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- Print Length: 82 pages
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- Publisher: Apokrupha (July 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0118LII8U
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... not that I speak from experience.
Anyway, those places are always creepy, and they almost always come with an urban legend attached. A ghost, a serial killer, whatever. In Kevin Lucia's Clifton Heights, there's something else waiting our protagonist, and it's arguably his destiny.
The story starts off simply enough in Clifton Heights with our protag, Kevin Ellison, sifting through boxes in preparation to re-open the old bookshop he inherited from his recently deceased father. Books are everywhere, but it's when he and his assistant, Cassie, find one of his own spiral notebooks containing stories from his youth that he's reminded of a fragment of his past when he met a gal named Michelle. From there, we're treated to one of the formative moments in Kevin's life when he meets and becomes infatuated with Michelle, a girl whose past is as hard to pin down as her motives for wanting to hang out with Kevin.
While there is that air of mystery and something looming just beneath the surface or around the corner, as you might come to expect from a Clifton Heights tale, "Old Webb" is a bit more of a nostalgic romp and spotlight on Kevin's path in life and how he might change it now having revisited memories he'd long since buried about that mysterious girl, Michelle, as well as his relationship with his late father.
What it lacks in tension and suspense it makes up for with a wonderful slice of life vibe and a clear affinity for the characters and the backdrop of Clifton Heights. Is it a good gateway drug to convince you to read more stories set in this universe. I reckon so, though readers should be aware that things, as eerie and weird as they might get in this tale, get exponentially weirder in other stories.
". . . It's a well-worn cliche by now: houses, schools . . . (any place occupied by people) are like sponges, soaking up decades' worth of energies, both positive and negative."
This tale takes us back to a summer in Kevin's past, and an event that happened which changed his entire outlook on the future. To tell much more of this story would be giving it away. The beauty lies in Lucia's prose, descriptions, and the inherent emotions expressed by our characters. There is a deeper meaning underlying the words that seeps into our minds as we go along this journey.
". . . Perhaps it was only a small moment in the face of life's panorama, but like so many small moments . . . It changed everything."
A NIGHT AT OLD WEBB is one of the quieter, more introspective stories in this town's history, but one that I feel was just as important and memorable as some of the more "horrific" episodes.
". . . Some things are just better left unknown."
Another great addition to the Clifton Heights legacy! I look forward to many more of these from author Kevin Lucia.