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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.
In this book Kevin Lucia weaves together several small tales. He does this with an expert hand that keeps you guessing what will come next. All of the tales fit perfectly together to give you a sense of a little town named Clifton Heights. It's one of those places where strange supernatural things happen all the time. Everyone knows about it but does not speak about the odd occurrences. The characters are compelling the stories are creepy and very well written. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but by the end of this book I was breathless. Amazing!
I compared the author to a less wordy Stephen King. If you have ever read any of his books, you know what I mean.
I read parts of this book as short stories (and I read them out of order but this only emphasized a Lovecraftian influence). This is a collection of short stories uniquely linked to develop an entire town that is, more or less, possessed.
Like many horror movie sagas, this book left me with many questions while the answers are only vaguely hinted at, leaving this world wide open for a second (and third and fourth) installment.
Which brings me to my next point. I know Lucia credits the Twilight Zone for inspiration and I see it -the book invites me into another world that's slipping into another world- but I was reminded strongly of Stephen King's Maine, probably because many of the "short stories" have a strong horror slant.
I'm ready for those future installments of Lucia's world. I want to see what happens in Clifton Heights
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That's weird because I thoroughly lost interest by page 14.