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Halfway Down The Stairs by Gary A. Braunbeck

Halfway Down The Stairs

by Gary A. Braunbeck

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"The stories span Braunbeck's thirty-year career from some of the very first tales of Cedar Hill to all-new stories, including the never-before-published author's preferred version of the controversial, "The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women." "--Cover, p. [4]



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A solid collection of mainly horror stories, but less gory and more intimate and focused in family relationships and children that what's usual in this genre. You'll find more psychological horror than cosmic horror here. The author also make some forays into other genres like science fiction, of which "We Now Pause for Station Identification", my favorite story in this book, is a good example. Not a book to read in one seating, but a perfect introduction to the short fiction of Braunbeck. ( )
  cuentosalgernon | May 8, 2018 |
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I tried and tried and tried to read this whole book through. I restarted three times and have picked it up several more, but I just couldn't do it. Some of the stories were enjoyable. Most, though, were . . . disturbing. I couldn't read more than 2 at a sitting and then would have to leave it alone for a week or two or three to get over the mood it would put me in. The stories are well-crafted and well-written. It just wasn't for me. ( )
  alanbethcam | Jan 27, 2017 |
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A large collection of generally dark stories by Braunbeck, but not the sort of book that easy to read through all at once. Unless you're a diehard fan (and can ignore or overlook the occasional typographical error) It's best to read a story or two at a time. Excellent collection for when you need a little "down" time. ( )
  editfish | Dec 28, 2016 |
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A series of dark and often depressing short stories. Halfway Down the Stairs is more of a mood read then a read through. ( )
  kurtabeard | Dec 27, 2016 |
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There's truly something for everyone in this behemoth collection, Halfway Down The Stairs, that covers Braunbeck's 30-plus year career. Genres range from horror to mystery to science fiction; there are short pieces and stories over 35 pages long. Where I think Braunbeck excels is the people who populate his stories and the ideas that permeate every layer. I'd only read Mr. Hands prior to this collection, but I'm now a die-hard fan and I cannot wait to read more of his novels. Next on the list: In Silent Graves.

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  flying_monkeys | Dec 13, 2016 |
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This comprehensive collection, spanning 30 years of horror maven Braunbeck’s career, is an excellent showcase of his considerable talents, with stories running the gamut from all-out horror to more introspective chills. “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” tells the story of a man who blames all of his problems on the apple tree on his property; eventually he decides to cut it down, with disastrous results. A plain woman who longs to be beautiful gets her wish in the nightmarish “The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women,” in which the notion of ideal beauty is turned upside down. “El Poso Del Mundo” is a tale of vengeance on the Mexican border that’s as brutal as it is tragic, and “Attack of the Giant Deformed Mutant Cannibalistic Gnashing Slobberers from Planet Cygnus X-2.73: A Love Story” is an achingly bittersweet story about a man who seeks solace in space opera. There’s something for everyone in these 40 tales, and all readers will appreciate Braunbeck’s beautiful, hypnotic prose even as he twists the knife deeper and deeper. He writes horror with heart, never skimping on the elements that make the genre great.
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