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Hexes

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  • Leather Bound
  • Publisher: Delirium; First Cloth Edition edition (2003)
  • ASIN: B0024BGN1I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
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As the reader approaches this novel it quickly becomes apparent that there are few untainted souls in Summerfell. And that today's heroes were yesterday's villains in a complex story of damnation for all the right reasons. Something has haunted Summerfell for far longer than Summerfell has existed. And now it has come to roost in the Galen family, in particular on Michael Galen and his friends. Five years ago they unleashed the awful and now Michael has been drawn back to complete the bargain.

Michael's friend A.G. has been locked up in Panecraft Asylum after being found clutching the skeleton of a woman on his porch, accompanied by an unconscious boy. He is suspected of having murdered his girlfriend and has chosen retreat as his best defense. Michael returns to find out what has happened and help if possible. The two men share the bond of an unholy witchcraft - and the knowledge that Baphomet is rising, as the Prince of Evil's pentacle is engraved scar by scar on Michael's chest.

The madness doesn't stay in Panecraft, which was founded by Michael's father, and was where his mother died. It leaks out into wealthy citizens, policemen, and even the plain folk for whom Michael has always cared. A horrific sacrifice has Michael and his friends searching for another killer, and the events of the present run in haunting parallel to those that drove Michael away five years ago. This time, though, there is no easy walk to safety.

Tom Picccirilli does something unique in telling this tale with no attempt at lengthy explanation. We are made conscious of a continuing flow of ritual magic, but we never get bogged down in manuscript and incantation.
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HEXES returns Tom Piccirilli to the top ranks of horror writers. HEXES takes place in Summerfell, under Summerfell and around Summerfell's asylum, Panecraft. Matthew Galen's father created and ran Panecraft...he killed himself and maybe his wife. Matthew leaves, but after 5 years, returns to Summerfell to right some wrongs that happened during his high school years. In between, Piccirilli dreams up some of the most vile, hateful and vivid scenes of horror I've ever read. Think his DARK FATHER was intense? Check out HEXES! Characters that are all too-real, scenarios that are out of whack but realistically rendered and a climax to end all climaxes.. Researched in occultism well, HEXES succeeds on all levels. Highly Recommended.
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I'm surprised at the enthusiasm this book is generating. I didn't find it to be anything special. The plot was needlessly convoluted, the characters were - aside from Matthew Galen and Gusto - poorly drawn, and there was nothing scary about it. The climax seemed thrown together and out of character with the rest of the book. I didn't believe the outcome of the final battle. It was weak. Two-thirds of the characters seemed to be thrown in just so the author could attach names to the victims in the climax. Basically, the plot is that Matthew Galen returns to his hometown where his best friend has been imprisoned in Panecraft (get it?), the asylum that Galen's father built and his mother died in. His best friend is the prime suspect in whole bunch of missing children cases. But did his friend do it or is there some greater evil lurking about the town? Galen's the right man to find out. Why? Because as a teenager he got involved with the occult and became quite powerful. So what made him successful at it when a million heavy metal kids who dabbled in Crowley and other Occult stuff throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's weren't? Read the book, see if you find the answer. See if you buy the answer. I didn't. Even the two scenes other reviewers are throwing their accolades at were dull. Neither the train station or the house scene was anything special. Not that the book was all bad. To me, the creepiest part of the book were finding out about the chess players in the boarding house. For some reason I also liked Disgusto the dog. I hoped it would survive. Otherwise I didn't care about one single character.
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Not living in the US and having access to public libraries, I have been unfortunately unaware of Tom Piccirilli until I ordered Hexes on a whim. And was very pleasantly surprised. Immediately, his writing reminded me of Ramsey Campbell, and I turned to the back to see if the author was American or British. I associated the writing with Campbell for a very specific reason: in this book, the author does not assume that the reader is an idiot, he does not do all of the work for the reader, but lets the latter fill in the blank spaces for himself, spacing his story out in hints and suggestions. I do not find this book excessively horrific, nothing is spelled out in descriptive hyperbole,but I do find it extremely interesting and provocative, in the manner of Black Easter. I think Tom Piccirili is a very fine writer, a great and needed addition to the genre that has included such greats as Poe and MacHen and Lovecraft, and yet still has not gained the respect of the public at large. His characters are believable and well defined, his story is innovative and captivating, and his prose is very literate and well paced.And, gosh, there is actually a moral imperative. I have every intention of buying all of his books.
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