes its own set of disturbing emotions. Love, faith, loss, pain, hatred, loyalty, and fear are examined … deconstructed … dissected. They stir on a deep level, in many different ways. I agree with everyone else who’s said, yeah, we need more from Coop!