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Night Shade Books, 2007 - Fiction - 179 pages
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A chilling and mysterious voice becomes audible to Sanie shortly after she and her husband Jackson move into the decaying antebellum mansion that is the Bullard ancestral home in rural South Carolina. At first, she wonders if the voice might be a prank played by Jackson's peyote-popping brother Will or his equally off-kilter sister Louise. But soon Sanie discovers that the ghostly voice is merely a single piece in the decadent, baroque puzzle that comprises the Bullard family history rank with sensuality, violence, repression and madness.

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Review: Softspoken

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I was hopefully intrigued by this little book. The premise reminded me of one of my favorite little sub genres of story: Irritating/Unlikeable Rich People Get Haunted. There was a certain formula ... Read full review

Review: Softspoken

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Satisfyingly spooky! A genre blend of sci-fi, horror, and mystery, this is also a good old-fashioned haunted house story in the southern gothic tradition. Dorky sci-fi humor keeps it from getting too ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Lucius Shepard was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1947. He wrote in many different genres including science fiction and fantasy, cyberpunk, magical realism, poetry, and non-fiction. He published his first short stories in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, in 1984. His other works include Life During Wartime, The Jaguar Hunter, and Two Trains Running. He won several awards including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1985, the Nebula Award for the novella R&R, the Hugo Award for the novella Barnacle Bill the Spacer, and the Shirley Jackson Award for the novella Vacancy. He died on March 18, 2014 at the age of 66.

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