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Deadfall Hotel Paperback – April 17, 2012
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"Deadfall Hotel is everything a horror novel should be. Steve Rasnic Tem is at the height of his powers with this effort. If you're a fan of horror, the weird, or just plain old great storytelling, give Deadfall Hotel a read. You won't regret it." FEARnet
"This is no ordinary novel. It is not a comfortable read and it is incredibly surreal. However, it is a book that must be read." Terror Tree
"A dark and moving story of love, loss and change, with a posse of horror kittens thrown into the mix." The Guardian
"Steve Rasnic Tem has created a strange and wonderful world, filled with the curious and the marvelous...as much a place of joy as it is of sorrow, something [he] captures brilliantly in this extraordinary novel." -- Maureen Kincaid Speller in zone-sf.com
About the Author
Steve Rasnic Tem is an author, artist, and poet. His works have earned him numerous international literary awards, including the World Fantasy Award. Joe R. Lansdale has referred to Steve as “a school of writing unto himself,” and others have compared his work to that of Ray Bradbury, Dino Buzatti, Raymond Carver, and Franz Kafka. Tem has long proven his understanding of the dark parts of the human soul, with books and stories that have earned him 9 Bram Stoker Award nominations (3 wins) and 7 International Horror Guild Award nominations (2 wins, plus one story nominated for the 2007 awards). Deadfall Hotel is the product of nearly twenty years of work.
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WRITTEN BY: Steve Rasnic Tem
PUBLISHED: April, 2012
Deadfall Hotel is a rather sweet, at times sad, at times scary, novel which is more fantasy than horror. It includes the familiar monster tropes, but they are all fused with human pains, made believable in whatever condition ails the character, sending them to convalesce and, most likely, eventually perish in the namesake hotel. I wouldn’t call this book a “page-turner” as it is slow and sentimental, but that is what I enjoy about this author; he captures the subtleties of emotion – fear, sadness, hope – as masterfully as any “literary” writer, while at the same time building a compelling supernatural environment. A few of the sections seemed to go on for too long, such as the King of the Cats, while other sections, I wanted to learn more of, such as the actual history of the house, the pool that only occasionally appears, and the several of the other background “inhabitants” that make brief cameo appearances, but never again materialize. Deadfall Hotel is best read in a leisurely pace, ideally in a windowed nook with gloomy rain falling outside, and a nice mug of chamomile tea.
Four and a quarter out of Five stars
I don't agree with others about this being like Lovecraft or King, because it wasn't as fluid in its storytelling. 200 pages short and I think it would have been a great read.