The Pyre And Others Review

David J. Schow’s The Pyre And Others tells the story of Franklin Bryant and his search for a book by the same name.

The original printed book is a rare fine, limited to 500 copies of the original content.

But the book is much more than a rare find for a literary enthusiast; it is rumored that when placed underneath one’s pillow, the book can influence dreams.

Franklin wishes to test the myth about The Pyre And Others‘ famed dreamscape, traveling through the worlds within its pages.

Contacting Jonah Siritis, Franklin learns that he owns a copy of the original anthology. Acquiring a photocopy of the original anthology, Franklin is unsuccessful in traversing the book’s dreamscape.

Upon Siritis’ death, Franklin is mailed the copy of the original anthology. Spurred by his borderline obsession with the anthology, Franklin places the book beneath his pillow.

However, Franklin opens the book to a specific story from the anthology in hopes that he will be transported to that story rather than the more disturbing tales.

The Pyre And Others, an anthology within this anthology series, was interesting to me. It described individual stories within the anthology and delved into the mystery surrounding the author of those tales.

Franklin is borderline obsessive with his search for an original copy of the anthology; it seemed as if it was the only subject that truly meant anything to him.

It is a story of obsession and of dreams; escapism at its purest form. Reading short stories or novels are outlets to escape the world, Franklin wished not only to escape the world but to truly be in the experience in the dreamscape.

His wish was granted for a price.

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~ by nicmarray on March 2, 2010.

One Response to “The Pyre And Others Review”

  1. Never, ever think you shouldn’t write. You are a very, very good writer and have a lot to tell. Please, please don’t give it up. I will cross all my fingers, toes, eyes etc that you get it all back. But, if you don’t, maybe wait a while and then get back to re-writing the lost part.

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