Publishers WeeklyOrdinary bits of Americana show a dark and eerie aspect in the seven stories in Hirshberg's second collection (after 2003's The Two Sams). "Flowers on Their Bridles, Hooves in the Air" is set in the arcades of a dying seaside boardwalk where characters see their unfocused lives mirrored in the decaying rides and unwinnable games of chance. "Safety Clowns" uses the mundane routines of a neighborhood ice cream truck as a springboard for an incongruous tale of supernatural vigilantism. The title story recalls the oblique horrors of Robert Aickman's weird tales in its account of two American travelers abroad who find themselves caught up in the indecipherable but increasingly menacing rituals of another culture. Hirshberg grounds his dark fantasies in minute details of the everyday that give them a discomfitingly believable foothold in reality. His skill at drawing horrors out of commonplace situations peopled with credibly drawn characters distinguishes these subtle tales of the uncanny as some of the most effective and chilling in contemporary weird fiction. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Just a few years after The Two Sams, his first short story collection, Glen Hirshberg is back with a new great collection of stories. Yes, these are ghost stories, but there is more here as Mr. Hirshberg also used some more mainstream suspense here, always with the same great quality of writing style. I do agree with Peter Straub when he says that Glen Hirshberg is one of the best writer of weird fiction of his generation. There is nothing more to say except here with this book you go from one good surprise to another all along the pages. A good trip full of memorable steps. Enjoy!