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The Last Trumpet

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The night the stars fell, we could hear the sounds: that low thump-thump from somewhere in the sky, like the beating of some gigantic heart . . .
In Sylvan County, Virginia, strange sounds often accompany the coming of darkness. They drift among the remote and shadowed hills, mountains, and valleys as if with a purpose . . . cognizant . . . alive. Like an ominous fugue, thi
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published August 20th 2000 by Wildside Press (first published August 1st 2000)
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MB Taylor
Apr 21, 2011 MB Taylor rated it really liked it
I finished reading The Last Trumpet last week. It’s a collection of 13 Lovecraft inspired horror stories. I enjoy good Lovecraftian horror, but the good stuff is hard to find, and the bad stuff can be pretty awful. Sturgeon’s Law says 90% of everything is crap, but The Last Trumpet is most definitely in the other 10%.

The stories are mostly loosely connected by locale (Sylvan County, West Virginia) and share a common background and history, some of which we know about or learn about and some of w
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Nicholas
Apr 29, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Reading any random sampling of his work, you can tell Stephen Mark Rainey has been writing creatively for many moons past and hence has always enjoyed doing so, and it’s to our benefits as fans of horror fiction that he’s penned an impressive body of work over that stretch of time devoted to dark writings. His execution is scholarly, expertly edited and professionally exhibited, and his prose flows with a kicked- back down-home kind of voice which makes you forget how proper and polished it is, ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
by Stephen Mark Rainey, published in 2000.

The Last Trumpet is a Lovecraftian derivative collection of short stories wonderfully brought to life by author Stephen Mark Rainey. In the quiet wooded lands of Sylvan County, Virginia something has been stirred, through obscene music, from beyond the confines of our known universe, and that something is bringing death and destruction in its wake.

Sound fun? Well, this collection sure is a great addition to any number of Lovecraftian homage materials fro
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Although this book is only about 200 pages, its contents pack a major wallop. I started this book yesterday afternoon, picked it up again after dinner, and did not stop until I was finished. At a couple of different points I had to put the book down because I had a major case of the willies -- to me, the mark of a good horror story! If a book can give me the creeps and a case of stomach knots from tension, then it's a good one. And that's exactly what I thought of the Last Trumpet. It is a very ...more
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Jun 18, 2016 Emily Baer rated it it was amazing

I read this book surrounded by animals, because how else should I have read it?  I love Daine ao much. I l8ve her compassion, and I love that she learns to be open-minded towards all creatures. Numair is so loyal to his friends, and Alanna is bad ass as ever. This book also deals with conplicated issues, such as her unwilling changes to the animals that she engages with. 

I love animals, Daine loves animals, therefore, I love this book!

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Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE LEBO COVEN, BALAK, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; five short story collections; and over 100 published works of short fiction, which may be found in magazines and anthologies such as CEMETERY DANCE, THE BEST OF CEMETERY DANCE, DARK WISDOM, DARK DISCOVERIES, INHUMA ...more
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