Dan Simmons is an acclaimed author of science fiction, horror, and fantasy books, and he often combines these genres in a single book. Perhaps the best example of this is his first novel, The Song of Kali. He became famous after publishing Hyperion, which won the Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Science Fiction. The Syfy Channel will adapt it for a miniseries.
Prayers to Broken Stonesby Dan Simmons
A woman returns from the dead with disastrous results for the family who loves her.... An old-fashioned barbershop is the site of a medieval ritual of bloody terror.... During a post-apocalyptic Christmas celebration, a messenger from the South brings tidings of great horror.... From a ghostly Civil War battlefield to a combat theme park in Vietnam, from the omnipotent brain of an autistic boy to a shocking story of psychic vampires, journey into a world of fear and mystery, a chilling twilight zone of the mind.
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This is a collection of Dan Simmons earlier works including his first published short story, The River Styx Runs Upstream. It also includes The Death of a Centaur, which is considered to be the very first story set in the Hyperion Cantos Universe. This collection also offers Remembering Siri, which was the story that acted as the catalyst for Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. Also included is Carrion Comfort, which was the original story and idea that led to Simmons' masterpiece novel of the same name. Prayers to Broken Stones is a fantastic anthology that showcases Simmons' humble beginnings and the origins of some of his best novels. Each story is well written and edited. I would certainly recommend this book to any Dan Simmons fan.
This is a collection of short stories, including a television screenplay based on one of those short stories. All of the stories are well-written, and show the talent of this writer. Editing is very good. All of the stories were apparently written in 1980's, so some of the material is a bit dated, but still entertaining.