A Stir of Echoes

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 224 pages

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!

This eerie ghost story, by award-winning author of Hell House and I Am Legend, inspired the acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.



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I got the mass market paperback of this with the movie poster cover. Both the movie and the book are really damn good, but the book proved to be a hell of a lot scarier. Stephen King isn't lying when he says Richard Matheson is damn good. He's the author who bridged the gap for Stephen King, his offspring, and the rest of us who are small press level.
This will be a fast read either way you look at it. Compared to Stephen King's latter works he takes a while but I am currently reading I AM LEGEND but also read some of the short stories.
I want to be the person who says to Mr. Matheson, welcome to Illinois. I wonder if Matheson managed to find ideas from the earthquake down south. Matheson is an American Original and gives us an even darker vision of horror than I AM LEGEND in this book. (That's a compliment because I AM LEGEND is that damn good. J.R. Armstead sites Matheso when he wrote his Moon Chosen novels.)
If you want one of my more stronger influecnes as an author, you will see Richard Matheson's influence in the latter stories such as LAKE FOSSIL or Spectral Exile.
Hell the adaption of the book to movie was almost dead on but the differnce was the setting and even the movie is a homage to Richard Matheson's contributions to the silver screen. If you haven't read his work, good chance you've seen some of his movies.
Twilight Zone: The Movie is vintage Richard Matheson. A Stir Of Echoes in the movie wasn't really a flop because it got a cult following on DVD. Matheson is the highest paid author in the business, and could retire if he wanted but it is bad ass that he's still active taking us up and coming authors to school. You young guns who want to be writers influenced by Harry Potter, you can learn a few things from reading Matheson.
Like Lovecraft, Matheson is one of the masters of Gothic Terror. One thing about Matheson's books -- if you want the full effect of his work, listen to a lot of hard rock as a back drop. It is amazing he's been active as a writer for over 56 years. This novel is going to be a relic for the centuries. It belongs in a museum of horror books from the old school era of Weird Tales of Lovecraft, to the Penny Dreadful era of horror (Edgar Allan Poe) to the information age horror of Joe Hill, Joseph Armstead, my collaborator on House of Spiders 3 Barb Shenouda, Terry Lloyd Vinson, and Jeani Rector.
If you have a lot of Stephen King books or Dean Koontz's novels, eventually you'll find this guy in your collection. This novel is a must have but I want to get this particular size of it so I can loan out my mass market version.
 

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I'd give this 2.5 stars if I could. In a way, I'm glad I made myself finish this book, if only to say I saw it through to the end. It wasn't a fantastic book -- the basic premise had a few underlying ... Read full review

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TWO
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THREE
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FOUR
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FIVE
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SIX
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SEVEN
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EIGHT
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TWELVE
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THIRTEEN
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FOURTEEN
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FIFTEEN
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SIXTEEN
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SEVENTEEN
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EIGHTEEN
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NINETEEN
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TEN
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ELEVEN
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TWENTY
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TWENTYONE
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Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Now You See It..., and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including several Twilight Zone episodes.

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