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Behold the Void Audiobook

Behold the Void

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Publisher's Summary

Behold the Void includes nine stories of terror that huddle in the dark space between cosmic horror and the modern weird, between old-school hard-edged horror of the 1980s and the stylistic prose of today's literary giants.

Revenge takes a monstrous form when a scorned lover acquires bizarre, telekinetic powers; a community swimming pool on a bright summer day becomes the setting for a ghastly nightmare of sacrifice and loss; a thief does bloody battle with a Yakuza for the soul of a horse god; a priest must solve the mystery of a century-old serial killer or risk the apocalypse; a newly-married couple discover that relationships-gone-bad can be poisonous, and deadly; a child is forced to make an ultimate choice between letting his parents die or living with the monsters they may become; and when a boy is trapped on a beach at low tide, he must face death in many forms - that of the rising water coming to consume him and the ghost of his dead mother who wants him back, reaching for him with dark, longing arms....

©2017 Philip Fracassi (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing

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    Amazon Customer 03/10/2017
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    "Fantastic book but I struggled with the narrator"

    Philip Fracassi is one of the most promising voices of the new wave of horror authors, up there with Laird Barron and John Langan, but I have to admit I struggled with the narrator. He's not bad, but there's a certain strange laziness to the narrator's voice that sounds both robotic and laggy at times, which I found detracted from the stories being read.

    Overall though, well worth the time!

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    Amazon Customer Lincoln 28/06/2017
    Amazon Customer Lincoln 28/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Cinematic storytelling with a hint of Stephen King"

    Great selection of stories with some original and unexpected ideas. Very cinematic in scope with emphasis on character despite the short story format. you can tell Fracassi is a screen writer. His work reminded me of King in places, especially the last story, but it is still unique enough to be its own thing.

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    17/06/17
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    "most excellent"

    loved it! i'll for sure revisit this book when some future purchase disappoints; both narrator and author make me jealous with their talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephs88
    Santa Monica, CA United States
    15/09/17
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    "Fantastic stories"
    What did you love best about Behold the Void?

    Fracassi has a rich and frighting imagination, reminds me of vintage Stephen King


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fracassi is great at developing memorable characters in a short amount of time. I'd say my favorite was the boy in Mandala, the final story in the collection


    Have you listened to any of David Stifel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Who was the most memorable character of Behold the Void and why?

    It's a collection of short stories, so there are many characters to choose from. I think the one that stayed with me the most was the lead character in Surfer Girl, it's a terrifying look into the mind of a potential serial killer


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

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  • Kryptography
    West Sacramento CA, CA, United States
    11/07/17
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    "Just extremely boring stories."
    What disappointed you about Behold the Void?

    To be fair I only made it through 2 of these short stories, but I wasn't going to waste any more time on this book - just the most mediocre stories, supernatural elements just tossed at the wall with no creativity or signs of narrative cohesion.


    What could Philip Fracassi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fracassi needs to go back to the drawing board and rather than just hammering out stories about random seeming scary events build an actual coherent universe that we can be interested in and care about.


    What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extremely disappointed with the low quality of storytelling, literally significantly worse than what you can listen to for free on youtube or horror fiction podcasts any day of the week.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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