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A Stir of Echoes (original 1958; edition 1959)

by Richard Matheson

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Title:A Stir of Echoes
Authors:Richard Matheson
Info:NY Fawcett Crest 1959. (1959), Edition: First Thus, Paperback
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A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (1958)

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It started with a party at a neighbour’s place and one friend who said he’d like to hypnotize someone. Tom said he’d be hypnotized, but later that night, he couldn’t sleep… and there was a “woman” in his house. That is, possibly a ghost? From there, Tom seemed to be able to sense what others were feeling… then he seemed to be able to “see” things happen before they happened… And on and on…

I really liked this. Not only was all this going on with Tom, but Tom has a wife and young son. His wife, in particular, was very upset about the whole thing, so in addition to Tom trying to figure out what was going on with himself, the book also explored how this was affecting their relationship. And there was a surprise ending. ( )
1 vote LibraryCin | Mar 22, 2017 |
Tom, a typical 1950s suburban guy, is hypnotized as a party trick by his brother-in-law and develops psychic powers. Not only can he now sense the disgusting thoughts swirling through all his neighbors' minds, he also must solve the mystery of the ghost who keeps appearing in his living room, while reassuring his wife that he is not going crazy. This is a quick read, sometimes shocking, but not at all scary, despite the ghost. It explores some typical Matheson themes--sudden transformation and resulting isolation from a masculine point of view. I enjoyed this, but I thought both [The Shrinking Man] and [I Am Legend] tackled similar themes in a more satisfying way. This one does a good job of exposing the underbelly hiding beneath squeaky-clean 1950s suburbia, though; that's where the real horror lies. A bit dated, as women do not come off well in this novel; all of the female characters seem shrewish, slutty, or baby-crazy. I was pretty uncomfortable with the "jokes" about punching pregnant women in the stomach. ( )
  sturlington | Mar 13, 2017 |
Odd book. Man gets hypnotized by brother and becomes telepathic.Most of the book is dealing with his family and they think he might be mad. He has dreams and visions. Toward end of book he is advised by a doctor that the hypnosis just heightened his latent telepathic traits.I like this author but disappointed with this book. ( )
  LauGal | Nov 5, 2016 |
This is a short, quick paced ghost story, that despite being written in 1958 does not feel dated. The movie version with Kevin Bacon does diverge quite a bit from the book, but that's to be expected in most cases.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. ( )
1 vote TJCams | Jul 7, 2015 |
Another excellent read from Matheson. I don't think anyone does creepy ghost stories like he does. Right up there with I Am Legend and Hell House - what a pity the films never live up to the quality of the books. Very much a recommended read. ( )
1 vote nwdavies | Aug 21, 2014 |
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Sometimes within the brain's old / ghostly house, / I hear, far off, at some forgotten / door, / A music and an eerie faint carouse / And stir of echoes down the / creaking floor. -- "Chambers of Imagery," Archibald MacLeish
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For Chuck and Helen with affection
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The day it all started - a hot, August Saturday - I'd gotten off work a little after twelve.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765308711, Paperback)

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!

This eerie ghost story, by award-winning author of Hell House and I Am Legend, inspired the acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.

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Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now, he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him -- and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store, as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!… (more)

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