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    Philip Fracassi(Author)

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Introduction by Laird Barron

 

BEHOLD THE VOID is nine stories of terror that huddle in the dark space between cosmic horror and the modern weird, between old-school hard-edged horror of the 1980’s and the stylistic prose of today’s literary giants.

 

Revenge takes a monstrous form when a scorned lover acquires bizarre, telekinetic powers; a community swimming pool on a bright summer day becomes the setting for a ghastly nightmare of sacrifice and loss; a thief does bloody battle with a Yakuza for the soul of a horse god; a priest must solve the mystery of a century-old serial killer or risk the apocalypse; a newly-married couple discover that relationships-gone-bad can be poisonous, and deadly; a child is forced to make an ultimate choice between letting his parents die or living with the monsters they may become; and when a boy is trapped on a beach at low tide, he must face death in many forms – that of the rising water coming to consume him and the ghost of his dead mother who wants him back, reaching for him with dark, longing arms…

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  • PDF | 294 pages
  • Philip Fracassi(Author)
  • JournalStone (10 Mar. 2017)
  • English
  • 2
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By P. J. Breach on 30 April 2017

    My first encounter with Philip Fracassi's work was the novelette, 'Altar' which came out as a chapbook last year (and is in this collection). When I think back to the story, the images are still so vivid it's like I watched a movie, and a terrifying one at that. His stories weep menace like caustic pus and make you afraid to turn the page, and leave an indelible graze on your imagination (surely a mark of the greatest Horror stories). Very bad things happen in his tales, so gird your loins and be prepared because they hit like a rabbit-punch. And they're also weird and beautiful and awful and immense, and brought me to tears on on occasion.Unremittingly superb.

  • By Spencer on 2 June 2017

    A stunning collection of stories, some of which I’ve read before but most are new to this collection and are utterly fantastic. There are no filler stories here; all are well written, imaginative tales that use both personal and other worldly horror to enrapture the reader and send an icy finger creeping down your spine. Each story feels unique and each of the characters compelling, deep and complicated. Philip has fast become one of my favourite writers and this collection has instantly become one of my favourite books, I would highly recommend it!

  • By Thomas Joyce on 15 March 2017

    With the release of two novelettes (Altar and Mother) and one novella (Fragile Dreams) in 2016, Philip Fracassi has quickly become synonymous with disturbing and disquieting horror. Building on his screenwriting experience, he has mastered the art of producing creepy and suspenseful horror stories and he shows no sign of slowing down if his publishing schedule for 2017 is anything to go by. With two new novellas and numerous short stories already announced, there are plenty of Fracassi tales to look forward to. But he begins the year with a short story collection, inviting us to Behold the Void.Oftentimes, when an author releases a collection, it will be made up of the previously released stories (in this case ‘Altar’, ‘Mother’ and, as readers of Strange Aeons will tell you, ‘Coffin’), some other good original stories, and then “filler” material. But there is no filler here. Every story is as unique in its subject matter as it is identical in its quality and excellence. Philip Fracassi is quickly building a reputation as a superior storyteller of incredible talent. And we are excited to see what fate has in store for an author we must surely now hail as a leading light in the dark field of horror fiction.To read the full review, head over to This Is Horror

  • By Simon Avery on 15 May 2017

    A stunning collection of strange tales from Philip Fracassi. Vivid, strange, vicious, unrelenting... Fracassi's background as a screenwriter really comes across in the pictures he paints with his tight, muscular prose. I'm left with a head full of weird and beautiful imagery, families often fragmented, haunted by loss or cruelty or suffering, and the pitiless sound of the Void, waiting, fangs bared at the fringe of each of these stories. The final story, Mandala is pure early Stephen King-quality characterisation and suffused with breathless tension. It's worth the price of entry alone, but I loved all the stories here. A cracking collection of fiction. Highly recommended.


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