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Rob Errera is many things to many people.
Here’s my official “writer” bio:
Rob Errera has worked as a writer, editor, musician, and literary critic. His fiction, non-fiction, and essays have earned numerous awards, including the First Annual Bloodcurdling Tales of Terror Contest. His work has appeared in Starlog, New York Review of Science Fiction, Cinefantastique, Agony In Black, Wetbones, 2 A.M. Magazine, and Dark Recesses among others. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and a bunch of rescued dogs and cats. His book, Autism Dad: Adventures In Raising An Autistic Son, is available in print and digital format at all major online booksellers. He blogs at roberrera.com, and Tweets at @haikubob.
Some days I’m awesome. Today, I sucked. Tomorrow I will be better.
on July 14, 2012 :
When I picked this story up I wasn't sure what to expect from the description of it. Part pornographic of an extreme kind (though not all that in depth), part horror, all Lovecraftian, this story kept me gripped to the story.
The writing is strong, capturing setting and characters well. It's easy to place oneself within the mind of the main character within the story. You understand the decisions he makes as well as the burden he bears because of those choices. The horror that is the femme fatal he hires is captured well, the innocence as well as the horror of her later on in the storyline.
As for issues with the story, I really don't have a lot except for story elements that seemed to detract from the story, such as the platform Selenan is being carried on being old men. (which is unrealistic given who Errera chose to have them be) That, and a couple other elements pulled me out of the story once or twice.
Yet despite that, this story was really well done and the Lovecraftian element was fresh and interesting. The mythos is mentioned only once, and unlike a lot of other stories, isn't in your face and explained to death.
I recommend this story to anyone who is a fan of Mythos stories, as well as those that are looking for subtle horror.
(reviewed long after purchase)