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Figures in Rain: Weird and Ghostly Tales
CONTENTS: Preface; Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale; Offices; A Lover's Alibi; Lares & Penates; I'll Drown My Book; Prometheus's Ghost; Miss Tuck and the Gingerbread Boy; The Music of the Dark Time; Return of the Neon Fireball; The House of Fear; Blue Notes; O Come Little Children; Other Errors, Other Times; Ex-Library; Jabbie Welsh; The Cairnwell Horror; His Two Wives; ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2002 by Ash-Tree Press
(first published July 2002)
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Aug 18, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it liked it · review of another edition
Difficult to rate, but I stuck with three stars instead of four. All the stories are well written and most are interesting but I felt like most were horror-lite; sort of like Ray Bradbury's average but not great stuff. Many read like Twilight Zone or Night Gallery episodes so I guess I was not surprised to learn that Williamson helmed the Twilight Zone Magazine for a while.
A terrific assembly of Williamson’s shorts. The collection begins with his earlier works and proceeds chronologically, so it was interesting to witness Williamson’s progression as a writer. The focus is on character and story over flashy gore, which makes Williamson unique within the horror genre. Definitely a worthwhile read for fans of short horror fiction.
Chet Williamson has written horror, science fiction, and suspense since 1981. Among his novels are Second Chance, Hunters, Defenders of the Faith, Ash Wednesday, Reign, Dreamthorp, and the forthcoming Psycho Sanitarium, an authorized sequel to Robert Bloch's classic Psycho. Over a hundred of his short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, The Magazine of F&SF, and many ...moreMore about Chet Williamson...