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Through a Mirror, Darkly (The Clifton Heights Saga Book 2) by [Lucia, Kevin]
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"Kevin Lucia writes my favorite kind of horror, the kind not enough folks are writing anymore." - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.

"Through a Mirror, Darkly serves as Kevin Lucia's early-warning system to the horror field - Brace yourselves, folks." - Gary Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winner of To Each Their Darkness, Destinations Unknown, and the forthcoming A Cracked and Broken Path.

"Literate and stylish, yet fast-paced and accessible, Through a Mirror, Darkly is a thoroughly engrossing read. Kevin Lucia is a major new voice in the horror genre." - Jonathan Janz , author of The Nightmare Girl.

" Through a Mirror, Darkly earns Kevin Lucia a literary place alongside these enduring philosophical horror crafters." - Mort Castle

"He is a skillful guide through Clifton Heights, telling tales of mystery and horror in a town where dark secrets and ancient evils lurk to prey upon those who read Through a Mirror, Darkly." - Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist.

"With Through a Mirror, Darkly, Kevin Lucia proves once again that it's only a matter of time before he's one of the genre's biggest names." - James Newman, author of The Wicked and Animosity.

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  • File Size: 4390 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (June 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y348FU6
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So kind for the town of Clifton Heights to welcome me back, with open arms. And it's good to be back. As "Through a Mirror, Darkly" is a highly enjoyable read, and probably the most engaged I've been during a Kevin Lucia book. Either he is honing his craft to a razor's edge or he has found a way to tap directly into my subconscious to learn what makes me squirm.

TaMD follows in the footsteps of "Devourer of Souls" (also pretty fantastic) & "Things Slip Through" (which I haven't yet read), depicting shadows from the same small town with familiar locales and recognizable inhabitants. It's almost like returning home, to a questionable family.

All four novellas, and the accompanying wrap-around story, ooze a thick atmosphere. With each page you are experiencing the dread and the menace along with the cast of fully rendered characters. Well written, highly addicting and instantly accessible. TaMD was difficult to put down when life was pulling me away from my kindle. This is definitely the kind of book that makes you, the reader, yearn for the companion of a dark and stormy night.

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*I read a review copy, these are my honest thougSo kind for the town of Clifton Heights to welcome me back, with open arms. And it's good to be back. As "Through a Mirror, Darkly" is a highly enjoyable read, and probably the most engaged I've been during a Kevin Lucia book. Either he is honing his craft to a razor's edge or he has found a way to tap directly into my subconscious to learn what makes me squirm.
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When the owner of Arcane Delights, a rare and used bookstore, uncovers a mysterious journal, he learns some dark secrets about his hometown of Clifton Heights.
Much like Charles L. Grant's The Orchard, this collection of four novellas disguised as a novel by the wrap-around story of Arcane Delights.
And the similarity does not end there. For Clifton Heights shares "unreal estate" with Grant's Oxrun Station, another small town where shadows lurk.
Lucia writes the same quiet, lingering horror that Grant was the master of, and he does the master proud here. And if that wasn't enough, he also invokes Robert W. Chambers' King in Yellow, creating a heady concoction of the cosmic and the quiet that is nothing short of brilliant.
Subtle and disturbing, these tales will haunt your dreams for many nights to come.

Highest possible recommendation. I plan on reading everything Mr. Lucia writes. Clifton Heights is calling, and I find I must return.

Join me.
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Clifton Heights reminds me of the town's Steve King used to write about. Derry and Castle Rock are town's and stories that I go back and revisit every few years. All of Mr. Lucia's stories have that eerie feel to them and I know I'll visit them and the people many more times. I love these stories, they're like little snapshots of a much, much bigger picture and I'm hoping that somewhere along the way Kevin will write a full story about this town and some of its people coming together and fighting this evil. I'm in no hurry though, as I'm really enjoying these little pieces of the puzzle! Yep, I'd recommend these stories and author.
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I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Kevin Lucia has done it again! When I read his novel Things Slip Through I was hooked. Now in Through A Mirror, Darkly he takes us back to the town of Clifton Heights, a place with more than it's fair share of secrets and oddities. The stories found here are captivating. Kevin Lucia is a master storyteller who takes the ordinary and twists it until it is dark and at times terrifying. All of the stories in this collection are wonderfully entertaining. Some are scary while others are filled with a haunting sadness that stays with you long after you finish this book. My two favorites in this collection were Admit One & And I Watered It, With Tears. Both deal with love and loss but in very different and somewhat horrifying ways. So come visit Clifton Heights, but be careful, because some things are not what they seem. A fabulous 4.5 star read.
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THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY is a collection of four tales, bookended by scenes in the Arcane Delights bookstore. The Arcane Delights has recently been taken over by Kevin Ellison, whose father had owned it before his decline into Alzheimer's. Renovating the shop after a flood had hit their town of Clifton Hights, Kevin's part-time assistant, Cassie Tillman informs him of recent book deliveries--among them, a plain box that was deposited on his desk, without any clue as to where it came from.

When Kevin opens a "journal" of sorts, he has no idea of what he is getting into. Within this journal are the 4 stories presented--each tale taking place in Clifton Hights, and each blending into one another in some way. The beginning and ending at the bookshop brings everything around full-circle, and is so expertly handled, that I didn't even realize all of the connections until AFTER I had finished the entire book.

"Suffer the Children Come Unto Me" is a tale of Father Ward, and centers around mysterious children, sacrifices, and an old school bus that simply doesn't belong in the here and now....

"Yellow Cab" had a distinct Lovecraftian feel to it, for me. The story of a boy who had everything going for him, and how he ended up driving a yellow cab, with passengers that only get off at "particular" destinations. His story is particularly gripping, especially when we see how he comes into his new position.

"Admit One" seemed to be almost an "unselfish love story" built into a much larger picture. This one was very emotive and poignant in the end. It was beautifully, almost poetically written, and the feelings transcribed really jumped off the page.
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