In Silent Graves
Every so often a book comes along which completely redefines
the genre by challenging its borders, by tossing aside all its overused
trappings, by reshaping and reinventing what we perceive to be genre
fiction while moving us to reexamine the world in which we live.
In Silent Graves does these things in spades. Ill never
be able to look upon the line Once Upon a Time again
without thinking of Gary A. Braunbeck and the children of Chiaroscuro.
Braunbecks debut as a dark fantasy novelist shows the
same passion and originality as his short fiction collection, Things
Left Behind. The novel bursts with moving insights about grief
turning ones world upside-down and about the restorative power
I just finished Gary A. Braunbecks In Silent Graves,
and this thing is dynamite, people. The emotional resonance that
permeates his short fiction is on full display here. Its an
intoxicated blend of stark reality and dark fantasy. Its got
brains and its got heart to spare. Add to that its utter unpredictability
and youve got a real winner here. As Joe Bob Briggs would
say, Check it out.
The deeply emotional quality of Braunbecks work pulls
you in, makes it almost impossible for you not to sympathize with
his characters. Braunbeck combines brutal, horrific events and incredible
tenderness in his characters reactions...[some scenes] just
plain gave me the creeps-I mean hairs-on-end, chill-down-the-spine,
whats-that-in-the-corner-of-my-eye kind of creeps. This novel
should not be missed.