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Figures in Rain

Weird And Ghostly Tales
A collection of stories by

World Fantasy Best Collection (nominee)
In 1981, Chet Williamson's first professionally published story, 'Offices', appeared in the magazine TWILIGHT ZONE; and unbeknownst to many, a major talent had been unleashed in the world of supernatural fiction. Much of Williamson's subsequent work was to be in the field of the weird and uneasy tale, and acknowledged the debt owed to such past masters as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and M. R. James, while managing to retain its own very distinctive style: the style of one who was not content to write the same story over and over, but that of a writer who was compelled to seek out new styles, new experiences, new ways of making a reader shiver. As Joe R. Lansdale writes in his introduction to this volume, 'Most successful writers do just that. Repeat themselves. They do this because, sadly, most readers want it. . . . This is not a book for that kind of reader.'

FIGURES IN RAIN is the first collection of Chet Williamson's tales of the uneasy, the macabre, and the horrific. In these twenty-seven stories - two of which have been specially written for this volume - Williamson explores the sometimes tragic, sometimes horrifying, always fascinating world of dark terrors that exists alongside our own, more mundane, world. Then the two worlds overlap, the result can be terror, pain, confusion, and heartache; but it can also be forgiveness, understanding, hope, and even love. No two Chet Williamson stories are alike; and the characters who inhabit them are all too recognisable as living, breathing people who sometimes stumble across the boundary between our existence and that of something darker, and who do not always have the tools to cope with what they find there.

'Which stories do I recommend?' asks Lansdale in his introduction. 'All of them. Chet doesn't write bad stories. . . . So find a nice comfy spot. . . . It would be nice if, just by coincidence, it were raining outside. Maybe a roll of thunder and a flash of lightning now and then. And if there's no rain, no lighting and thunder, it won't matter. Chet will get you anyway.'

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July 2002 : Canada Hardback

Title: Figures in Rain: Weird and Ghostly Tales
Author(s): Chet Williamson
ISBN: 1-55310-039-5 / 978-1-55310-039-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Ash Tree Pr
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March 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Author(s): Chet Williamson
Publisher: Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press
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