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David Morrell's Tales from Nightscape: Front Man, Nothing Will Hurt You, and Resurrection

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In "Front Man," an aging screenwriter cast adrift in a youth-oriented Hollywood culture finds a frightening way to make it back into the business. In "Nothing Will Hurt You," a father is obsessed by his daughter's murder, and will stop at nothing to avenge her. In "Resurrection," a son is determined to preserve and care for a father frozen in cryogenic sleep. David Morrell is a consummate storyteller, investing his tales with passion, sympathy and irresistible narrative drive.

For more than 30 years, David Morrell has been known as a master of the literate, high-adrenaline novel of action (First Blood, Desperate Measures, The Protector, etc.). But Morrell is equally at home in shorter forms, as these three stories from his splendid new collection demonstrate.

This recording features Robert Forster, the Oscar-nominated star of Jackie Brown and Audie Award-winning narrator Stefan Rudnicki.

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.51" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 31, 2006
Publisher   Request Audiobooks
ISBN  193329955X  
ISBN13  9781933299556  
UPC  883118310212  

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Great collection   Oct 31, 2005
This is a wonderfully scary group of short stories. Morrell is better known for his novels but his roots were always with horror,You wont want to put the book down.
Short Stories Not Up to Masterpiece Standard of His Novels  Mar 13, 2005
David Morrell is a sensational author of many almost masterpiece quality novels such as The Protector, Long Lost and Burnt Sienna. Nightscape however is not a novel but a collection of short stories and Morrell is not in the same top of the writing ladder league for short stories as he is for novel writing.

I found quite a few of the stories in Nightscape a bit of an effort to maintain interest in and keep reading as they just weren't that good. Resurrection was by the far the best story in here tackling the issues of cryogenics and being frozen until they find a cure and what impact this has on the frozen one's family and ultimately the frozen one once they awaken. If I Should Die Before I Wake was also fairly enjoyable but being that it was set during World War I you knew it was pure fiction therefore losing its believability factor. The final and longest story Rio Grande Gothic about a policeman who is obsessed with finding the perpetrator who keeps leaving a pair of new shoes in the one spot on the highway is also fairly good but the other stories were nothing special. Spend your money on Morrell's masterpiece novels instead of Nightscape and wait for Nightscape to become available at your local library.
A welcome companion volume to 1992's Black Evening.  Jul 15, 2004
Except for the novels The Totem, Testament, and Long Lost, David Morrell has chosen the short story as his primary vehicle when exploring the horrific. Many of these outstanding shorter works were collected in 1992's Black Evening. Now, that volume has a welcome companion, Nightscape.

Although the stories in each display Morrell's trademark "you are there" immediacy, each book has its own unique qualities. Black Evening is a collection of stories that initially saw print between 1972 and 1992, while most of the stories in Nightscape were published during the past decade. The stories in Black Evening tend toward the supernatural, whereas those in Nightscape are more realistic. Finally, whereas the stories in the former vary in length, running the gamut from short stories to novellas, the pieces in the latter are mostly very long. In fact, "If I Should Die Before I Wake" and "Rio Grande Gothic" are almost mini-novels.

In his intimate introduction, Morrell explains that the stories in Nightscape consider the themes of obsession and determination. While those elements play varying roles in each tale, an even deeper theme, that of individual identity, ties these stories together. It's a prominent theme of "Remains To Be Seen," where the protagonist sees himself as a loyal servant, willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill his promise, "Nothing Will Hurt You," which focuses on a father who feels he has not met his responsibilities to his murdered daughter, and "Elvis .45," in which a rabid fan of "The King" loses himself in idol worship.

This motif presents itself repeatedly in the remaining stories. In "Habitat" and "Front Man," the protagonists struggle merely to maintain their identities. In "Resurrection," the main characters redefine themselves to cope with radically changed circumstances. Finally, in "If I Die Before I Wake" and "Rio Grande Gothic," the characters' professions, physician and lawman, respectively, dictate their responses to extraordinary circumstances.

Writing with clarity and intensity, Morrell uses these tales to explore a wide variety of emotions and behaviors, including devotion, betrayal, grief, joy, and, yes, obsession and determination. Unsettling but also moving, the stories in Nightscape are yet another reminder of Morrell's ability to peer deeply into his characters' psyches, a rare talent that makes his work essential reading for horror fans and general audiences alike.


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