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". . . Truth. It's a precious commodity. Especially between friends . . . The problem, however, lies in how much truth do we share? . . . "
It falls upon Gavin (also a writer) to meet Chris at the Skylark Diner. There, he presents to his friend a journal that he keeps, chronicling the "unsolved" crimes and disappearances in Clifton Heights.
What I loved the most about this collection is not only how the stories are entwined within the framework of Chris and Gavin's talk, but how many of the individual tales cross over into others, connecting them all as if with an invisible thread. In Gavin's own story, "Way Station", he eludes to the town as: ". . . An in-between place. A crack between the worlds. A way station, of sorts . . . a place where strange, unexplainable . . . often violent things happen."
One of the most telling of the tales, in my opinion, is "The Sliding", chronicling a young Ward, Gavin, and Fitzy trespassing in the local "haunted house"--Bassler House, a key focal point--along with all of Bassler Road--in many of these stories.
". . . maybe there's an opening or a rift on the quantum level . . . "
Other personal favorite tales of mine include, "On a Midnight Black Chessie", "Lament", and "A Brother's Keeper". While these stories clearly define the town of Clifton Heights, along with the resignation and acceptance that its residents show, Chris will learn simply that he has been "called" to this town--a "Guardian" of some sort, without actually knowing what it is he's being called to do.
". . . Every decision creates ripples. Every ripple changes things . . . "
An incredible collection that left me wanting to read more about this strange town and its inhabitants. Lucia leaves off whetting the readers' appetites for more. Regarding Clifton Heights itself: " . . . As for haunted . . . Depends on your definition of the word."
Gavin, once a published author and now unofficial keeper of the town's dark secrets, invites the sheriff to the Skylark Diner, where what he seeks will be revealed in the pages of a journal.
The sheriff will get his answer tonight.....that there are some things in this world you can't explain.
A brilliant collection of tales, forged into a single, and singular work of quiet horror, stories within stories expand outward, offering answers that invite the questions that will keep readers up long into the night.
Lucia's writing is pitch perfect. Masterfully creepy and subtle, his portrait of a small town, both the good and the bad, is spot-on, laying a solid foundation of reality for the otherness that lurks in the shadows.
Highest possible recommendation.
The newcomer to town is widowed dad Chris, a local law enforcement officer who really wants to do right by the citizens he’s sworn to protect and serve. It gets frustrating, though, when there’s all this hidden mystery and behind the scenes stuff nobody will tell him about.
Finally, having had enough, he slaps down an ultimatum to his poker night pals – also prominent people in Clifton Heights: a teacher, a doctor, a priest. If he’s going to be able to do his job, he tells them, then he needs some answers. He needs to understand.
So, the writer among them presents him with a series of manuscripts, supposedly the truth behind several recent, peculiar, unsolved or unsatisfactorily-solved cases. The more Chris reads, the more he finds himself reluctantly drawn toward belief.
The stories may start out with more ordinary scandals of racism, harassment, murder, and revenge … but they swiftly take darker, stranger turns. Stories with inexplicable disappearances, supernatural overtones, entities, hauntings, and monstrous magic.
Each on its own works well; strung together this way, like weird but beautiful beads, the result is all the more fascinating. Really neatly done. And the first in an ongoing series, as the mysteries and mythology of Clifton Heights continue to unfold.
Kevin has written a wonderful tale, one I won't forget any time soon. If you are thinking about buying this story, do so now and don't look back. There are murders, monsters, other-worldly things that go bump in the night, other dimensions and parallel universes. There are gods and demons. You really cannot go wrong.
I've read Kevin's work before, a long time ago, and I liked it then. Still, this is on a whole other level. Kevin's writing is amazing. Give it a shot.
This is a series, and one I will be reading more than once. I took a chance on him long ago, and I am glad I did. You should too.
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That's weird because I thoroughly lost interest by page 14.