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On the surface, Shepard's book is a ghost story, but it's mingled with a bit of drama on the domestic front. Jackson and Sanie Bullard are living in a small town in Sout ...more
Hugo and Nebula Award winner Lucius Shepard reveals himself as the master of the ghost story in Softspoken, a short novel packed with plenty of atmosphere and big scares. (Shepard's best work to date has been his novellas, which explains the success of such a compressed novel.) Critics favorably compare Softspoken to The Haunting of Hill House, Ghost Story, and Bag of Bones, among other horror classics, and to the work of Tim Powers and James Blaylock, who have similarly crossed over. They also...more
Desperate main character, Sanie, hears voices calling to her in her new home, a rumbling old mansion filled with family history. This history is her husband's, not her own, and at the moment their marriage is faltering, so she feels left to sort out the phenomenon of the voices herself -- mean ...more
Softspoken, with its trapped characters and moment-of-a-life style, was not my cup of tea at all.
Happy Halloween, Mr. Shepard. I'll be visiting your claustrophobic, hopeless, depressing, haunted vortex for many nights to come.