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- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sinister Horror Company (June 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZM10MUU
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a dangerous woman who could give Annie Wilkes of MISERY fame a run for her money. And
Park expertly plays with a non-linear narrative, in PULP FICTION style, to heighten and deepen
the surprises of the story. A shock ending that really shocks, in my opinion, and a work of surprising
emotional resonance. Downright haunting, in fact. About as extreme as it gets, but UPON WAKING
is an authentic masterpiece of the hardcore horror field.
I had already read a couple of write ups from some reviewers on this book, (reviews work you know) so followed their advice and prepared myself both mentally and physically.. (cup of tea at the ready) So was I sufficiently prepared? Kind of...
Although I knew that it was going to be an extreme piece of fiction, there are parts that I don't think anyone can really be fully prepared for. It took me just over an hour to read it, an enthralling, nail biting, adrenaline and terror filled hour.
When Gary Brown's son; Henry goes missing, he approaches a private investigator, Kathryn, an ex-police offer to try to locate him. Through her contacts, she manages to trace his last known mobile phone signal to a quiet street, where she stumbles upon the main character in this story - Cassandra Brown. A woman that is seemingly living a normal, quiet life in a middle class, suburban neighbourhood.
Cassie is an extremely large, powerful woman, with an immaculately clean house; it seems that she has quite an obsession for cleaning. The aspect of the story shifts, as other characters find themselves waking up in various rooms around her house. This is dealt with in the form of each of their aspects being played out as an independent chapter. A relatively simple concept in itself, until the story begins to unfold, and the madness really begins.
I'm going to leave it there with the description to save any spoilers. What I will add, is that this book really manages to catch the reader off guard. You get the first impression of Cassie as a normal woman living a normal life, you sense that something isn't quite as it seems, (its the horror genre) however you can't put your finger on what until things start to.. happen.
When they do begin to happen, expect absolutely horrific scenes, that even the most hardened of readers will find shocking. I mean really, its absolutely intense and handled in a way that you actually find yourself willing for these poor people. Yes its gratuitous, but its also befitting to the story. It kind of ambles along at a steady pace, but then we get hit with another brutal moment without any prior notification. However, it's all addressed and justified by the creation of Cassie. She is a truly despicable person, totally devoid of remorse or empathy. Her actions are totally self centred, sadistic and psychotic, she's not a person that you would like to meet, yet the truly terrifying part is that it's feasible that you actually could.
The book is well written, there are no confusing plot lines or unnecessary twists. Its a short, severe tale that may leave you like you have been hit around the head by a professional boxer. Yes, there are extreme scenes, two in particular will be enough to make a man's eyes water, but this is horror, and they're written well enough to shock without being gore porn.
I've gotta admit, I really enjoyed it. Once I picked it up, I didn't put it down. It was depraved, and in some people's eyes, wrong, but I love that in a book.
Again, a warning that this book isn't for everyone, please be aware that there are parts that can shock. If you are fine with that, prepare yourself for one hell of a powerful read.
My rating 5/5
I will be reading more work from this author.
So I have only read one other thing by Mr Park and that was his short story Clandestine Delights which appeared in the anthology The Black Room Manuscripts, again from The Sinister Horror Company. You can read my review of that little beauty here.
I quite liked it but found it a bit weird at the time. I had been looking forward to reading this one because he is the last third of The Sinister Horror Company that I have to read. Plus, there has been a lot of hype about this one so I couldn’t wait to read it. I hoped it wasn’t going to be the same sort of weird, and would be something different.
Boy was I in for a surprise!
Chris is getting ready for a date with a girl he met online. He has never met her face to face before. He goes to the date and the next thing he knows, he wakes up in a strange house, being helped by Cassandra. It looks like he has been mugged.
He is not alone though. There are a lot of people waking up confused in Cassandra’s house.
I normally follow a rough agenda when I do reviews. I start by telling you something about the characters. Not in this one. Chris and Cassandra are all your getting. There is a list of characters but to tell you anything about them would give stuff away and I don’t want to do that.
I then normally follow on to the plot. Nope. Not doing that either. To tell you anything of what goes on in this storyline would spoil your fun and surprises.
So what am I going to tell you in this review? Do not eat while reading it. Set aside enough time to read it in one go because you will not want to put it down. If you are male: you know the way in films when an operation is needed and the victim is miles from anywhere and they give him some strangers belt to bite down on to save him biting his own tongue off? Yeah, keep a belt handy. You will want something to bite down on.
Eh…..wow. I have had this for a while. Why didn’t I read it straight away? I had a feeling about it. I need to listen to those feelings. This is so far removed from Mr Park’s story in The Black Room Manuscripts that you would be excused for thinking they had been written by two different people. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is equally as good in both. In fact, good is probably a lame word to use. The writing in Upon Waking is superb. Sublime. Spectacular. Painful?
Yeah it’s painful to read some of the stuff in this book. Again there is so much I want to tell you about what happens but I would slap myself later if I did. It is bloody. It is gory. It has one of the most unassuming villains you will probably ever meet. By that, I mean if you passed them in the street, you would think they were a dork, not a killer. A feckin sadistic killer at that. Probably one of the worst I have read about. Some of their methods of torture and murder are things that most killers could only fantasise about. Brutal. Bloody. They will bring tears to your eyes (don’t forget the belt men!)
Justin Park needs help. I can’t think of any other way of putting it. The part of his mind that this story came from must be one of the darkest darkest places in the universe. His writing however, is just wonderful. This story is full of surprises but it is written in such a way that even the surprises are surprised by themselves. It is done in a wonderfully nonchalant way. It just moseys along at, not a hundred miles an hour but a steady pace that most books like this couldn’t pull off. It’s almost calm. Nothing to see here folks. Move along. But it isn’t. It is absolutely horrific in the most horrific of ways.
I sicked in my own mouth more than once. Tears were running down my face more than once at the thought of some of the injuries. But – I can’t believe I’m going to say this – it wasn’t gratuitous. It was perfect for the story. Perfectly horrifically gory, brutal and bloody but perfect all the same.
I realise I probably haven’t told you very much about this book in this review. I hope you get some sort of feeling for it though. I can’t tell you details of the story without giving it away. Trust me, I want to keep saying “and the bit where…..” but I won’t.
I absolutely loved this story.
Highest possible recommendation. I seem to say that a lot about these Sinister Horror guys.
To summarise: not telling you here either. Just buy the thing! Don’t forget the belt men!
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