A Stir of Echoes

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A Stir of Echoes
First edition
Author Richard Matheson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror novel
Publisher J. B. Lippincott & Co.
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 224 pp

A Stir of Echoes is a 1958 novel by Richard Matheson that served as the inspiration for the 1999 film, Stir of Echoes.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!


Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel, saying "Matheson expertly builds a mood of horror and terror that only on one occasion exceeds credulity."[1] Damon Knight, however, dismissed it as "a thin and banal ghost story with psi trimmings, written in a Chippendale Chinese style."[2]



  1. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (August 1958). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. p. 127. 
  2. ^ "In the Balance". If. December 1958, pp.110