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  • By jeani_rector
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Fresh, innovative stories" I was given the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Chris Robertson’s book, Lisey’s Death Dreams. The first thing I noticed was the eerie, almost violent-looking cover art drawn by artist Shelton Bryant. It is instantly eye-catching and very well done. Then I realized that the same artist has created more wonderful black-and-white pictures inside, which are inserted throughout the book. Very nice. Now the stories: The Sickness is first on the roster, dealing with an unconventional cure for a disfiguring disease. While I loved the gothic atmosphere, and enjoyed the Victorian time period of the story, I felt the ending was rushed, and therefore a disappointment. Next is the Fear Puzzle, easily the best story in the book. This one is original, fresh, and exciting. My only complaint is that the preface allows you to know ahead of time that Calvin survives the ordeal. Other than that, the Fear Puzzle is outstanding; an edge-of-your-seat nail... More > biter, and I found it an exhilarating read. The Killer Unseen deals with a mentally retarded man who, while painting a house, witnesses something that supernaturally makes people turn up missing. This story is very effective because it shows the protagonist’s dilemma: Should he tell someone? Or would others consider it a slow person’s delusion? The Killer Unseen is a fresh and original approach to the monsters in the closet-, or should I say, in the drainpipe-type story. The Demon Seer is about what it says in the title, a man sees the worst in people. Told in a first-person tense, this one could have been a longer story, and could have explained things better. The Gatherer is similar to The Killer Unseen, as it portrays another protagonist’s dilemma as to whether he should report a supernatural entity stealing people from the world. The ending takes a different twist, however. Dr. Kraus’ Garden reminds me of early Stephen King, with a bit of Little Shop of Horrors. Early King wrote stories of plants in the basement stalking humans, or of children who are braver then the adults. This is an imaginative tale. The Farmhouse is another story that feels rushed, and I found myself wondering why a man would take his girlfriend to such a freaky place. Or more importantly, why she would agree to go. Cavern of Death is a very entertaining story about young boys, and the trouble they can get into. At what price is loyalty? This is a very good tale and the reader finds his or herself engrossed in the children’s situation. Into the Hands of Evil is another well done story about a man taking what should be a typical ride on a train. This one has a Twilight Zone feel about it, with a darkly delicious twist. I am not generally appreciative of gore, but His Majesty’s Spectators is an exception. This story, while short, is exciting. The descriptions are well done. The Delivery is about rats. This story is a good example as to how horror is not limited to ghosts and werewolves. I have used rats in my stories as well, because reference to these creatures delivers an effective creepy-crawly feeling and makes one shudder. Purgatory is a predictable story of when one eats a heart, one eats a soul. Not one of the better stories in the book. Finally, we have Unearthed. An intriguing story; this one asks at what price is happiness. A tale about being careful what you wish for. All in all, Lisey’s Death Dreams is an entertaining book, and one worth your money. I enjoyed it because it is descriptive and articulate. The types of stories it contains are the types told around the campfire after dark. Lisey’s Death Dreams is fun and deliciously dark.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781430303305
Publisher
Chris Robertson
Published
February 6, 2007
Language
English
Pages
117
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.5 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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