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Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Peripheral Visions is a reference collection that includes all of Australian dark fantasy writer Robert Hood's 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. It is divided into six thematic sections, each section featuring an evocative, disturbing illustration by noted artist, Nick Stathopoulos, who also designed the cover. It includes an intro ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 836 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by IFWG Publishing Australia (first published April 6th 2015)
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Cameron Trost
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost-stories
Peripheral Visions, Volume One, consists of three themed sections; Haunted Places, Haunted Families, and Haunted Minds. In this tome, Robert Hood offers us an array of ghost stories written between 1988 and 2015. There is an impressive degree of variation on show here, from hauntingly atmospheric works of prose to spooky plot-driven ghost stories to science-fiction of the spiritual kind. Robert Hood's writing is stylish, darkly poetic, and often deeply emotional, and the nature of the ghosts in ...more
Shaun Meeks
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ghost stories are a hard thing to get right. So many rely on cliques and movie-type scares and in the end are either to predictable or not scary at all. Then there's Peripheral Visions by Robert Hood. Not only is there a good ghost story in here, the whole book (which is quite hefty, mind you) is packed with amazing and well thought out stories. There are haunting ones, creepy ones and others that'll make you want to sleep with the light on. This is a book you'll want to read again and again. ...more
Terry Talks Fiction
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Peripheral Visions, Robert Hood displays his reputation as a master of disquiet and uncertainty. As the collection’s title suggests, these 44 short stories focus on the things that are almost out of sight—things not quite dead, not quite gone, and not quite harmless.
Some standout stories of the collection include time-travelling ghosts, the daughters of Gods, murderous cartoon characters, Dreamtime demons of the Outback and a post-organic future that can’t shake the echoes of their human past
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Robert Hood has been a published writer for several decades, with a long list of short stories and a few novels to his name. Though focused on Australia, he publishes anywhere he can and currently has books and stories in the US and UK. His books include the short story collections Day-dreaming on Company Time, Immaterial Ghost Stories, Creeping in Reptile Flesh and the career-spanning ghost story ...more

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