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Last Night at the Blue Alice Paperback – September 18, 2015
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Mehitobel Wilson has been a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and many of her stories have been granted Honorable Mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Recent short stories have appeared in Apex #75, Deep Cuts, Necro Files, Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead, Psychos, and Sins of the Sirens. Selected stories have been collected in Dangerous Red. Visit her at mehitobel.com. She’s been a dog groomer, an industrial painter, a runway model, a belt worker in a factory, a cigarette girl at a movie theater, an audio/visual technician, a Latin tutor, a waitress, and Executive Director of Violent Cussing at an art college. Bel grew up in the backwoods of South Carolina, went to college in St. Paul, and lived for a very long time in Savannah. Now she lives in Kentucky with her fella, and has succeeded in becoming almost fully nocturnal. She loves hella strong tea, pickled everything, baroque music, and Cantonese hip hop.
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By the second interlude I was pretty hooked. I was thoroughly engaged with the characters (both dead and alive) though I might have liked to know a little more about Mollie and what she did outside of "psychopomping" but in hindsight probably best left for another time. I'm pretty satisfied in giving this one a 4.5 and a little round up to a 5 star.
Highly recommended for something a little different.
LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE is a ghost story of sorts, but also so much more than that. It’s a genre busting literary hybrid of quiet horror and dark fantasy like nothing you’ve ever read, penned by an author at the top of the new generation of authors constructing the shape of horror. Mollie, the protagonist, is a psychopomp who has been given a series of assignments she must complete in one night, each designed to prevent the potential haunting of The Blue Alice. I’m not going to say much more about the plot than that. Read the synopsis at the end of this review for a full description of the book. Suffice it to say that each scenario Molly faces would work pretty damn well as a standalone story but works even better as an integral piece in a larger puzzle, all coming together to create an entertaining, engaging and addictive novella. Once I started reading BLUE ALICE the evening was over for me. There was no looking back and no putting the book down until I reached the somewhat hilarious and ultimately satisfying conclusion.
When considering the strengths of LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE, the thing or things that make it work, the difficulty came not in finding them, but in choosing which of a plethora of them I should talk about here. Mehitobel Wilson has a whole arsenal of tools at her disposal and she’s not intimidated by them, instead applying them with the deft hand of a true professional. Here you will find stellar character development, perfect pacing, and a sense of setting that draws you into the story and makes you a part of it, unable and unwilling to extricate yourself until the very end. But the thing, the ONE thing that really sings here is Wilson’s storytelling ability. Her voice is natural and enchanting, causing you to lose yourself in the story in such a way as to forget that you’re reading a story and not actually experiencing it.
LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE is my first experience of Mehitobel Wilson’s work and I have to say I am truly grateful to Necro/Bedlam for sending it to me. Bel Wilson has created a beautiful and haunting story that will stay with me and that I will return to again, maybe more than once. My reading habits normally tend toward much darker, more brutal fiction than BLUE ALICE but I’d recommend it to any avid fan of horror or, for that matter, any fan of damn good literature in general. If you haven’t read Mehitobel Wilson, it’s time to fix that. Check out LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE, then go and find everything else you can by this outstanding author. Her short stories are of a darker and more horrific variety but are easily as well written and engaging as this outstanding novella.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a fantastic sci-fi/ghost story. I enjoyed meeting all the residents of the Blue Alice and learning their stories.
I felt that even though the book was a quick read (I finished in less than 24 hours) that the characters were fleshed out nicely.
My only complaint about this story is that I felt it ended too soon. I hope that the author is considering turning this into a series because I would definitely be interested in reading more.