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The story is well paced and splendidly written.
Not for the squeamish.
‘Lights Out’ is a vampire novel. It’s a vampire novel that doesn’t pull any punches. These vamps don’t have the picture-perfect features, smooth skin or the six pack abs. These vamps pull back the head, slash the throat and drink until the body is dry. Evisceration is the name of the game here, this is the sort of vampire novel I want to read. The novel has a lot going for it; that being the pace, atmosphere and the setting inside the prison. What is worse: Being surrounded by hardened criminals or being hunted by a bloodthirsty vampire? Not an easy decision to make! The prison adds to the already claustrophobic atmosphere and there is a hopelessness that lingers throughout the book. Most of the cast are obviously prisoners, stereotypical on the outside it seems, though Southard presents them in an interesting way; some you will despise, whilst others you may even grow to like and respect. The pacing is fast and furious with barely a breath before the next battle for survival.
‘Lights Out’ doesn’t do anything radical or particularly new with the vampire theme, but that doesn’t matter. I didnt want anything else but to be entertained by a book featuring one of the horror genres most enduring characters. At its heart it is a gory action-packed book that will leave you with a desire to check out more from Nate Southard.
The result is a ridiculously fun read with a few disparate wheels that Southard keeps turning in a way that looks easy. Yes, there are vampires, but we also get a good deal of atmosphere from the prison itself and its inhabitants. There’s gang warfare, corrupt guards, the prison administration that doesn’t want to believe the growing crisis is the result of the supernatural, and the prison’s priest who realizes what’s happening and wants to stop the growing spate of murders.
While the vampires are interesting creatures in their own right – and blessedly ugly, non-sparkling, vicious underground killing machines – there’s enough human drama to occupy the daylight hours and keep the interest level high. Some of the prisoners are downright awful, others less so, and a couple that even earn a begrudging nod of respect and who are fun characters. While they fit certain prison archetypes (the Sicilian mafia boss, the Latin and black gang members, and the hardcore racist Aryan Nation trash), Southard fleshes out these characters well enough that they each, mostly, possess various shades of gray rather than being merely stereotypical cutouts and stand-ins to idle the time in between vampire attacks.
But, this is a vampire novel, straight-up, and one other thing Southard does very well is violence. There’s plenty of gore to go around, from brutal shivings to throat-ripping nastiness that culminate into a wild finale. Fun stuff!
If you’re looking for a dark, gruesome vampire story, this book needs to be on your reading list – it’s good – damn good – and one of the most flat-out enjoyable books I’ve read thus far in 2016.
[Note: This review is based on an advanced copy provided by Sinister Grin Press via Hook of a Book Media and Publicity.]
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