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Title: SPACES BETWEEN THE LINES
Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:
Publication Date: 2007
Edition: 1st edition
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A very special jukebox in the abandoned saloon of a dusty deserted town plays much more than mere tunes for two weary wanderers . . . A travelling carnival in a post-apocalyptic world comes across the Earth's very last vampire . . . A chair fashioned out of the wood from the original cross provides a comfort of sorts down the ages . . . A lonely girl dreams of freedom, whatever the cost . . . A one-time orphan embarks on a bizarre bus-journey with his newfound parents . . . Two old men tamper with the dark arts and open a gateway that threatens the destruction of the world . . . A grieving widower goes to great lengths to bring his wife back from the dead only to find that she's brought someone else with her . . . And a man uses a roll of magical tape to halt time and save his wife's life, unaware that there are things in this stopped-clock dimension that take a dim view of visitors . . . Twelve more stories from the fertile mind of Peter Crowther, award-winning author of The Longest Single Note, Songs of Leaving, Lonesome Roads and the Forever Twilight SF/horror sequence.From Publishers Weekly:
British author Crowther (The Longest Single Note) shows impressive versatility in this collection of 12 weird tales that evoke a variety of moods ranging from wonder to horror. "Sitting Pretty" (with Simon Conway) is an uplifting fantasy in which a chair fashioned from the cross of Christ shapes personal and historical destinies over the centuries. In "Three Plays a Quarter," an exercise in Twilight Zone–style chiaroscuro, a magic jukebox in a smalltown tavern replays dramatic moments from the lives of its patrons. In the book's best stories, horrors arise from the efforts of grief-stricken spouses to arrest the natural order and reverse the death of a loved one, notably "Stand By," in which a man labors to reclaim his wife from the waiting room of the afterlife and brings something unexpectedly nasty back with her. Though sometimes weakened by overexplanation of their supernatural elements, these stories are grounded in believably wrought emotions that make their strangeness both credible and affecting. (Mar.)
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