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Ghost music, and other tales
Tessier, Thomas.
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Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2000.
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296 pages ; 24 cm
Food -- Blanca -- The banshee -- Evelyn Grace -- In praise of folly -- A grub street tale -- Infidel -- La mourante -- I remember me -- The last crossing -- The dreams of Dr. Ladybank -- Lie down with us -- Wax -- Curing Hitler -- Ghost music -- Lulu -- Nightsuite -- Figures in scrimshaw -- In the desert of deserts -- Nocturne.
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Booklist Review

Hailed as one of Australia's finest sf writers, Dowling has recently shifted his attention to dark fantasy. As this collection's subtitle suggests, the 18 stories in it revolve around appropriate or common fears, those unsettling whispers at the edges of perception that suggest something is disturbingly amiss. All pleasantly chilling, the 18 show Dowling exploring an impressive variety of motifs and plotlines. Confrontations with ghost traps and guns that grow extra bullets mingle with visits to insane asylums and futuristic burial grounds. In Downloading, a wheelchair-bound private detective cases the street outside his window for clues as to why passersby are becoming schizophrenic in increasing numbers. The Bone Ship recounts the fate of a duplicitous collector plotting to steal a model ship made of human bone from its current caretaker. In Stitch, a woman maintains a decades-long obsession with a sinister, cross-stitched portrait. Dowling's tales are masterfully pitched to bring appropriate chills at any hour of the day, and they amount to one of the best recent collections of contemporary horror. --Carl Hays Copyright 2006 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The everyday and ordinary show an unexpected malignant side in this collection of 18 uniquely disturbing tales of the fantastic. Dowling grounds his tales in mundane situations, then pulls back slowly to reveal (as the narrator of "Scaring the Train" calls them) "those moments of incidental framing reality where every commonplace surprises you." In "Cheat Light," a roll of film left in a pawnshop camera reveals images of an otherworldly origin. "Clownette" tells of a peculiar blotch on a hotel wall that proves to be something much worse than the harmless mildew stain it's mistaken for. "Maze Man," whose protagonist is trapped in an invisible maze that only he cannot penetrate, is one of several stories in which architecture motifs suggest alternate realities encroaching on our own. This is Dowling's first U.S. collection after several in his native Australia, and the selection of stories new and old makes for one of the year's more satisfying dark fantasy reads. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved