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The Lure of Devouring Light Paperback – April 30, 2016
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"The Lure of Devouring Light is one of those rare first story collections that defines both the writer and the genre, with stories that linger long after the last page is turned. In a year already full of amazing collections... we feel this is one collection that will remain one of your favorites for years to come."-Bob Pastorella, This is Horror
"The Lure of Devouring Light is a celebration of creativity and transformation... often poignant, frequently terrifying, surreal, and brilliant. Griffin is a stellar wordsmith who approaches his work like the artistry that it is, pouring his sweat, his blood, and his self into every exacting sentence and holding the reader captive from page one to the final, soul stirring, heartrending sentence." -Shane Douglas Keene, Shotgun Logic
"Griffin has a wonderful ability to create realistic images through his words, particularly with his deft use of descriptive language, crafting delicious stories of dark, weird horror. This is a fantastic collection and I highly recommend it."-Adrian Shotbolt, Beavis the Bookhead
"An amazing collection... haunting, evocative, and intelligent in every way, shape, and form. Michael Griffin has achieved something truly stunning with this book that will continue to resonate... a must read for anyone with even a remote interest in genre fiction."-Matthew Summers, Smash Dragons
"Do yourself a favor and get this one fast. It doesn't get more recommended than this."-Brian Sammons, Hellnotes
"Griffin's prose is luminous, lapidary, and evocative. His gift for language is admirable, and his insight into human character is often penetrating and insightful... There is no question that "Diamond Dust" is one of the more powerful weird tales written in this new millennium."-S.T. Joshi, Lovecraft biographer and historian
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Griffin’s tales usually feature only a couple of characters and often these characters are isolated in some way from the real world, sometimes even reality itself. The stories are brooding and often leave the reader wondering what direction they are heading, creating a real sense of mystery and unease. The characters are very human but find themselves in unusual situations. Relationships are examined, often pulled apart and dissected through Griffin’s prose. Many of the stories have a natural theme that runs through them, and after reading about the author at the end of the book I understood why so many of these tales take place in the wilderness, as a reflection of Griffin’s love for the great outdoors.
I love weird fiction. The genre features some truly wonderful writers and this collection pushes all the right buttons for this reader. Griffin has a wonderful ability to create realistic images through his words, particularly with his deft use of descriptive language, crafting delicious stories of dark, weird horror. This is a fantastic collection and I highly recommend it.
Worde Horde is one of the finest publishers of weird fiction. This book should be on every dark fiction fan’s wish list.
I enjoyed all the stories, but I’ll briefly single out two since I rarely divulge story details in a review: I’d heard about “Far From Streets,” but since it was originally released as a limited edition chapbook, I had to wait until Griffin collected it. It was worth the wait. A husband and wife build a cabin on the brink of a vast wilderness and experiment with living off the grid, but to say anything more would give away some of the many reasons to read it. And “The Black Vein Runs Deep,” which is by far the longest piece here. It explores a budding relationship between two protagonists with as much depth as the mine the story is centered around. Creepy and awesome.
The collection works so well as a whole, with real emotions explored with real skill, well-drawn settings and themes that are implemented seamlessly. Griffin finds fresh new ways to look at the weird, to find the horror in everyday life, and to step back and look at the uncaring universe as well.