Through Shattered Glass

David B. Silva, Author Gauntlet Press $40 (0p) ISBN 978-1-887368-41-4
In this long-overdue story collection, which chills rather than terrifies, master of melancholy 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 Stoker Award-winning ""The Calling,"" poignantly examines the pain caregivers endure watching a loved one die. Other standouts in this cohesive collection include ""Slipping,"" a chronicle of an ad executive's mental disintegration as he begins to experience missing time in rapid acceleration; ""Dwindling,"" a tribute to unwanted children who disappear as parents will them away and a probing comment on sexual abuse; ""Empty Vessels,"" an enlightening twist on the traditional vampire story; ""Alone of His Kind,"" about the cost of trying to hold on to that which is irretrievably lost; ""Dry Whiskey,"" which presents a new take on ""drying out""; ""Metatonia"" and ""Metasis,"" two touching love stories about two disparate couples clinging to each in the face of despair. Dean Koontz provides a humorous tribute that is in startling contrast to the contents of this book, which moves beyond its genre classification. Eerily evocative cover art by Harry O. Morris is a plus. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/2001
Release date: 03/01/2001
Genre: Fiction
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