A Stir of Echoes
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, greater jolts are in store when he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!
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This book in itself is a classic and it was originally published in 1958. Richard Matheson is one of those authors you will look more into his work after you read it -- the fact the movie is a lot different than the book in many ways but the scene that stayed faithful to the book is the party scene (the guy gets hypnotized and had a safety pin put in him.) The main character in the book works and lives on the west coast -- expecting his first child. The main character in the movie is a blue collar guy living in Chicago's south side. If you haven't read Richard Matheson's work -- you might have seen his work on film or on television. This guy is everywhere but you know that he's a damn good writer. Stephen King knows this and so does Brian Lumley. Matheson's delivery in this one is one of his most chilling, the fact he didn't write with a lot of gore to build the scares in this one but the stories Blood Son and others in Nightmare At 20,000 Feet are a stark contrast to this. I read this book inside of a week and you don't see it in a book store -- run to another one and look for it. It's well worth it. This is what 1950's horror read like. It's a darker horse and what you see with Richard Matheson -- bridged the gap between Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. Aside from H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson is the other most important horror writer to this genre -- many of us writing the genre now (the ones born in the 1970s and 1980s) owe a lot to this guy because of the movies he adapted to film.
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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