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Rough Beasts and Other Mutations
     

Rough Beasts and Other Mutations

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by Thomas F. Monteleone
 

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Bram Stoker Award-winning author Thomas F. Monteleone has brought 20 of his most powerful and dark fantasy and horror stories into one spellbinding collection. Enter strange worlds that are at the same time not too far off from our own, where religion, mythology, emotion, and terror combine for a mix that will keep readers up until all hours of the night. Includes an

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Bram Stoker Award-winning author Thomas F. Monteleone has brought 20 of his most powerful and dark fantasy and horror stories into one spellbinding collection. Enter strange worlds that are at the same time not too far off from our own, where religion, mythology, emotion, and terror combine for a mix that will keep readers up until all hours of the night. Includes an very funny introduction by John DeChancie, and the stories "Mister Magister," "The Dancer in the Darkness," "The Prisoner's Tale" and many more. The stories are arranged in chronological order with introductory notes by the writer which provide insight into how each story came to be written.

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Harriet Klausner
This nineteen story collection contains strong tales that will excite readers of the horror and speculative fiction genres. The tales are all fun and fans of Thomas F. Monteleone as well any one who appreciates dark short thrillers will enjoy the collection.

Perhaps as fascinating to fans of the writer is observing the evolution of the author from fantasy/science fiction into horror writer, with the why explained in the introduction to this tome. The nine stories from the mid to late 19
Rocco Malacca
This book contains some powerful work by Monteleone, who is a writer in the ranks of Bradbury and King. Most of the stories here are from the seventies and early eighties, when the genre magazines were plentiful. The last few stories come from the nineties, and drift away from the science fiction themes Monteleone started out using. The later stories are just as powerful, though, as Monteleone does not rely on a genre to flesh out believable characters and dive into the complexities of the mind.
ALA Anonymous
Stories selected from throughout Monteleone's 30-year career demonstrate his impressive versatility. Although "Dancer in the Darkness" deals with flamenco in a manner that is not at all humorous, "Just in the Niche of Time" is at least semihumorous. Monteleone's homage to Rod Serling, "Mister Magister," appears in its original, short-story form and adapted as a one-act play. "The Curandeiro" is based on the phenomenon of a Brazilian healer of the 1980s; "Taking the Night Train" is a screed again

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013233805
Publisher:
Borderlands Press
Publication date:
10/22/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
979 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Monteleone has published more than 100 short stories and 25 novels including the bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Blood of the Lamb. He’s also written scripts for stage and screen. His fourth collection of short fiction, Fearful Symmetries, won the Bram Stoker Award. His omnibus collection of Cemetery Dance columns about writing, genre publishing, television, film and popular culture entitled The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association from Borderlands Press also won the Stoker for non-fiction. He is also co-editor of the award-winning anthology series of imaginative fiction, Borderlands. He is also the author of the bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel(now in a 2nd edition). With his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Olivia, he lives in Maryland and likes it a lot.

If you like or despise his work, e-mail him at

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Rough Beasts and Other Mutations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This nineteen story collection contains strong tales that will excite readers of the horror and speculative fiction genres. The tales are all fun and fans of Thomas F. Monteleone as well any one who appreciates dark short thrillers will enjoy the collection.

Perhaps as fascinating to fans of the writer is observing the evolution of the author from fantasy/science fiction into horror writer, with the why explained in the introduction to this tome. The nine stories from the mid to late 1970s and the two from the 1980s timeframe fit more within the dark science fiction or fantasy genres. The eight contributions from the 1990s correspond more to the horror genre, still dark of course. Regardless of genre match, ROUGHLY BEASTS AND OTHER MUTATIONS is a solid subway ride on the dark side.

Harriet Klausner