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review 2017-03-11 21:36
Bah
The Horror at Red Hook (Horror Classics) - H.P. Lovecraft,Joust Books

This is going to be short. This story was terrible and it has Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia on full display. I think if he could have torched New York and wiped it clean of those he saw as inferior he would have.

 

The Horror at Red Hook tells a story taking place in the 1920s with a New York police detective named Thomas Malone. Malone is left disturbed by an incident that left several people dead.

 

Lovecraft then works backwards telling how a rich and eccentric old man named Robert Suydam. Suydam ends up buying property in Red Hook and people are disappearing. The police believe something nefarious is happening, but can't prove it. And then suddenly Suydam seems to be slowly reverse aging and marries a young 20 year old distant relative of his.

 

The story jumps around too much to really get a handle on the story. Lovecraft doesn't include the Chulthu mythos at all. Instead it seems to be about human sacrifice and Lilith. I don't get what caused Suydam to be turned against unless that was the plan all along. And the ending with Malone being buried after falling into another portal and witnessing what Suydam was up to was pretty lame. The story honestly put me to sleep for a few minutes and I was not happy when I woke up and realized I still want done right this story. It is short though and I finished in it about 25 minutes (nap included). 

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text 2017-03-11 20:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Horror at Red Hook (Horror Classics) - H.P. Lovecraft,Joust Books

Yeah I still don't like Lovecraft, but I wanted to read the source material that inspired Victor LaValle.

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review 2016-10-19 18:05
Black January by Douglas Wynne
Black January: A Spectra Files Novel - Douglas Wynne

 

Since the Starry Wisdom Church tried to unleash the Old Gods in the city of Boston 2 years ago, things have been quiet for Becca. Unfortunately, a portal through which the Old Ones could come through is currently being tinkered with, and Becca, as well as a team from SPECTRA, (a mysterious government agency), are being called in to prevent said portal from being opened. This doorway is centered inside Wade House, wherein Becca's father has disappeared. Outside Wade House, black snow is falling.

 

(This book takes place in the same world as Red Equinox, by the same author. One does not have to have read RE to understand Black January, but it certainly would enhance the reader's understanding of the story.)

 

Wade House is an extraordinary property. Reminding me of House of Leaves and Hill House both, the angles are all off. A room that looks one way when you pass through it, may look entirely different when you pass through it on the way back. In fact, it may no longer even lead you back from whence you came at all. If Becca's father is lost there, how will they ever find him and more importantly, how can they seal these doorways so that nothing is ever allowed to enter our world? You'll have to read this book to find out.

 

The house and the Old Ones were my favorite parts of this book. I love stories about mysterious houses with dark pasts, mirrors that are gateways, and pianos that, when a certain tune is played, have lids that open onto hell itself. What horror fan wouldn't like that? As some of these portals and doorways do briefly open, the reader gets a glimpse not only of Lovecraft's Old Ones, but Wynne's Old Ones- in all of their "drive you to the brink of madness itself" glory. Wynne makes these Gods his own-they are memorable, evil and timeless.

 

Black January was a blast from start to finish. It's imaginative, creative, fast paced and overall just plain FUN! I highly recommend it for fans of Lovecraft and the Great Old Ones. I also think that fans of House of Leaves would get a kick out of this highly entertaining novel.

 

Available now, here: Black January: A Spectra Files Novel

 

*An eARC was provided to me by the author, in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2016-08-17 09:47
Letting the Demons Out review
Letting The Demons Out - Ray Wallace

Ray Wallace is one of my favourite indie horror authors who consistently manages to impress me with his quality prose and disturbing imagination. Letting the Demons Out is no exception to these rules, as he gathers 16 of his short works of fiction into this collection.

Most are straight out horror, with a number being Lovecraftian in theme. Most of these are excellent, with the particular standout being the opener, One of the Six; though I was less enamoured with The Thing Within. Other highlights include the titular Letting the Demons Out, It Came From the Swimming Pool and A Dream of an Endless Highway. A set of still other tales derive from and are set within the world of his vampire novel, The Nameless. I opted to only read the first of these as I've yet to consume The Nameless, so I can't speak to all of them, but suffice to say, my interest has been piqued to get my hands on the novel sooner rather than later.

If imaginative horror fiction with occasional sci-fi and comedic tones is up your alley, I strongly recommend you seeking this one out. Wallace has again delivered, this time on the smaller, short-story scale.

4 Laughing Appendages for Letting the Demons Out.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1357351716
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review 2016-04-13 13:46
The Abyss Above Us - Half a Book review
The Abyss Above Us - Ryan Notch

The first part of a two part book series, The Abyss Above Us represents an effort to bring elements of Lovecraftian horror into the technological age as a computer system expert uncovers something evil manipulating a powerful telescope for unknown purposes.

Ryan Notch certainly seems to have pinned down the tech side of what is presented in this novella. It most definitely read authentically, insofar as his main character seems to know what he is talking about. However, the structure of The Abyss Above Us is all over the place. Most of the horror takes place off page and is only referred to by one character telling another about it; a small group of characters is established in the first half of the book, and then suddenly, a whole new group of characters are introduced half way through, who, at the end point of this book, have only barely begun to circle the major thread peripherally; and, worse, those characters seem to drone on about their love life for a full third of the page count.

Quite simply, if I wanted to read about good looking twenty-somethings gushing over one another and pining about "the one they can't have", I'd tune in to Melrose Place re-runs. I certainly wouldn't be picking up a horror novella that seemed to have a good angle on a classic horror concept.

And the ending was painful. Truly painful. Like end of Season 6 The Walking Dead painful. I enjoy a cliffhanger as much as the next person when it is handled appropriately. But when a book fails to close or satisfy any single narrative arc within its page count - so it seems like an original manuscript was simply ripped approximately in two - that comes across less like a cliffhanger and more like someone wanting to make double the money for the same amount of work.

2 Mysteriously Hidden Offices for The Abyss Above Us.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/901767155
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