A Stir of Echoes

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Macmillan, Aug 15, 1999 - Fiction - 256 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, 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

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Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, 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 “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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