Stir of Echoes
Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message...more
It is completely black inside. the walls are dark velvet, the floors are covered with dark velvet rugs. It's black inside, absolutely black...
Except for one thing. In the whooooole pitch-black theater there's only one thing you can see. The letters on the screen. S-L-E-E-P. You're very comfortable. Veeeery comfortable. You are just sitting there and looking at the screen, looking, loooooking at that ...more
Thanks for the stories.
Before I say anything about this classic bit of horror, I want to put a plug in for the film adaptation. Stir of Echoes starring Kevin Bacon is a truly terrifying ghost story. I always felt it didn't get the attention it deserved because The Sixth Sense was released earlier the same year and stole all the thunder (for the record, I think Stir of Echoes is the better movie). If you haven't seen it I highly recommend that you do. You won't even ...more
The basic plot crux is very simple and the storyline doesn't deviate much from it: Tom Wallace agrees to undergo a hypnosis, as he believes he won't be affected by it. As it usually turns out in novels of the uncanny th ...more
I've seen the movie based on this book, before I knew it was a book, and before I'd ever read anything of Matheson's, and I enjoyed the movie. That's really the best wa ...more
See, Matheson and I have history. This is the first novel of his I've read, but still, we have history. Matheson was my very first favorite author. And he was without my even knowing it. I grew up on Twilight Zone, the repeats and the 80s movie and redo, and my Mom, goodness love her, was cool enough to say, "You would love this," when I was no more than six. We watc ...more
An enjoyable novel about a man hypnotized at a party who then begins to exhibit psychic powers--including the recurrent appearances of a woman who may or may not be a ghost. Matheson--author of "I am Legend," numerous classic creepy short stories and many of the best Twilight Zone episodes--has written better things, but this still kept my interest. I am a fan of the movie with Kevin Bacon, and was surprised by how much different the atmosphere and setting is in this, the original. The movie is ...more
Knowing more than the average man can be a deadly weapon a torment if you have precognition's of something bad and it turns out exactly as you envisioned. Well that the predicament for one man in this story.
As they say ignorance is bliss.
Matheson is a master when it comes to gripping you and ...more
Matheson can tell a story, that's for sure, and since this one is told mostly via dialogue and first person narrative, you're finished before you know it.
I don't really have a whole lot more to say about it because
a) I'm really busy, and
b) yeah, it's Matheson, so if you like him you'll like this.
So, a short review for a 200 pager. I liked it. Recommende ...more
To think about! I certainly would never let anyone hypnotize me at a casual party to liven things up!! The human mind is not to be messed with by amatures! This was a super fast read at 224 pages but those
pages did p ...more
Matheson doesn't just give us a peek into Tom Wallace's mind, he invites us in then slams and locks the door after us.
Trust me--inside Wallace's mind is not a very nice place ...more
Book noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981. Author discussed in chapter 9.
8/8/12 A very good page-turner by this notable author. Quite suspenseful and intense. Definitely a must for horror/supernatural fiction fans.
Stelle dir vor, es wäre möglich! Es wäre möglich, dass jemand als Medium Blicke in die Zukunft werfen kann, dass jemand Gedanken oder wenigstens Gedankenfetzen anderer Menschen auffangen ...more
That said, the story line was interesting. How does a relatively normal human being behave when he abruptly becomes a telepathic medium? What about those people that are close to him, say ...more
Makes you wonder what is happening in your own neighborhood. What secrets may come? Are we all so innocent?
I wondered why the wife had so much fear of this. I understand that no one wants their minds read, but to lose faith so quickly. For better AND worse; regardless of outstanding circumstances. Yes, she was pregnant; and no force is stronger than a mothers love in pr ...more