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Through Shattered Glass

Through Shattered Glass

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by David B. Silva

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It's the only window in the room and it's scarred with spider-webbed cracks.
Sometimes on warm summer afternoons, he sits alone here, staring out at the world through the shattered glass. What he sees doesn't always look right, but then there are strange things in the world.

Through Shattered Glass, David B. Silva's first short story collection, takes


It's the only window in the room and it's scarred with spider-webbed cracks.
Sometimes on warm summer afternoons, he sits alone here, staring out at the world through the shattered glass. What he sees doesn't always look right, but then there are strange things in the world.

Through Shattered Glass, David B. Silva's first short story collection, takes readers on an imaginative journey through the lives of seventeen ordinary people struggling with extraordinary events in their lives.

The Calling: an adult son cares for his mother, who is dying from cancer, over the final few months of her life. As the cancer grows stronger it permeates their relationship, every event inside the house, and eventually leads to a powerful, unexpected ending that seems almost inevitable.

Dry Whiskey: Something horrible happened last night. There's blood on the bumper of the old pickup, and Will's father thinks he might have hit something on the way home from the bar, but he isn't sure. When they hear that Joey Eagan was killed last night in a hit and run off Buzzard Roost Road, Will's old man vows to finally give up his heavy drinking. But drying out takes a toll of its own.

The Hollow: Michael Carpenter is a lonely twelve-year-old who lives in the quiet little town of Appleton where nothing worthwhile ever seems to happen. That is until today. Because today Michael made friends with something alive in the hollow of the old oak not far from home...

Empty Vessels: Thirty-five years have passed since a stranger by the name of Blaine left Marshall's mother an empty vessel, neither alive nor dead. And after years of searching for the stranger, Marshall thinks he might have found the man. Only he's not really human...

Dwindling: A boy watches helplessly while his world crumbles around him as one after another of his siblings disappears.

A Time For Every Purpose: What if a childhood friend unexpectedly shows up on your doorstep one day with a tale of terror that's still unfolding?
Alone of His Kind: After a tragic loss, a man meets someone who has dealt with a similar loss in a most unusual way.

A Night In Fog: A trouble man reaches out to his brother, trying to explain his past action and gradually drawing his brother into a realm where the line between reality and fantasy has blurred.

Slipping: A desperate advertising man, frustrated with the way commercials are flashed before viewers with ever increasing speed, becomes aware of the fragileness of time.

Plus eight additional stories and an Introduction by Dean Koontz!

Editorial Reviews

William P. Simmons
Silva establishes what his people have to loose before unleashing night terrors, and his characters often experience worse phenomena than physical "death." Many times, the people populating his grim, darkly enchanted world (neither wholly good nor evil, but honest depictions of humanity with plenty of grey areas) suffer emotional and spiritual tragedies far more disturbing than personal loss of life or limb.
Melissa Mia Hall
In this long-overdue story collection, which chills rather than terrifies, master of melancholoy Silva displays a talent not unlike that of Ray Bradbury's in his prime. Focusing on haunting rather than scaring the reader, Silva employs a thought-provoking if sometimes sentimental style that relies on leisurely pacing and strong character development rather than action and gore. His lead story, "The Calling," poignantly examples the pain caregivers endure watching a loved one die. Other...
Charles de Lint
To be honest, there wasn't a bad story in here. They range from very good to astonishingly so, and my only word of advice would be to read them one at a time, rather one after the other, all in a row, because they're powerful, moving pieces and you might well need time to recover your mental and emotional equilibrium before going on to the next. But they are glorious examples of how high we can aim and succeed with meaningful fiction in this genre of ours.
Michael Rowe
Through Shattered Glass is a superb collection of short stories. A truly skilled fantasist is able to extract the chilled essence of his personal darkness from the lives of ordinary people, something Silva accomplishes with stunning dexterity in this collection.

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David B. Silva is the author of five novels. His first short story was published in 1981. His short fiction has since appeared in The Year's Best Horror, The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and The Best American Mystery Stories. In 1991, he won a Bram Stoker Award for his story, "The Calling."

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Through Shattered Glass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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JudiRohrig More than 1 year ago
Though THROUGH SHATTERED GLASS was David B. Silva's first collection of short stories, it's anything *but* fractured. Each one of the seventeen stories is a rare jewel. The title reflects the people's lives we are sucked into. Silva, current editor of Hellnotes and former editor of the acclaimed and respected The Horror Show, carefully picks up each shard and lets it glisten in the shafts of light hesitant in the shadows. And oh, what they reveal! The collection begins with a gut-wrenching, gut-punching tale about a man caring for his cancer-suffering mother. In fact, the subject of cancer slashes through several pieces - "The Calling," "Metastasis", and "Alone of His Kind". Considering Silva's own mother died from cancer and his father from Leukemia, the savageness of disease is something he knows about and shares. Perhaps "experience" is a watchword in looking a Silva's work. He's written a number of novels and his short works have been featured in several "Best of" anthologies. His "The Calling" won a Bram Stoker in 1991. So it's a deft craftsmanship Silva displays as he weaves each and every tale, never missing a stitch. Here we meet ordinary people who've slipped off life's regular and ordinary path. Or been pushed. Monsters - the stuff of nightmares - appear, reaching their tentacles from holes in trees (The Hollow) or from other dimensions (Nothing As It Seems) or from places never defined (The Song of Sister Rain). Yet it's the simplicity and struggle of the characters in the stories that provide the driving force. That the people are so close to the guy who lives across the street or the woman who sits next to us in church is what causes the gooseflesh to wash across the arms. I was particularly happy to see "The Night in Fog" included. This longer story was originally offered as a chapbook by Subterranean Press. It's a rich tale about a man's wrestling with his brother's justification for his madness. It seems almost every author strives for a twist ending, and Silva has a few stories that indeed provide the unexpected. That only enhances the storytelling he does. This is a writer plying his craft with tremendous skill and flair. No flaws here. The added bonus is the delightful Introduction by another storytelling master, Dean Koontz. Koontz's introductions are usually smile generators. This one is no different. What is to be savored it the obvious respect and affection Koontz holds for his friend. A must read!