A collection of stories
Bram Stoker Award Winning
Brian A. Hopkins
THESE I KNOW BY HEART
Cover art by Matt Harpold.
Introduction by Yvonne Navarro.
Seventeen stories, including,
for the first time in ANY collection, 1999 Bram Stoker Award winner "Five
Days in April" -- along with the preceding Watchers story "Ten Days in
July." Also includes "These Are the Moments I Live For," a new story
written especially for this collection. From the back cover: "Brian
A. Hopkins is the author of over a hundred short stories published in the
science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres and the Bram Stoker Award winning
novel The Licking Valley Coon Hunters Club. His story 'Five Days in
April' not only won a Bram Stoker Award in 1999, but was also a finalist for
both the Nebula Award and the Ted Sturgeon Memorial Award."
the seventeen stories in this handsome trade paperback collection, fully
twelve I consider outstanding examples of the storyteller's art. The
other five are merely superb ... A
deep spiritual, naturalistic streak runs through much of Brian Hopkins' work,
though it's tempered by a strong nod to realism -- often seen as a scientific
element or context -- and a sense of social commentary sadly lacking in much
of horror today. Hopkins brings emotion back to [the horror]
-- from a review by William D. Gagliani
thought-provoking tales of love, death, angels and miracles ... Absolutely
-- Lesley Mazey,
Night Science Fiction
Please forgive me for being pleased, but this here is a new book we should
sell very well indeed. Now that I have all these Hopkins fans on my
hands, a new collection in a pretty package signed by ol' Brian himself should
virtually fly out of here. You'll like this guy. Obviously
well-read, obviously has a passion for the classic, obviously a fearless and
highly imaginative storyteller. We've usually got several Hopkins
collections in stock - try any one of them - I'm confident you'll be back for
the others. As I've said before, for whatever this is worth, we've sold
more trade paperbacks by Brian Hopkins than any other writer over the course
of the last year or so."
-- Mark V. Ziesing, Bookseller and Publisher
this collection of some of Hopkins' best short stories that will make the cold
winter nights warmer, because what
Hopkins does best with his words is reach inside and yank at the heart.
And the soul. ...With his Michener-like eye for research and detail and his
John D. MacDonald penchant for spinning an easily read yarn, Hopkins is
quickly gaining his own fine reputation as a writer."
-- Judi Rohrig in the Evansville, Indiana
Courier & Press
is a collection about experiences of the deepest, darkest, and most excruciating
kind. Loss and love, fear and regret, splayed in all its black and
painful glory . . . Nothing in These I Know By Heart is easy, and that,
perhaps, is exactly as it should be. There are lessons to be learned
in the turn of a phrase written by a talented hand and a knowing heart,
and Brian Hopkins excels indeed in the role of teacher."
Yvonne Navarro, from the Introduction
Hopkins is a skilled writer whose stories show that he's always in control
of the elements that make for great fiction: mastery of his craft, a keen
sense of story, and boundless imagination. These I Know By Heart
is the work of a true artist."
Edo van Belkom, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of Teeth
Hopkins should take five steps forward and join the masters. His
writing is eloquent, poignant, touching and delirious. Hopkins manages
to both repulse and enchant within a single story, and writes with a quiet
melancholy that is reminiscent of Bradbury at his best."
James A. Moore, Author of Under the Overtree
Hopkins is one of the most promising new horror writers of the past decade or
so. His "Five Days in April" is extraordinarily gripping, a
story that lingers and will not let go. He is certainly one of the most
intriguing voices to emerge from the small presses since Thomas Ligotti."
Darrell Schweitzer, Weird Tales
and savagery wrapped in sheer elegance of expression, These I Know By Heart
will capture yours and stay with you long after the pages have been
Steve Beai, Author of Widow's Walk
A. Hopkins can make you laugh or cry in any genre he chooses to write
in. From the tear bringing "North" to the soul searching of
"Five Days in April" to the horror of his "La Belle Dame"
stories written with David Niall Wilson, he is this generation's Harlan
Ellison. That is no false comparison, Hopkins is that good and will only
get better in the future."
Barry Hunter, Baryon Magazine