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In 2016 Bram Stoker Award winner John Palisano's first collection, All That Withers, the stories range from Lovecraftian musings to terrifying explorations of the inhuman condition, with Palisano creating vivid images of desperate people engaged in ordeals which could happen to many of us … how they respond is the difference between their survival and oblivion.


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Published March 6th 2017 by Crossroad Press
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J.H. Moncrieff
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Palisano does not write happy stories.

He writes stories that make you cringe, squirm, and cry. Especially cry. There's lots of sayings about writers--that we open a vein and put it on the page, or that we leave our hearts on the page, etc., etc. Well, Palisano actually does. This collection of stories rings so true, and so raw, you can believe some of them hurt the author in order to be born. And in turn, they hurt us.

When I first began to read Palisano's short story collection, I was remin
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A.E.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection that is difficult to sum up because the stories are of an excellent calibre (some of which are award-winning and/or nominated) and the themes all range from so many different topics that reflect the author’s own experiences, making this a fascinating quilt of some of the most unique and eclectic horror fiction out there. If you have not read and discovered the wonderful work of John Palisano, start with his short fiction in this collection. It’s a wonderful place to begin an ...more
Nikki
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John truly has a beautiful mind and that is no more evident than in the pages of this book, a collection of his short stories. When you read things and feel understood, it's truly a beautiful thing. In "The Geminis" (one of my favorites) I love the depiction of love on a spiritual, higher level. Love that doesn't involve anything physical, as so much in our world these days, does. "Happy Joe's Rest Stop" was strong on the father/son bond, which I loved and reminded me somewhat of Stephen King's ...more
Mark Hengst
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me some time to review this one, as I found I wanted to go back and re-read a few stories to fully capture what I wanted to discuss here. So, without further ado, let's discuss the stories contained within this anthology:

Happy Joe's Rest Stop is a creepy, desolate, look at what happens in the places where our reality can fray, almost reminding me of Stephen King's "thinnies". Feeling like a Cthulu-Mythos styled story, this is violent and fast-paced and manages to capture some family dyna
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One evening when I was only a small boy, my father allowed me to stay up late with him and watch NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on television. He fell asleep, but I waited for the end. I couldn’t believe they’d let the lead guy die after all that. I was horrified. Later that summer we went to the drive-in, which was a big deal in Norwalk, Connecticut in the 1970s. Everyone went. We all piled into the Bo ...more
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