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First Printing! New and sealed in an acid-free protective book cover upon publication, and then sealed in plastic for complete protection. OVERVIEW: COME FYGURES, COME SHADOWES, a ... previously unpublished novel by Richard Matheson. Matheson intended on COME FYGURES, COME SHADOWES to be a 2000-page novel. His editor, after seeing the first section of the book, told Matheson that there was no way such a massive novel would sell. Matheson reluctantly discontinued his work on the novel. As he discusses in the Afterword of the book, which Matheson wrote expressly for this edition, not completing the book was a decision he will forever regret. A portion of COME FYGURES, COME SHADOWES appeared in a book of Matheson's novellas and short stories years ago but this is the first time all of what he wrote for this book has been published. Although Matheson only wrote 144-pages of COME FYGURES COME SHADOWES, it is in and of itself a novel, ending perfectly. 144 pp. (1AB) All items are packed very well for delivery. Read more Show Less

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Since it first appeared in fragmentary form in a short-fiction collection in 1970, this tale has earned legendary status among Matheson's fans as his great uncompleted novel about the dark side of modern spiritualism. Now a much larger fragment that weaves occult thrills into its haunting study of a reluctant spirit medium, it tantalizes with the unfulfilled promise of what might have been the author's magnum opus. Set in Brooklyn in the 1930s, it relates a sad interval in the life of 18-year-old Claire Nielsen, the oldest of three children being groomed by their determined mother, Morna, to follow in her footsteps as a spirit medium. As depicted by Matheson, spiritualism is indistinguishable from a religious calling, and Morna is a frighteningly fanatical exponent who threatens Claire with hellfire and damnation when she pleads to be relieved of her vocation. Coerced into sitting for seances that make her physically ill, Claire soon finds herself a conduit for ectoplasmic manifestations of the spirit world whose revolting intimacy and intrusive physicality amount to sexual violation. Matheson's rigorous research of spiritualist phenomena informs every aspect of the tale, imbuing its convincingly described supernatural moments with both awe and terror and shaping its characters as unique people who believe unquestioningly in the marvels of the afterlife. At the very least, this gripping tale synchs with his paranormal thriller Hell House and anecdotal nonfiction volume Mediums Rare. But it also hits a high-water mark as an exercise in the modern gothic. (Feb. 15) FYI: In an afterword, Matheson outlines the novel he planned to write, which would have run to 2,000 pages had he completed it. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781887368605
  • Publisher: Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    taut suspense thriller

    From early childhood, Brooklyn native Claire Nielson could see the spirits, auras, and the grayness departing a dead person or animal. This ¿gift¿ as her spiritualist mother Morna claims it is only frightens Claire who fears it. Over the next few years Claire learns to build mental barriers to protect her mind from all the shadowes that threaten to engulf her. Early in 1930s though Claire remains a teen, Morna decides it is time for to join in the family business of séances and readings. Claire prefers not to do so, but Morna, a true believer, feels deeply that God has given them a talent for a purpose. Only Claire¿s father and uncle try to help her cope with the demands of her mother, but they can do little unless she stands up for herself before her psychic abilities destroys her. Fans of taut suspense thrillers that make possible for the reader to see deep inside the critical characters will want to read COMES FYGURES, COMES SHADOWES. Claire and Morna are incredible protagonists as the mother places unbelievable pressure on her daughter to comply with her demands in spite of how much she fears her ¿gift¿. The support cast, mostly other family members enhance the absorbed feelings of Morna and the intense dread of Claire. Mr. Matheson has written a powerful historical relationship drama with one setback, he has no plan to write the stories of Claire¿s younger siblings unless perhaps the audience throws the gauntlet at him to sway him to write them. Harriet Klausner

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