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With this first collection, ALECTRYOMANCER AND OTHER WEIRD TALES, Christopher Slatsky rises to the front ranks of writers who operate in the lands of creepy darkness. He brings a searing intelligence and stylistic fluidity uncommon in ANY writing, as well as a wild imagination that seems like it can go in any direction.
Mr. Slatsky must have some kind of anthropology or archeology background, because several of these tales concern mysterious civilizations existing on the periphery of human experience. The insect inspired religion The Drachtig from “An Infestation of Stars”, the sea-going parallel Pugwi race from “The Ocean is Eating Our Graves”, and others are intensely alien, while being grounded in rich detail that seems to have come from historical research.
“A Plague of Naked Movie Stars” (what a title!) takes place on Halloween night in the Satanic Panic-gripped 1980s, and manages to evoke that time and place, while slipping into some horrific cosmic terror. In that story, in particular, and others in the collection, Slatsky excels at adding little touches that inform the building dread while adding whole new vistas of “what the hell is going on here?”. I’m thinking in particular of the drawings the main character finds in his older sister’s desk, the conservative Christian family who, after being anti-Halloween for years, is suddenly gung ho, etc. By the end of “Naked Movie Stars”, it’s hard to know who is possibly complicit in the weirdness, which is a cool touch.
The title story is a flat-out masterpiece, and I rank it with the best pieces from this latest wave of great writers of weirdness. I’ve read it three times now, and still haven’t gotten close to the bottom of it. This is one dense, multilayered, consistently mind-boggling story that almost sounds ludicrous when you try to synopsize it. It follows Rey, a Mexican immigrant farm worker during the Great Depression, as he toils on a farm that is slowly losing its work force, mulls over photos from his past (which seems to mutate depending on his mood), reads from a bizarre book he can’t remember finding but which contains some severely bizarre stuff about Antediluvian Engines and prehistoric history, keeps seeing a horrific vision in the sky, and does cockfighting at night with his rooster, Little Cerefino. Phew. Got all that?
It is rare to find writing that feels truly TRULY weird, like something that operates outside of consensus reality, but I’ll be damned if “Alectryomancer” isn’t one of those. Seriously. Buy this book for that story alone, and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be happy, actually, because then you have a whole other feast of great stuff.
If this is Slatsky’s first collection, I hesitate to guess what realms of strangeness he’ll venture into the future. Whatever the case, he’s got a fan for life out of me. An unbelievably strong debut.
The collection opens up with a weird tale about an American woman going through a divorce and mid life crisis in the UK while some other weird things are happening. This book does get darker and weirder as you go along. A couple more of my favorites are The Ocean Is Eating Our Graves, which features a lot of Native anthropology and folklore, and Tellurian Facade, which is a story about a family coming together after the death of their abusive father. Both are excellent weird stories where the weird is presented in different ways. The Ocean Is Eating Our Graves presents dreadful in all aspects with elements of weird throughout while Tellurian Facade reads like a dark noir drama and it doesn't get weird until the very end. Slatsky has a beefy vocabulary and is obviously well read in the subjects he tackles throughout the book. The prose is beautiful and written with literary heft. Slatsky reminds me of Laird Barron in the fact that he can write a weird story but he can also really write in a literary form with the best of them. I am not ashamed to say that I had to reread lines at times to truly grasp the meaning and I had to check my dictionary/wiki app a few times while I read this collection. At the end I just appreciated the layers and depth of research that went into this debut collection. It was a challenging read at times but the good kind of challenge not the chore like challenge.
Even though this is Slatsky's first collection I am sold. This dude should definitely making his way up the ranks of the weird fiction realm, and hopefully getting the attention of dark fiction fans in general. Dunham's Manor press puts out some of the best weird fiction I have ever read and I am sure other publishers are trying to get at this author. I can't wait to read more by Slatsky.
Readers will want to take their time digesting these tales, and many of them will deserve, and warrant, a re-read. Slatsky will be a force in the field - be warned.