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- Publisher: Nightscape Press; 1st edition (December 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008E6QX3U
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Top Customer Reviews
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A Requiem For Dead Flies is not a horror story about a bunch of dead flies, or even one dead fly for that matter, though they do figure into the plot. They are used as props for the most part and done so masterfully; the author managing to provoke both disgust and horror quite effectively with their presence. Requiem for Dead Flies is a ghost story, and hot damn, it's a good one.
Lester and Gordon MacAuley are siblings with divergent and distinct personalities. Lester has to work hard for what he wants and he's made emotional sacrifices along the way. On the other hand things came a little too easy for Gordon and as a result he's become very laid back and doesn't take life all that seriously. Recently, Gordon has come up with a scheme to make bourbon and he asks Lester to give up a summer teaching job to assist him. Out of character, Lester agrees, and then they head up to their deceased grandmothers farm to set up the still. That's when the nightmares, both waking and sleeping, begin.
When they were kids, Lester and Gordon were sent to their grandmother's farm when their mother had a miscarriage. What no one at the time realized was that grandma had Alzheimer's and that she was slowly settling into dementia. Left alone with her, the boy's uneasiness turns to horror when she starts spelling out words with dead flies on the kitchen table and then talking to them. Not too long after, something really bad happened to Lester at his grandmother's hands in her basement; something he could never tell Gordon or anyone else about.
Now the two are back at the farm, gearing up to produce bourbon and they find their memories are coming back to haunt them. They soon come to realize that it might just be more than their memories that are haunting them. A radio turns on by itself, strange voices are heard, an animal is mauled on top of the family burial plots, and dead flies are once again spelling out words. Secrets best left buried are discovered, and eventually, blood begins to flow.
Dudar does one heck of a job keeping the reader in suspense and he is always one step ahead of the reader. Just when you think A Requiem For Dead Flies is veering into familiar territory the author steers the story hard to the left, and you find yourself not only delighted by the turn of evens but even more engrossed by the mystery of the story.
The pacing of the story is almost perfect. While Dudar is in no hurry to tell his tale, he moves the plot along in a way that always keeps the suspense close to the surface; it never gets buried in minutia or boring bouts of self examination. The fact is, the author manages to keep the creepiness factor high throughout the tale, and yes, the dead flies do have a lot to do with this.
It's not often you find new author's that make a great first impression but I'd be surprised if Peter Dudar fails to do so with any reader. With its combination of psychological and supernatural terror, A Requiem For Dead Flies should please all discriminating fans of horror and speculative fiction.
No, it's not a seat-of-your-pants read. It's thoughtful, immersive, and the author does a marvelous job of building tension with a slow crawl that leaves the reader blinking at the epilogue in the wee hours of the morning. If you like creepy psychological horror, check it out.