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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Everything Under Press (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615693415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615693415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,806,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sin Gorge introduces us to the world of Everything Under, a place of werewolves, vampires, fear bottlers, and other creatures seen through the eyes of John Flicker, a bookstore owner in Columbus, Ohio. Flicker is a rarity in Everything Under, a doppelgeist: his undead Body has a consciousness of its own, but is haunted by his also undead Soul, an arrangement with both advantages and sometimes amusing disadvantages. Flicker, who sometimes aids the police with cases outside the norm of human criminal activity, is chasing a monster in Columbus, a very large monster that takes very large bites out of homeless people, sprays them with acid, and sets them on fire. Will he be able to stop the rampage? And what will he find when he does?

An interesting entry in the "urban supernatural horror fantasy genre", it stands out quite a bit by not including a lot of urban supernatural horror fantasy sex. The only thing that bothered me a little is that this is very obviously intended to be the beginning of a series, so a lot of the story is taken up with world-building in ways that isn't always organic to the plot. Overall, I liked this, and would definitely read a sequel.
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Horsley's debut novel in his Everything Under series offers a new look into the world of the preternatural.

The main character, John Flicker, is a unique synthesis of ghost story and undead (but not zombie) detective. He's pulled in to investigate the mysteriously horrible death of a homeless man, and uses his various connections within the Everything Under to track down the culprit. Overall, the book is a great series beginner and reminiscent of Simon R. Green's Nightside novels or Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series. It's urban fantasy, but you'll encounter only one vampire (briefly) and no werewolves. Horsley has a much better imagination than that!

The only downside is that it's the first work in a series. So, naturally, some time is spent explaining the world and introducing various personalities, but it remains to be seen if these interesting characters (e.g., the incredibly creepy Spam Tam, or the Telephone Birds) are just one-offs. I hope they will become more fully developed in the future. The book is also chock-full of cultural references that will be rewarding to those who get the allusions.

Bottom-line: I am looking forward to the next book in the series, and curious to know how this new world grows and evolves!
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I just finished the book.
Ron Horsley has created a rich world with vibrant characters.
The story is a gripping horror/mystery that unfolds in an unexpected manner with a dash of eastern mythology thrown in for good measure.
I'm about to read the next one, Jennyripper.
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio with a minor stop along the way for a few years in Las Vegas. I've done everything from working tech support for the elderly to stand-up comedy and short filmmaking, but my primary loves are writing fiction and graphic design.

A few highlights for my work:

I'm a graduate of the 2002 Clarion Workshop for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing, where I was mentored by some amazing folks including Tim Powers, Karen Joy Fowler and Geoff Ryman. I was encouraged in my writing by my two best friends and colleagues in the industry, Gary A. Braunbeck and Lucy Snyder.

That same year I got my first major sale, to a short story anthology called Masques V, the last of the same-named series edited by Jerry Williamson and featuring stories by heroes of mine like Ray Bradbury, Poppy Z. Brite and Richard Christian Matheson (with a cover painted by Clive Barker, no less).

I've had stories appear in a number of small-press releases and magazines since then. I took a few years off in 2005 to try living in Las Vegas and go back to school for graphic design to get my degree.

I had a hard time writing in Vegas for some reason, I couldn't make it 'click' in my head the way it had all the years before, since I was doing my own little mini-books on school lined notebook paper in first grade.

Luckily, at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in 2007, I met one of my greatest heroes: Chuck Palahniuk (author of "Fight Club," "Choke," and numerous other works).

Chuck was not only one of my favorite authors, he became one of the rarest members of my personal club: the club of heroes who don't utterly disappoint you when you meet them in person.

I wrote him a letter and gave it to him at the lecture he hosted, since I felt I couldn't stand gushing and going crazy with all the things I wanted to say to him in person. Lo and behold, I got a letter and a 'care package' full of goofy toys and magnet poetry kits from him just a month later.

And one of the key things Chuck made clear to me in his letter was this:

"Even if you sell a million books and it pays all your bills, no one thing will ever make you one hundred percent happy. So don't bank on any external thing to solve all your problems."

Upon returning to Columbus in 2008 I got back into writing hard-core: "Sin Gorge" is my first novel to find publication, written in a 12-day fury sometime in the hazy month of March, 2011.

My attitude towards writing is that the best writers are never too satisfied with their own work and should rarely buy into their own press. My attitude towards publishing is far less printable, but basically revolves around the idea that writers today, particularly in 'genre' fiction like horror and fantasy, need to raise the bar and force the readers to come back to realizing that you can have great storytelling that doesn't condescend or go to the readers' lowest common denominator of stupid.

Smarter writing raises better readers. Period. If you want to write to the most basic instinct of the readership out there, feel free to go write about sparkly vampires in love with hairless werewolves. I want to write something that is worth the readers' money, but more importantly, worth their time that they've given me, their attention and faith that I won't trash all that investment with boring characters and formulaic plots.

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