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The Underdwelling Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, 2012
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
A petrified world. A prehistoric graveyard. Then a cave-in traps them down there. In the darkness and dank shadows of a fossilized world, they realize they are not alone. With a kid on the way, Boyd needed the job bad. But the idea of going underground at the Hobart Mine, down into the dark labyrinth of tunnels to get at the raw ore, left him with a brooding sense of unease. Maybe it was the fact that his father had died down in the mines or maybe it was something much worse. Digging a new drift down in Level #8, the lowest level of the mine, an immense shaft opens up. Boyd and a few others volunteer to explore it. Some 400 feet down, they find a passage that leads to an immense cavern from prehistory. A petrified world. A prehistoric graveyard. Then a cave-in traps them down there. In the darkness and dank shadows of a fossilized world, they realize they are not alone. Something has woken in the stone. Something ancient and terrible and coldly intelligent. And it is lonely.
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Tim Curran's excellent descriptions add to the creeping unease that slowly builds during the course of this story and doesn't let up.
***SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT***
Here is an example of Mr. Curran's excellent descriptive skills:
"Breed could see something...an eldritch and terrible form given body by the swirling dust. He couldn't be sure how much of it he saw and how much he imagined. It was roughly the size of a man. A semi-visible hunched-over thing, a hazy apparition speckled with dust. It was creeping at them on a dozen spindly legs. He saw reaching arms, an elongated head of undulant tendrils like a nest of writhing, loathsome snakes...and a distorted face: something with clustered pods of eyes".
Tim Curran is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. His descriptive skills are unmatched. I'm looking forward to reading more of his backlist and I'm happy that there are a lot of them!
Recommended for horror fans and especially fans of Lovecraft.
I am a big fan of horror and mystery books, such as, C.J. Box, Steven King, Dean Koontz, Blake Crouch, ect. I just discovered Tim Curran as a similar artist. The Underdwelling is an amazing vivid journey into a forgotten realm. Being a mining buff myself, the mining operation really appealed to me and is pretty accurate of a modern mining operation. The characters are very relate-able. Anyone who has worked in a major industrial-setting has known characters like these men.
Curran does a wonderful job in creating a very spooky scene once the team reaches the hidden chamber. There is a very intense of foreboding as Maki, Boyd, McNair, and Jurgens explore the dark and sealed chamber. The sounds made by the creature, especially the intelligent response to knocking sounds, and mocking of the group's calling one another's names is very creepy. The ending was particularly odd and creepy in Boyd's reaction to his imprisonment and new "relationship".
The entire story is very well written and begins with an intense sense of "something very bad is about to happen", and this carries all the way through in a very effective way, building up to the explosive final part. I do wish it was longer though! I really did enjoy the entire book. I will absolutely look into Curran's other books and likely buy more in the future. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror, mystery, and even fans of fantasy novels.
I've commented in other reviews about Curran's awesome eye for detail and imagery but he also has some great endings, including this one that you'll have to read to find out. This story is a bit more of a slow boil versus action and gorefest that Curran delivers in some tales. The characters are not quite as well defined as in some of his other stories either, but we get enough to get a sense of who's who. Recommended.
This book creeped me out! It started out innocently but the suspense and horror built quickly and I was unable to put it down until the fantastic ending.