A collection of stories
Bram Stoker Award Winning
Brian A. Hopkins
SALT WATER TEARS
Cover Art by A.B. Word.
Introduction by Gary A. Braunbeck.
"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too
impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but
lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea
teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless
as a beach -- waiting for a gift from the sea."
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"...his stories carry things often forgotten or left behind in both
horror and science fiction -- poetry, emotion, and heart ... If you haven't met
Brian A. Hopkins, this could be the introduction you need."
-- from a review
by William D. Gagliani
"...another excellent collection of Brian's work ... I found it impossible to put this book down ...
-- Lesley Mazey,
The Eternal Night
"Over the course of the last year or so we've sold more trade paperbacks
by Brian Hopkins than we have any other writer ... [Brian] seems to be the kind
of writer that appeals to our patrons. I like to think that that kind of
writer is literate, emphatic, unusual and lyrical ... Better check this Hopkins
-- Mark Ziesing, Bookseller and Publisher
"Hopkins displays a fascination with damaged protagonists ... that is
almost as strong as the fascination with the ocean and cetaceans ... that is the
titular focus of this book. From the distant play of orcas in 'North' to
the rotting dolphin corpses center stage in 'Wrinkles at Twilight,' this theme
of the pelagic mysteries weaves a fascinating metaphor for the decidedly
land-based life led by most of Hopkins' readership ... These are not emotionally
satisfying, morally secure stories -- they are challenging, sometimes difficult,
and always at least a bit slantwise of the reader's expectation and
-- Jay Lake, from a review in Tangent
"The sea is the birthplace of all life. It has inspired some of
the greatest minds in literature: Homer, Melville, Conrad, Hemingway ... and
Brian A. Hopkins ... Hopkins dives deep into the mysteries of inner space and
returns with a chest full of literary gems. Submerge yourself in his
word. You may never wish to come ashore again."
-- Garrett Peck, from a review in Cemetery Dance
collection is arguably Brianís most mature and thoughtful one yet. His writing -- always excellent -- is here among the most
painstakingly exact heís ever produced. He
never gives into the temptation to use traditional genre tomes and, in fact,
knows how to use your expectations of those tomes against you...
-- Gary A.
Braunbeck, from the Introduction
Engineer, Martial Artist, and Editor Extraordinaire -- the phrase 'Jack of All
Trades, Master of None' need not apply here. With Salt Water Tears,
Brian A. Hopkins proves he is Master of All He Surveys, and one of the most
important authors of our generation."
Steve Beai, Author of Widow's Walk
Hopkins writes of the ocean as if he were a part of it. His empathy with
whales -- in particular -- is phenomenal, and the subtle blend of intense
research and intuitive talent is -- at times -- unnerving. Unforgettable
David Niall Wilson, Author of This is My Blood
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
A. Hopkins has a sensitivity for shadows. But make no mistake about
it. This 'sensitive' man will keep you up well past the witching hour.
He is a knight from the nightmare realms, the shaman of shrieks, the
director of darkness ... well, you get the idea. But he's also a very
down to earth guy, almost folksy in some of his approaches. Super
Americana. He's from Oklahoma and sometimes reminds me of Will Rogers.
He never met a scream he didn't like."
-- Charlee Jacob,
Author of Dread in the Beast
Hopkins has a rare combination of clear vision, perfect instinct, and mastery
of his craft. If you like to laugh and cry and learn, he's your
Nancy Etchemendy, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of The Power of Un
I examine my obsession with Fitzgerald and Tolstoy, for Dickens and Dostoevsky,
I realize that what keeps me coming back to Gatsby and Anna and the rest is
the music I hear when I am with them. That, and my absolute conviction
that there is nothing there that I would have had them do differently.
So it is with BAH's work. He doesn't simply write; he composes.
Long after the reading is done, the melody lingers on."
-- Janet Berliner, Bram Stoker Award
Winning Author of Rite of the Dragon
Brian says, "There's something about the sea
that always invigorates and rejuvenates me, something about the sound of the
surf and the smell of the brine that calls to my soul. In Don Henley's 'Goodbye
to a River,' he sings --
Lakes and levees, dams and locks
They put that river in a box
It was running wild
And men must have control
We live our lives in starts and fits
We lose our wonder bit by bit
We condescend and in the end
We lose our very souls
-- and it seems to me that at least part of this song is about
the soulessness of things which man manipulates, those elements he reshapes
and 'denaturalizes' to suit his own selfish needs. If rivers
have been robbed of their souls because we've dammed them and reshaped them
and removed their wild and natural tendencies, then surely the same could not
be said of the sea. There's little we can do to shape or control the sea
(save perhaps destroy it by pollution). It exists outside our direct
influence, timeless and powerful, mysterious and unforgiving and sublime.
Like the river, man himself loses his soul through condescension and the
sacrifice of the wild and natural side of his being. We sit in front of our
televisions and our computers and we forget what it is to feel the wind in our
face, to taste the salt-breeze, to wonder at the majesty of dolphins.
The sea returns my soul to me. Reminds me who I was meant to be."
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