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Transients and Other Disquieting Stories Hardcover – Feb 1993

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: W Paul Ganley Pub (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093244556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932445568
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g

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From Library Journal

Here is another collection of stories from Schweitzer ( Tom O'Bedlam's Night Out and Other Strange Excursions , Ganley, 1985). These horror tales aim for disquiet rather than terror, but they evoke neither subtle unease nor even a grosser case of the shivers. Many of the stories open promisingly, and with an interesting premise, but the carry-through just isn't there. In the title story, a man's ordinary suburban life begins to dissolve around him, for no reason. When he realizes that he is gradually disappearing from the memory of his friends and family, he becomes a street person. Eventually, he meets other "transients" and tells them "Remember. That's all we have. Cling together and remember." No explanation for their transient state is given; no lesson is evident. Are the tales meant to illustrate what happens to men who opt out of everyday life? Who knows? The point is elusive. Disappointing.
- A.M.B. Amantia, Population Action International , Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent collection of fantasy and horror short stories. April 15 1999
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Format: Paperback
An excellent collection of fantasy and horror short stories from an under-appreciated author. My only qualm about the book is that several of the stories hit the same note -- not enough differences in all of them -- but overall it's an excellent collection. Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Chills and Melancholia June 16 2001
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Format: Paperback
Aside from being "disquieting," these 15 tightly-written horror stories are tinged with a bittersweet melancholy that can only come from a writer who has written a lot, read a lot, and lived a lot. A good example of this is "Clocks," which concerns a widower being visited by the spirit of his dead wife. He can't stop himself from resurrecting her spirit at the same time every year, making us wonder if we would do the same thing. It would be psychologically unhealthy to keep bringing back your loved one, but who would refrain from doing so? But don't worry; TRANSIENTS has the expected and enjoyable chills. Be prepared to drown in "Pennies from Hell" and to see new faces (you'll understand what I mean) in "Peeling It Off."

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