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10 thoughts on “Dialing the Wind

  1. Randolph Randolph says:

    Another good collection for Grant Four solid interconnected stories with a good framing story set in Oxrun station, all similarly themed but each different The themes are alienation and isolation There are a great couple of stories that feature similar weird goings on but in one case the protagonist becomes isolated into herself and in the other the protagonist is abandoned by everyone else, both leading to loneliness and isolation from the world.There isinterconnection than usual in th Another good collection for Grant Four solid interconnected stories with a good framing story set in Oxrun station, all similarly themed but each different The themes are alienation and isolation There are a great couple of stories that feature similar weird goings on but in one case the protagonist becomes isolated into herself and in the other the protagonist is abandoned by everyone else, both leading to loneliness and isolation from the world.There isinterconnection than usual in the stories with each one clearly referring to another but these can be enjoyed stand alone without much loss.Onething about Oxrun, if you hear that old timey hillbilly music coming from one of your neighbors, pack your bags and get out of town, forever


  2. Kevin Lucia Kevin Lucia says:

    I will never, ever be this good Of course, that won t stop me from trying As always, Grant s brand of quiet horror is built on human emotions and wants and needs and desires, and failings, too And I m a sucker for little universes like Oxrun Station Just makes me wishandthat I could ve met Charles.


  3. Thomas Thomas says:

    The next volume in Grant s Oxrun Station novellas series is Dialing the Wind, a collection with an inscrutable title The first story in the collection is also called Dialing the Wind , and after reading it, you ll understand the title, but whoever selected this as the title of the book must not have been thinking straight It doesn t really tell you anything about the book, and it s about as evocative as dry toast.Each of these collections has had a central theme Nightmare Seasons was about o The next volume in Grant s Oxrun Station novellas series is Dialing the Wind, a collection with an inscrutable title The first story in the collection is also called Dialing the Wind , and after reading it, you ll understand the title, but whoever selected this as the title of the book must not have been thinking straight It doesn t really tell you anything about the book, and it s about as evocative as dry toast.Each of these collections has had a central theme Nightmare Seasons was about obsession The Orchard was about madness and Dialing the Wind is about alienation Each theme is common in the horror genre, and they work well as a framing point for the entire collection Each collection also has a framing vignette that bookends the four novellas, each one suggesting that Grant himself lives in Oxrun Station, and is just there to tell the stories In a way, I suppose that s actually true.The story Dialing the Wind is an odd story of a woman whose isolation leads her to receive a radio preacher show on her radio that s not accessible from other radios She runs into another woman who is also receiving the show, and she has let it drive her a little off kilter I m quite sure of the point of this story, to be honest.The next story, The Sweetest Kiss , is about a man who is married with children, but suddenly becomes obsessed with an old girlfriend of his His daydreaming conjures her up, and he starts to pursue her again, but in true Grant fashion, she s not what she appears In this story, the alienation is self prescribed by the main character, but when he chooses to be unfaithful to his wife, he becomes unsympathetic I m not sure if that was Grant s intent, but the story didn t engage me because of that As We Promise, Side by Side , the third story, is about a woman and her house She s a divorc e who received the house in lieu of any alimony, and over the last four years, she s taken care of it and made it her own When her ex husband threatens to return, the house decides to protect her, but at a cost higher than she expected It s a neat idea, but I felt like the execution was a little lacking, simply due to the lengths the ex husband went in his revenge it didn t feel believable to me Plus, the story echoes The Last and Dreadful Hour , from The Orchard, only it s not quite as interesting.That bring us to the last story, The Chariot Dark and Low , where instead of focusing on how alienation brings horror, it uses the theme as the horror A young man finds himself suddenly alone in the same town that has always been populated, and it traces how that sudden isolation affects him, and why it happened at all It s a well told tale, and highlights what makes Grant s stuff so good when it works.So, the entire collection is a bit of a mixed bag, but at least one of the stories here is definitely worth reading As We Promise, Side by Side is an effective story, even if Grant doesn t quite stick the landing, but The Chariot Dark and Low is the real winner here Fans of horror quiet or otherwise should definitely make an effort to read that one


  4. Sean Mcdonough Sean Mcdonough says:

    Doesn t really announce itself as a short story collection, but very good once you get into the rhythm.


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Dialing the Wind [Read] ➭ Dialing the Wind Author Charles L. Grant – Polishdarling.co.uk In Oxrun Station, the wind carries dark musics and dark magicsand summoning the wind can call you to your doom The spectral sound of folk music was a sound not everyone could hear Only those desperate In Oxrun Station, the wind carries dark musics and dark magicsand summoning the wind can call you to your doom The spectral sound of folk music was a sound not Dialing the PDF/EPUB ² everyone could hear Only those desperate for love heard the haunting notes and had their lives forever altered.

  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • Dialing the Wind
  • Charles L. Grant
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 0812518683

About the Author: Charles L. Grant

Charles Lewis Grant was a novelist and short story writer specializing in what he called dark fantasy and quiet horror He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Dialing the PDF/EPUB ² Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews, and Deborah LewisGrant won a World Fantasy Award for his novella collection Nightmare Seasons, a Nebula Award in for his short story A Crowd of Shadows , and another Nebula Award in for his novella A Glow of Candles, a Unicorn s Eye, the latter telling of an actor s dilemma in a post literate future Grant also edited the award winning Shadows anthology, running eleven volumes from Contributors include Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, RA Lafferty, Avram Davidson, and Steve Rasnic and Melanie Tem Grant was a former Executive Secretary and Eastern Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and president of the Horror Writers Association.



10 thoughts on “Dialing the Wind

  1. Randolph Randolph says:

    Another good collection for Grant Four solid interconnected stories with a good framing story set in Oxrun station, all similarly themed but each different The themes are alienation and isolation There are a great couple of stories that feature similar weird goings on but in one case the protagonist becomes isolated into herself and in the other the protagonist is abandoned by everyone else, both leading to loneliness and isolation from the world.There isinterconnection than usual in th Another good collection for Grant Four solid interconnected stories with a good framing story set in Oxrun station, all similarly themed but each different The themes are alienation and isolation There are a great couple of stories that feature similar weird goings on but in one case the protagonist becomes isolated into herself and in the other the protagonist is abandoned by everyone else, both leading to loneliness and isolation from the world.There isinterconnection than usual in the stories with each one clearly referring to another but these can be enjoyed stand alone without much loss.Onething about Oxrun, if you hear that old timey hillbilly music coming from one of your neighbors, pack your bags and get out of town, forever


  2. Kevin Lucia Kevin Lucia says:

    I will never, ever be this good Of course, that won t stop me from trying As always, Grant s brand of quiet horror is built on human emotions and wants and needs and desires, and failings, too And I m a sucker for little universes like Oxrun Station Just makes me wishandthat I could ve met Charles.


  3. Thomas Thomas says:

    The next volume in Grant s Oxrun Station novellas series is Dialing the Wind, a collection with an inscrutable title The first story in the collection is also called Dialing the Wind , and after reading it, you ll understand the title, but whoever selected this as the title of the book must not have been thinking straight It doesn t really tell you anything about the book, and it s about as evocative as dry toast.Each of these collections has had a central theme Nightmare Seasons was about o The next volume in Grant s Oxrun Station novellas series is Dialing the Wind, a collection with an inscrutable title The first story in the collection is also called Dialing the Wind , and after reading it, you ll understand the title, but whoever selected this as the title of the book must not have been thinking straight It doesn t really tell you anything about the book, and it s about as evocative as dry toast.Each of these collections has had a central theme Nightmare Seasons was about obsession The Orchard was about madness and Dialing the Wind is about alienation Each theme is common in the horror genre, and they work well as a framing point for the entire collection Each collection also has a framing vignette that bookends the four novellas, each one suggesting that Grant himself lives in Oxrun Station, and is just there to tell the stories In a way, I suppose that s actually true.The story Dialing the Wind is an odd story of a woman whose isolation leads her to receive a radio preacher show on her radio that s not accessible from other radios She runs into another woman who is also receiving the show, and she has let it drive her a little off kilter I m quite sure of the point of this story, to be honest.The next story, The Sweetest Kiss , is about a man who is married with children, but suddenly becomes obsessed with an old girlfriend of his His daydreaming conjures her up, and he starts to pursue her again, but in true Grant fashion, she s not what she appears In this story, the alienation is self prescribed by the main character, but when he chooses to be unfaithful to his wife, he becomes unsympathetic I m not sure if that was Grant s intent, but the story didn t engage me because of that As We Promise, Side by Side , the third story, is about a woman and her house She s a divorc e who received the house in lieu of any alimony, and over the last four years, she s taken care of it and made it her own When her ex husband threatens to return, the house decides to protect her, but at a cost higher than she expected It s a neat idea, but I felt like the execution was a little lacking, simply due to the lengths the ex husband went in his revenge it didn t feel believable to me Plus, the story echoes The Last and Dreadful Hour , from The Orchard, only it s not quite as interesting.That bring us to the last story, The Chariot Dark and Low , where instead of focusing on how alienation brings horror, it uses the theme as the horror A young man finds himself suddenly alone in the same town that has always been populated, and it traces how that sudden isolation affects him, and why it happened at all It s a well told tale, and highlights what makes Grant s stuff so good when it works.So, the entire collection is a bit of a mixed bag, but at least one of the stories here is definitely worth reading As We Promise, Side by Side is an effective story, even if Grant doesn t quite stick the landing, but The Chariot Dark and Low is the real winner here Fans of horror quiet or otherwise should definitely make an effort to read that one


  4. Sean Mcdonough Sean Mcdonough says:

    Doesn t really announce itself as a short story collection, but very good once you get into the rhythm.


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