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The Last Trumpet [Paperback]

Stephen Mark Rainey
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Aug. 20 2000
The night the stars fell, we could hear the sounds: that low thump-thump from somewhere in the sky, like the beating of some gigantic heart . . . In Sylvan County, Virginia, strange sounds often accompany the coming of darkness. They drift among the remote and shadowed hills, mountains, and valleys as if with a purpose . . . cognizant . . . alive. Like an ominous fugue, this music emanates from portals unknown, weaving a soundtrack for the night itself...a dirge for those who dare to venture into the mysterious and forbidding spheres beyond sound.

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"The stories in THE LAST TRUMPET are set in the fictional southern Virginia locale that has been a part of much of my fiction over the years. Taking off on a tangent from H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Music of Erich Zann', these stories explore the concept of sound as an elemental force, and how interacting with this force has the ability to reshape the nature of reality as we know it."

About the Author

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the new novel BALAK (Wildside Press), co-author (along with Elizabeth Massie) of the DARK SHADOWS novel DREAMS OF THE DARK (HarperCollins, 1999), and author of over 80 published works of short fiction. His work has appeared in such anthologies and magazines as CEMETERY DANCE, OCTOBER DREAMS, LOVE IN VEIN II, ROBERT BLOCH'S PSYCHOS, MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY, and many more. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife Peggy and three cats. His daughter Allison attends NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable R'lyehan reading Sept. 22 2003
What a bore and nuiscance it is to read through the piles and piles of Lovecraft pastiches that have accumulated in the past decades. Sometimes one is left to wonder why ever H. P. L. encouraged anybody at all to contribute to his phantastic creation, forgetting too soon about some of the writers who have really done a lot to expand the mythos in its masterminds' sense, and to keep it alive through now almost 80 years, people like Fritz Leiber, Ramsey campbell -or Stephen Mark Rainey.
Not too full of hope, but impressed by the overwhelmingly positive reviews the book got, I started to read through the first story, and actually became so absorbed that I could not stop until I finished the last page. It is true, Rainey has managed something all too rare: to write explicit Cthulhu-Mythos fiction without being derivative (at least as far as it is possible), bringing in a whole lot of new -and not so new- interesting aspects and ideas with an originality and, particularly, quality of style that would have made H. P. L. proud !
Although the last of the stories seemed to me a little bit like one might imagine the multiplayer mode of the upcoming Doom III-game, it nevertheless gave me some quite unpleasant nightmares (and usually I did not get any from reading horror fiction since I read "The dreams in the witch house" by Lovecraft at age 14).
But to get to the point: Rainey's stories are all centred, in a way, around an imaginary Virginia County, surrounding the (fictious) town of Beckham, and around a couple of protagonists that are, often in a subtle way, connected to each other. But apart from that arkhamasque resemblance, the similarity to Lovecraft's imaginary Massachussetts realms ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-derivative Mythos stories - masterful! Jan. 21 2002
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Rainey does what so many Cthulhu Mythos fans cannot - he takes the idea of unknowable horror, things that see us as nothing, and places that idea firmly in the modern day without doing a Lovecraft pastiche. His stories in this volume are all connected by locale, but range in horror from trapped heroes, doomed to a grisly fate, to a feisty futuristic heroine, fighting for survival after the stars have become right. Satisfying work, set in the Mythos, but without the standard trappings so many authors feel necessary to throw in (the million moldy volumes, rattling through the entire Old One pantheon, etc.). Highest recommendations. I've just ordered Balak, his novel, after finishing the collection, and can't wait for it to arrive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of horror Dec 15 2000
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I have enjoyed Stephen Rainey's work in many different publications for many years and here is much of his best work. All the stories are eerie in tone and have a central theme. These stories progress from beginning to end so the book has the sense of being a novel told through different characters' eyes. The best stories to me are "Threnody," "Fugue Devil," "To Be as They" and "Misfits," since these are like chapters where the most important events in the sequence happen. But the rest are also good, with Rainey's great command of atmospheric prose. I strongly recommend this book for readers of horror and especially cthulhu mythos cycle books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like horror? Jan. 9 2001
If you enjoy horror fiction, then you MUST buy this collection! You won't be disappointed, unless you don't like having gooseflesh creep up your spine, or the hairs on the back of your neck rise as you read some of the finest horror stories to come out of the small and professional presses in many a year. Mark Rainey built his reputation as one of the best writers of horror in the last decade, and here you can satisfy your appetite for top-notch weird fiction. Take my word, you'll like every story here! When's the last time you bought a collection as good as that?
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