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Black evening
Morrell, David.
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New York : Warner Books, [1999]

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xxii, 439 pages ; 18 cm
The dripping -- The partnership -- Black evening -- The hidden laughter -- The typewriter -- A trap for the unwary -- But at my back I always hear -- The storm -- For these and all my sins -- Black and white and red all over -- Mumbo jumbo -- The road to Damascus -- Dead image -- Orange is for anguish, blue is for insanity -- The beautiful uncut hair of graves -- The shrine.
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David Morrell, whose many bestsellers include Double Image, Extreme Denial, and The Brotherhood of the Rose, has consistently redefined the modern thriller. Now he turns to a darker side of suspense in a powerful collection of tales, many of them award winners, that delve into the weird, uncanny terrors that lurk just beneath the comforting surfaces of daily life.

Fear of loss, fear of pain, fear of madness, fear of being trapped, fear of the inescapable, unspeakable horrors that fester deep within the soul.... No matter who or where you are, fear is always with you, always ready to attack from behind the masks of thought and dream.

Let David Morrell tell you a story...

Author Notes

David Morrell, an award-winning Canadian writer of horror fiction, was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at the University of Waterloo and earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Morrell is best known as the creator of John Rambo, the hero of his first novel, First Blood. The novel was adapted for screen and starred Sylvester Stallone. Although Morrell was not happy with the depiction of the Rambo character in the movie, he did write several sequels to First Blood and two further scripts for the sequels to the original movie. He also wrote a number of other books including The Brotherhood of the Rose which became a best seller in 1984.

David Morrell has written one scholarly work, John Barth: An Introduction, published by Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and has taught at the University of Iowa. He now lives in the United States with his wife and daughter (another child, a son, is deceased).

(Bowker Author Biography) David Morrell, 1943 - Storyteller David Morrell was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario. He received a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He was then a professor of American literature at the University of Iowa.

Morrell's debut novel was "First Blood" and introduced the well-known John Rambo character. It was made into a successful movie that starred Sylvester Stalone. He followed with a series of thrillers filled with espionage, assassination and worldwide terrorism, which include "The Brotherhood of the Rose," "The Fraternity of the Stone," "The League of Night and Fog," and "The Covenant of the Flame." "Black Evening" is an examination of his own life and includes both his first published short stories and his latest award winning books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Though best known for his high-action thrillers, Morrell has traveled many side roads in his long writing career--horror novels, westerns, even a highly personal account of his teenage son's losing battle with cancer. Now, he offers up a generally intriguing but uneven collection of 15 short stories written over a 20-year period ending in 1992. Many of the entries here are vintage Morrell, featuring dark themes, dark humor, bursts of action, a setting that's slightly askew and a main character driven by fear. "The Typewriter" tells of a writer's panic when his magic typewriter no longer turns out bestsellers. "At My Back I Always Hear" is a haunting account of a college professor (which Morrell once was) stalked by a student. The best of the stories showcase Morrell's ability to capture pure, hard-driving suspense, often culminating in unspeakable tragedy or bizarre discovery. These include "Orange Is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity" and "The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves." The weaker links among the entries are those with a decidedly creepy bent representative of Morrell's horror period. Among them are "The Dripping," Morrell's first published work; "Black Evening"; and "For These and All My Sins." Even the less successful stories, however, have a gripping quality--some twist or mood that drives the plot forward and locks a reader's attention. Morrell (The Brotherhood of the Rose) prefaces all the stories with personal anecdotes and other autobiographical reflections that place them in a meaningful context. In a foreword and afterword, Morrell talks about his career thus far. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
The Drippingp. 1
The Partnershipp. 14
Black Eveningp. 29
The Hidden Laughterp. 38
The Typewriterp. 45
A Trap for the Unwaryp. 85
But at My Back I Always Hearp. 91
The Stormp. 114
For These and All My Sinsp. 138
Black and White and Red All Overp. 158
Mumbo Jumbop. 181
The Road to Damascusp. 221
Dead Imagep. 229
Orange Is for Anguish, Blue for Insanityp. 270
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Gravesp. 320
The Shrinep. 373
Afterwordp. 437