A Stir of Echoes is a chilling, atmospheric work from one of horror's late, great masters and it's something we are proud to publish. Richard Matheson very sadly passed away in July, marked by a flow of praise and tributes, so wasn't able to see this new edition. However, the fact that we were about to reissue A Stir of Echoes, fifty-five years from its first publication, shows the power of his fiction. A Stir of Echoes is a perennial tale of a claustrophobic suburban community, where our protagonist Tom Wallace's life slips from normality into nightmare.
You can find our previous tribute to Richard Matheson here, and more on the plot below. We'd also like to share underneath this a trailer from the film of A Stir of Echoes, which featured Kevin Bacon. And there's an extract from A Stir of Echoes for you to enjoy here too, published this month. Richard Matheson was an incredible talent, who has left an amazing legacy of creative work.
Madness is only a step away . . .
Tom Wallace is happy with his suburban lot. Until an evening of casual entertainment turns reality into nightmare. Tom sees himself as a pragmatist, and when his brother-in-law challenges him to undergo hypnotism, he obliges to prove a point. So no one is more surprised that Tom when it works. But this cheap parlour trick unlocked something that now threatens his sanity, way of life and marriage. Suddenly he can sense his neighbours’ darkest desires, and some are dark indeed. When shadows from the past and glimpses of the future are revealed to him, Tom tries to deny what’s happening. But as his existence becomes increasingly unbearable, the biggest revelation of all awaits -- a message from beyond the grave.
PRAISE FOR RICHARD MATHESON
‘Richard Matheson is the author who influenced me the most as a writer’ Stephen King
‘Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories . . . For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov’ Stephen Spielberg
‘One of the most important writers of the 20th century’ Ray Bradbury
‘His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart’ Dean Koontz
‘Matheson inspires, it’s as simple as that’ Brian Lumley
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