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- Print Length: 300 pages
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- Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing (April 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K1WJ6DY
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Holloway takes the reader on a fast-paced and horrific ride into the realms of faith and those who have lost it. It ventures into some twisted southern gothic territory with cosmic brutality blended in. You can pick up on the Lovecraft influence yet it is melded into the author's unique writing style. His prose flows fantastically throughout the story which unfolds nicely and sets the reader up for an epic series. I can't wait to read the next installment because this is really a standout read.
Meanwhile, a young soothsayer who runs a spiritualist scam with her abusive mother and stepfather continues to hide her own secret: that she really can speak to the dearly departed of the clients who visit her. Then without warning, a routine séance becomes something terrifying when the spirits of the dead rise up and conduct their own campaign of terror.
And a veteran from World War II suddenly recovers his own buried memories of his encounter with the works of a Nazi occultist, and who realizes the blasphemous rituals are being repeated in the present day.
Some terrible force from beyond the spheres in reaching into reality through the gifts of these psychic sensitives and using their abilities to create instruments of its alien will, who shall commit blasphemous and ritualistic murders as part of an arcane enchantment to widen the rift between realities.
An unlikely group of heroes are brought together by some perceptive investigators attempting to comprehend the crimes and finding nothing that fits their paradigms. Reluctantly, they must come to accept that theirs is a fight against inhuman forces for the existence and sanity of the world itself.
A strong start to what promises to be a story to remember, but marred by some flaws. Chiefly, a lack of authenticity in much of the dialogue and character interactions, and the conclusion is not all it could be.
The story itself, however, and the ideas that drive it, are powerful and the narrative is full of suspense from Page One. The police investigation rings true, and the heroes’ process of piecing everything together captures the work of the Lovecraftian detective protagonists of old. Here’s hoping for more!
With a nice range of characters, from the crack addicted faith healer to the ex-stripper wants-to-turn-good psychic and a range of flavours from law enforcement the story was well rested upon their shoulders.
The story is well rounded and the conclusion is satisfactory. The novel may be over, but the story is not finished. There is plenty of story left to tell, and I for one cannot wait for the next installment to come along.
The real villain has not yet been met, he has merely been alluded to. My mind is salivating at the prospect of what lies aheaed given everything that happened in this first book.
- Good plot
- Tastefully handles gruesome events - teases all the gory details making us want more
- Creates a world that seems to have a lot of layers and players
- Makes Lovecraft fans seem fairly at home
- Terrible dialogue - way too expository and blunt (no tension; unlikeable, sometimes overly zany characters)
- On the same note, no one ever acts or feels a certain way, they just tell other people what they think and feel
- Lack of perspective - the story pretends to be written from different character's points of view, but we never really know whose head we're in, and it ultimately feels like we're in the author's head which takes away from the experience.
- Author telegraphs events right before they happen - more like a high school persuasive paper that uses transitional statements than a tense and disturbing horror novel.
Ultimately, I would any Lovecraft fan that there are (kind of) demons, zombies, Cthulhu-esque monsters, and the occult in this book, and that will be enough for me to tell some of them to read it. The content of the plot and the evil in the story really keep you turning the page, but you realize early that you don't care what happens to any of these people. Only read this book if you can enjoy procedural horror and like all sorts of crazy events going on in spite of the characters involved in them. General horror fans may enjoy it, but I fear that if I had put down the book for a few days, I wouldn't care to pick it back up. I would give it a 2.5, but I don't think it's worthy of a round-up.
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