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And Then We Vanish: Collected Stories

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Eleven twisting tales curated from nearly a decade of work, And Then We Vanish features five new stories and six previously published stories from acclaimed independent author D. H. Schleicher.

In these stories we encounter characters who are victims of their own poor decisions and of chance, like a young boy under the threat of a local kidnapping scare who starts to realiz
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 29th 2020 by Independently Published
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David Arrowsmith
A near-perfect collection

This collection of short stories is nothing short of fantastic. I felt like each story was better than the last, until I lost track and stopped trying to compare and contrast, to quantify, and just gave in to the hypnotic melancholy of these beautifully crafted tales. As a father I found the stories most related to parenthood to be particularly powerful, and as a fan of thrillers, noir and action I also loved those that had that extra frisson of danger, but each and ever
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Common Theme Related in Different Ways

The writing in each of these stories is crisp and vivid. Readers can easily imagine both characters and places. While some stories are more effective than others readers will not be disappointed.
River Phillips
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
D. H. Schleicher’s short story collection, 'And Then We Vanish', is an intriguing and rich tapestry of fiction. It begins with a story of a young boy who is just beginning to understand himself, his sexuality, his family and the male influences in his life while trying not to get snatched up by the Cowboy, a notorious local kidnapper, in “The Pumpkin Thief.”

There is a waning romance intermingled with murder and mystery in “The Ballerina In Battery Park,” a story which also paints a convincing im
Margaret Adelle
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've reviewed another book by the author before and loved it, so when he offered me a copy of this short story collection for review, I was happy to oblige!

While most of the stories were originally published elsewhere, they all generally carry a theme of a person disappearing for a certain length of time. A lot of the endings are left ambiguous and it's not sure if the person died or simply got lost. In other cases, the disappearance is only temporary or the result of something not life-threate
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
In his first collection of short stories, D.H. Schleicher’s And Then We Vanish gives us an intriguing assortment of 11 tales accumulated over a ten year period. Each story ends with a twist, many of which you will not see coming. In each tale, people's lives change, not always for the better. “When Night Falls on Niagara,” one of my favorites is both a whimsical and mysterious tale and will make you wonder what’s real and not real about one of America’s most famous landmarks. Another gem, “Upon ...more
Gina R Mitchell
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reviews
And Then We Vanish is a collection of stories from the past decade of the author, D. H. Schleicher. There are eleven stories in all including, five new stories and six previously published.

The stories have a central theme of disappearances. Circumstances of the disappearance may vary, but all have a unique twist that makes you relish each tale.

A few of my favorites were Boko Harem's Greatest Hits, When Night Falls on Niagra, and Down Gallow's Way.

I love a shocking ending that gives you a jolt wh
Christopher Tait
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of short stories from this talented author. All the stories have their own pleasures to offer, with characters that feel finely crafted while remaining realistic in their actions and reactions to their situations. The stories all have their own individual pleasures to offer, with some even providing final twists that make them resonate more. Personal favorites include "Boko Haram's Greatest Hits" and "Somebody You Used To Know." Definitely check this collection out! ...more
Judy Ferrell
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And then we're gone.

This collection of short stories is about people who vanish from their world. It's an easy read. The stories all seem to start with the premise, what if I vanished from my life. What would happen and who would notice.
Teresa Grabs
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of short stories.
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D. H. Schleicher's latest release is the short story collection And Then We Vanish, and he is the author of the independent novels Then Came Darkness and The Thief Maker.

Additionally, his writing has appeared in A Million and One Magazine, Underground Voices, Scratch, Eunoia Review, LitNoir, and Wonders in the Dark. You can follow his blog TheSchleicherSpin.c

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