Review of A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson

July 2, 2009
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A Stir of Echoes by Scott BrickA Stir of Echoes
By Richard Matheson; Read by Scott Brick
6 CDs – 6.5 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781433267451
Themes: / Horror / Ghosts / Suburbs /

I love a good ghost story, and this certainly is one. A Stir of Echoes was originally published in 1958, but there is very little in the novel that dates it. Either Richard Matheson has a knack for not mentioning things that will become dated, or our lives haven’t changed all that much since the 1950’s.

Tom Wallace and his wife live in the suburbs. At a party, Wallace agrees to be hypnotized, which inadvertently opens a door in his mind to psychic communications. He sees some future events and senses motives and desires of others, but most disturbing is the ghostly woman who keeps showing up in his house.

Like I Am Legend, this novel is very internal. It’s all about Wallace, what he’s thinking, what he’s feeling, and his perception of everyone else. For narrator Scott Brick, this novel presented an opportunity for a great dramatic reading, and he delivers. There’s no doubt how Wallace is feeling, and it’s not always the words that tell us. Brick’s performance is stirring, and his intensity grows as Wallace’s grip loosens. A thorougly entertaining production.

Blackstone Audio is building a very nice collection of Richard Matheson’s fiction. Jesse recently reviewed I Am Legend and Other Stories, and forthcoming is another collection: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories by Richard Matheson.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

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