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Beneath the Surface of Things

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A homeless man trapped in a hell of his own making finds a reason to hope in "Redemption Song." A camping trip turns into a race for survival after the discovery of a bizarre artifact in "The Taking of Michael McConnolly." A man begins to question his sanity as patrons at a cafe begin to vanish one by one in "Charlie's Lunch." Over two dozen exceptional tales of terror by ...more
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Published (first published August 30th 2010)
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Nick Cato
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wallis' SURFACE is a 25-story collection that boasts some fantastic writing and a few of the more memorable shorts I've read in a while (and only 9 are reprints).

Opening tale, 'Redemption Song,' about a man who comes across a female corpse in a park, packs a ton of deep thought into a short amount of space and gets things off to a disturbing start. 'The Taking of Michael McConnolly' reminded me a bit of something Stephen King would do, but Wallis gives this one--about a men's camping trip--his
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Coral
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
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In a word, Beneath the Surface of Things is amazing.

This collection of twenty five horror stories is the best I've read in a long time in this genre. Kevin Wallis makes the ugly and the terrifying come alive with his writing. His stories have a complexity that I really enjoyed and went way beyond the simply scary.

Of all the stories, "Mary Burns" was my favorite, and is a perfect example of what Kevin Wallis does right. There's a depth of character, layered in quick strokes but with
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Steve Lowe
As a long time fan of Kevin Wallis's short stories, I can say from first hand experience that his work will stick with you for days, months, even years after you read them. This is an eclectic, entertaining, and satistfying collection of stories, packed with unsettling scenarios, emotional resonance, and characters everyone can relate to and can't help but root for. One of the best collections I've read this year.
Lee Thompson
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Wallis definitely proves he's a force to be reckoned with in his collection Beneath the Surface of Things. Quick and concise, each story moves forward at breakneck speed, no wasted words, powerful imagery, and characters we love or hate.
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