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"Thundershowers at Dusk" collects Christopher Conlon's finest gothic stories--elegant, unconventional tales of hauntings both psychological and literal. Includes a special Introduction by Stoker Award-winning writer Gary A. Braunbeck. This edition is limited to 250 copies, each of which is individually signed by Conlon and Braunbeck.


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"Thundershowers at Dusk" collects Christopher Conlon's finest gothic stories--elegant, unconventional tales of hauntings both psychological and literal. Includes a special Introduction by Stoker Award-winning writer Gary A. Braunbeck. This edition is limited to 250 copies, each of which is individually signed by Conlon and Braunbeck.

27 review for Thundershowers At Dusk: Gothic Stories (Signed Limited Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    When someone new to me makes an impression as big as Christopher Conlon does in this book, I feel I owe it to my fellow readers as well as the author to spread the word. My experiences verify Ted Sturgeon's famous "90% is crap" comment, and truthfully, of the 10% that's not "crap", only a tiny percentage is really worth shouting about from the rooftops. The five stories in THUNDERSHOWERS AT DUSK are in that last category. I love the music of Gustav Mahler, and was delighted with "The Unfinished When someone new to me makes an impression as big as Christopher Conlon does in this book, I feel I owe it to my fellow readers as well as the author to spread the word. My experiences verify Ted Sturgeon's famous "90% is crap" comment, and truthfully, of the 10% that's not "crap", only a tiny percentage is really worth shouting about from the rooftops. The five stories in THUNDERSHOWERS AT DUSK are in that last category. I love the music of Gustav Mahler, and was delighted with "The Unfinished Music", as it took me inside the life of a musicologist studying his final, unfinished symphony (number 10). Now there's a subgenre of fiction that I'd love to find more of - classical music/horror. Music wasn't the only thing that made me love this story. Conlon walks an exquisite, finely etched line between revealing Dolly as victim of madness and Dolly as having a rapturous encounter with a supernatural creature unique in my reading experience. I'm sure some readers will come down on one side or the other, but I love to float in the middle ground, feeling it could be one or the other, and appreciating his deft touch that allows me to stay there, having the best of both interpretations. David B. Silva does a similar turn in a story worlds apart from this in subject and tone, "The Night in Fog", though the decision there whether the case is madness or reality has considerably graver consequences. You'll find copies of Silva's chapbook at shocklines.com if you're interested. "Bathing the Bones" was a powerful little tale, one I naturally group with "The Unfinished Music" for an element I won't reveal here. I've had my share of children (four, now mostly grown). Both of these stories pull on deep heartstrings within me, and the combination of those deep feelings with such cool weird concepts and smoothly lyrical, literate writing make these stories that I'll return to again and again. "Ghost in Autumn" is another winner, another reason I had to tell people to BUY THIS BOOK! As with many fans of horror literature, I value those stories that take me down in the deepest pits of agony and despair - there are times when such journeys are, beyond all reason, extremely satisfying to take. I've read a lot of ghost stories, but this one is as fresh and unique in concept and skilled in execution as any I've ever encountered. Oh, and the depths in which our narrator founders at the end... as John Melloncamp says in a very different context, "it hurts so good." Bravo, Maestro Conlon! "Darkness, and She was Alone" - Such a sad, short tale of abuse, but oh, the ecstasy of chapters 29 and 30! I'm reminded of Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Match Girl", which I could never read to my little ones without a lump in my throat and my voice breaking at the part where she sees her grandmother at the end (yes, I'm an old softy), but HCA, for all his abilities, didn't have Conlon's chops for such gorgeous poetic imagery. Gary Braunbeck is right for choosing an excerpt from chapter 30 in his introduction, this is incredible stuff. By the way, it's an interesting choice he made, dividing this very short story into 35 chapters, each chapter being just a paragraph long. Makes it easy to break it down and discuss it with friends! Finally, the first story in the book, and the one I read last: the title story "Thundershowers at Dusk". I was delighted to find again references to beloved pieces of classical music, so rare in my experience with horror fiction. Conlon does such a fine job, making the reader understand the mind of the seriously disturbed George Bone. This was a case where my empathy took me too far for comfort (though "comfort" was clearly not his intent). I was irresistibly UNcomfortable with how I could share Bone's feelings about the young girl, and how I could sense the power of his exhilaration at the idea of possessing her, making love to her, and ultimately taking everything from her - body, soul and spirit. I'm sure that this must have been a difficult story to write - the writer as well as the reader must surely feel contaminated by such intimate communion with depravity, whether it be pure evil or madness. Note: His earlier collection, SAYING SECRETS: AMERICAN STORIES is also excellent. Christopher Conlon has catapulted into my sphere, along with Joe Hill and Glen Hirshberg, as among the finest "new discoveries" for me in the last few years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick Cato

    Conlon--author of this year's amazing debut novel MIDNIGHT ON MOURN STREET--had released this short (but impressive) collection in '06. While I occassionaly enjoy the quieter-side of horror, these 5 tales are a true cut above the rest. In the title story, a man named George Bone becomes obsessed with a teenaged school girl to the point he follows her home and plans her murder; how it ends is both haunting and oddly heartbreaking. GHOSTS OF AUTUMN is my favorite of the lot, a brief yet emotionally Conlon--author of this year's amazing debut novel MIDNIGHT ON MOURN STREET--had released this short (but impressive) collection in '06. While I occassionaly enjoy the quieter-side of horror, these 5 tales are a true cut above the rest. In the title story, a man named George Bone becomes obsessed with a teenaged school girl to the point he follows her home and plans her murder; how it ends is both haunting and oddly heartbreaking. GHOSTS OF AUTUMN is my favorite of the lot, a brief yet emotionally-charged tale that may hit some readers a bit too close to home. Conlon bases his third entry, DARKNESS, AND SHE WAS ALONE, on an unfinished Edgar Allan Poe tale. It's basically flash fiction of the highest order. The last 2 stories deal with deceased children; despite its dark tone, BATHING THE BONES ends on a semi-humorous note, while the closing novella, THE UNFINISHED MUSIC, hasn't left my mind since I read the last word. The protagonist really shines here as we feel her pain as she deals with her troubling past. While Conlon has been around as an editor and poet, his short fiction (as well as his debut novel) have quickly put him at the top of my must-read list. Gary A. Braunbeck's introduction provides a nice primer for an author I'd like to see much more from.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Stinchcum

    Chris is a remarkable writer. His short stories are dark and haunting. They stay with you long after you've read them. I love his style of writing. It's unique but easy to read. His stories are suspenseful; his characters real--painfully so. You can't help but identify with them. My favorite short story in this group is "The Unfinished Music." I'm proud to own a signed copy of "Thundershowers at Dusk."

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