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Wondrous Strange [Paperback]

Robin Spriggs

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1 Jan 2001
Twenty-five stories of horror, fantasy, and science fiction by award-winning fabulist Robin Spriggs: a tin-can golem in search of her long-lost maker . . . an old movie house where the cost of admission is far greater than the patrons think . . . a boyhood friendship changed forever by a woman of flowers adrift in a backwoods stream . . . and many other encounters, all of them WONDROUS STRANGE.

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. . . wondrous and strange . . . haunting and hypnotic . . . stories you won't easily forget. -- Bella Online

From short, sharp shocks to elegant tales of haunted madness. . . . TombKeeper's highest recommendation. -- Creature Feature

Wondrous Strange is the work of an author who is serious about stretching the creative boundaries of fantastic literature. -- Cemetery Dance

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25 soul-chilling jaunts into the weird, mysterious, and supernatural!

A tin-can golem in search of her long-lost maker . . . an old movie house where the cost of admission is far greater than the patrons think . . . three dead sisters who come to life each evening to receive a gentleman caller in their parlor of ravaged hopes and dreams. . . . If tales of the bizarre are your literary poison of choice, Wondrous Strange is just what the witch doctor ordered.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUREFIRE "STOKER" NOMINATION 8 July 2001
By Reader/author - Published on Amazon.com
Robin Spriggs has already received several rec.'s for the Horror Writer's of America "Stoker" award (in the short fiction category as well as for this particular collection). At times he reminds you of the magic of early Ray Bradbury; at other moments he is as disturbing as this lyrical a prose writer could manage to be. If you love dark fiction, especially of the literate variety, you will not be sorry you bought this delightful book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE PLEASURE FROM A TRUE ORIGINAL 18 Feb 2001
By Brent Glenn (a doctoral student in dramatic lit.) - Published on Amazon.com
Robin Spriggs has presented us with a New Year's treat with his first compilation 'Wondrous Strange.' From the fantastic to the horrific to the humorous, these 'Tales of the Uncanny' kept me burning the night oil into the wee small hours. Mr. Spriggs leads us through a lush landscape of intertwining branches and gnarled roots which always prevent your seeing what's around the next bend. The new millenium welcomes such a pure voice in fantastic fiction. A true pleasure from a true original!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous and Strange! An Awesome Book 2 May 2002
By Lisa Babick - Published on Amazon.com
This collection of 25 short stores by author Robin Spriggs is aptly titled. Wondrous strange is both wondrous and strange. The stories are haunting and hypnotic. They are quiet horror; the type of stories that gnaw at you long after you've put the book away. They are stories you won't forget.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uber Weird! 23 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Holy Moley! This is one of the strangest books I've ever read, and I loved every minute of it. Most of the books I read end up getting traded to used bookstores, but this is one that's definitely staying on my shelf. I'm sure I'll be reading it again and again for many years to come. Not only did it rock my world, it rocked my whole darn universe. I'll say it again: Uber Weird!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely great collection 8 Jan 2012
By Benjamin K. Ethridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Both wondrous and strange, this collection of short stories by Robin Spriggs is one of the greatest I've ever read. I was familiar with Spriggs' prose poetry from his awesome "Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist." From that I knew he had powerful poetic accumen, but from WONDROUS STRANGE, I now know he is an equally great story teller. From cover to cover, this is a masterpiece. I would say my single criticism might be that several stories escaped my understanding, but that isn't to say I wasn't captivated by the language used and that I won't sometime return to the stories to derive meaning. Much like Thomas Ligotti, Robin Spriggs is not an author to visit momentarily.

Aside from screaming READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS, I feel as though there isn't enough dark glitter in the world to cast upon this brief review. WONDROUS STRANGE deserves every magnificent feeling I experienced to be described in stark detail. This book lives. It breathes. It bleeds. It doesn't give up all hope, yet it describes a place where it can be lost or gained in the blink of a goblin's eye.

Magic does exist, it turns out, and it is found in a place we've all suspected it to be hiding: a sacred book of dreams, nightmares and the waking world. It's all there, waiting to be discovered.
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