Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers
eBook review copy; 496 pages
Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories by
Tim Powers is a highly recommended collection of twenty-one short
stories, all with a supernatural element to the plot. Each of the
stories is introduced by Powers with additional information about or
inspiration for the story. (My review copy has 21 stories, although the
description says twenty.)
DEMOLITION: A book collector discovers a manuscript that results in a time traveling adventure to save the world.
THE BIBLE REPAIRMAN: A psychic handyman, who is currently semi-retired
and paid to eliminate troublesome passages of the Bible, is asked to
return to the work he used to do and save the kidnapped ghost of another
APPOINTMENT ON SUNSET: A group of men are trying to save another man's
life by making him repeat the sequence of events that led to his death
in 1964, but trying to change the end results. Saving him is a side
effect of what they really want to do.
THE BETTER BOY
with James P. Blaylock: "A scaled-down horticultural version of
Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, with a tomato instead of a
PAT MOORE: A chain-mail letter promising good luck after you send it on to ten friends is more sinister than it seems.
THE WAY DOWN THE HILL: A
we’d-all-be-better-off-dead story about a family of immortals who jump from one host to another.
ITINERARY: a time traveling ghost story.
JOURNEY OF ONLY TWO PACES: A man settles an old friend's estate which requires a trip to a strange apartment building.
THE HOUR OF BABEL: A group of men need help time-traveling to June 21,1975, the night when "God vomited on Firehouse Pizza."
WHERE THEY ARE HID: Inspired by the Fritz Leiber novella, "You’re All Alone." A chrono-jumper has undisclosed plans.
TRAVERSE AFAR with James P. Blaylock: A grieving man has an encounter during the Christmas season.
THROUGH AND THROUGH: A ghost comes to a confessional and wants absolution from the priest.
NIGHT MOVES: An imaginary playmate tracks down a boy, no matter where he moves.
DISPENSATION: two men encounter kittens and a ghost.
A SOUL IN A BOTTLE: A man meets a ghost - and falls in love with her.
PARALLEL LINES: The surviving elderly sister grieves the loss of her twin, who is trying to communicate with her.
FIFTY CENTS with
James P. Blaylock: A man is searching used book stores for a particular book when he encounters some supernatural trouble.
NOBODY’S HOME: A prequel for the
character of Jacky Snapp from the novel The Anubis Gates.
A TIME TO CAST AWAY STONES: A story about Edward Trelawny, a real historical figure; "a liar who
eventually came to believe his own melodramatic fabulations."
OUT IN PURGATORY: A man vows to kill the man who murdered the woman he worshiped from afar.
SUFFICIENT UNTO THE DAY: A family's Thanksgiving feast takes
a dark turn as the invited ghosts of relatives past accidentally
draw soul-stealing demons into the family television set.
My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.