The Last Trumpet Paperback – Aug 20 2000
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From the Author
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The Last Trumpet is a bone chilling collection of short stories by Stephen Mark Rainey. All the stories though different, are inter-connected in an interesting way. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Rafik
really interesting read. rainey has a way of making something seem very fresh. his plots always seem original, even when they are not. great stories. great descriptions at times. Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by jan erik storebø