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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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-06-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 17-06-17

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By oftenevil on 27-11-17

Philip Fracassi is not to be slept on...

There is nothing I can say more accurate or appropriate to any one about to dive into this collection of short stories & novelettes - each one crescendoing and ending with their wonderful central characters being forced to face impossible revelations about the world and the chaos of it all that brought them to their final moment alive - that would be worded better than Laird Barron’s introduction to this debut publication. (For those new to the world of good horror literature, Barron is a heavyweight champion who makes the likes of Stephen King look like children’s books - so Laird’s giddy and enthusiastic preamble was honestly shocking for me to read as I prepared to see what this “Void” had ready for, and just as Barron stated, Fracassi has obviously been winding up for years, and this is as big of a statement as one could ever dream of from any horror author’s first volume of short stories.)

Not since John Langan’s, “The Wide Carnivorous Sky,” has there been a new name on the mainstream weird fiction/occult horror block worth obsessing over. Philip Fracassi, you HAD my curiosity, but now you have my full attention!

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