Combining physical horror with philosophical insight, evoking
influences as varied as Harlan Ellison, James Dickey, and the films
of Sam Peckinpah, Braunbecks fiction stirs the mind as it
chills the marrow.
Braunbecks empathy for his characters is unflagging;
his style chameleonic but always apt, from the muscular directness
of a Hemingway to the chivalric flourishes of Byron...
Heartbreaking and terrifying but ultimately ennobling, Braunbecks
tales evoke the small-town ghosts of Ray Bradbury, the psychological
monsters of Stephen King and the spiritual ideals of a valiant Knight
of the Round Table.
The Columbus Dispatch
In Things Left Behind, Braunbeck manages a whole range
of emotions: fear, grief, regret, maybe even a little joy and hope.
This book is a remarkable accomplishment.
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(Braunbecks stories) all deal with lives touched by
violence and the reverberations of certain vicious acts, whether
supernaturally-induced or reality-based, that continue to long haunt
the protagonists. Things Left Behind does the same to the reader.
This huge collection definitely offers a darkly glowing invitation
to the commanding work of an author about to break into the major
leagues of stellar storytellers. Highly recommended.