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Interlands: A Tale of the Supernatural Paperback – June 4, 2013
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About the Author
Vincent H. O’Neil brings a wealth of life experience to his writing. In his different careers he has served as an officer in the US Army Infantry, consulted for a software development firm, managed risk in a major corporation, and created marketing campaigns. After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the St. Martin’s Press "Malice Domestic" Writing Competition in 2005. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Murder in Exile was followed by three more books in the Frank Cole / Exile mystery series: Reduced Circumstances, Exile Trust, and Contest of Wills. He also authored the theater-themed mystery novel Death Troupe and, writing under the name Henry V. O’Neil, the military science fiction novels Glory Main, Orphan Brigade, and Dire Steps (published by Harper Collins). Read sample chapters at his website: www.vincenthoneil.com
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The Interlands takes place in and around Providence, Rhode Island. If you have ever been there you will realize the author is giving you a pretty good description of downtown Providence in specific passages. In addition to Providence a large part of the story occurs in the secondary re-growth forests surrounding the city. It is a wonderful blend of Lovecraft and Machen in my opinion and provides some satisfying hints of what is in the interlands. Also, the novel has an interesting twist on the “chosen one” trope where the main character is not chose one but instead is the one who happens to be present at the wrong place and wrong time. Overall, great Lovecraftian / weird fiction novel and well worth the time and money. I look forward to reading Vincent H. O’Neil and Henry V. O’Neil’s sequel Denizens: Interlands Book Two; already purchased and on my reading list!
Two strengths separate Interlands from other reads. The first is Angie. She's a wonderful, believable, sympathetic hero. We are immediately on her side. We want to see her succeed. We are worried about her when she's in danger, and we are rooting for her to come out the other side OK. It goes without saying that a book without a strong lead cannot survive, but Angie helps take Interlands to another level entirely.
The other strength is the plot itself. It's been said that the best horror begins with an imminently believable and perhaps even mundane premise. Angie is hunting for the obelisk not because of its mystical connotations, but because she needs to find it to complete her master's thesis. The story starts off slow, building suspense and tension and slowly drawing us in. I don't have a fireplace, but I imagine lying on the couch in front of one would be the best place to enjoy Interlands. It's one of those books that should be savored, rather than devoured.
All in all, I really found myself enjoying this book. I'd recommend it not only to Lovecraftians out there looking for what is essentially a love letter to Providence, but also to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and a lead character you can care about.
The story concerns a young girl's search for an ancient obelisk and lost colonial settlement in the wild forest regions outside Providence. The sense of being alone (maybe) in the deep forests is as unnerving to the reader as it is to the graduate student, and her feeling of mounting dread, even when in the city, is infectious. Throughout the book, the author maintains an unrelenting strain of suspense. The in-depth exploration of her hopes and fears help to set the stage for the arcane events which begin to assail her as she continues her search for the mysterious monolith, a search in which she is not alone, and she eventually learns that the actions of all the searchers are being keenly watched by forces that stay far from the haunts of man, forces that are as ancient as they are deadly.
The modern setting gives the tale the same sort of immediacy found in Lovecraft's tales, but O'Neil takes the daring step of not including any of HPL's witch-haunted locales. It's daring because it's easier to write a weird tale set in Arkham or Innsmouth than it is in Providence of Boston, if only because readers already know what sort of supernatural hijinks goes on there. The author does an admirable job of taking modern Providence and imbuing it with a mantle of antiquity and mystery, in making the reader see beyond the veneer of civilization to the primal chaos beneath. A very satisfying book, both for fans of Lovecraft, and for those who never heard of him.
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I can hardly wait for his next book!