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Nancy A. Collins has authored over 20 novels and novellas, numerous short stories, and worked on several comic books, including a two-year run on Swamp Thing. She is a recipient of the HWA’s Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, which heralded the rise of the popular Urban Fantasy genre, her works include the best-selling Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults. Her most recent novel is MAGIC AND LOSS, the third installment in the critically-acclaimed Golgotham urban fantasy series. She is currently the writer for Dynamite Comics' VAMPIRELLA series.
on July 07, 2012 :
Overall not a bad story. The setting was a new one for a Lovecraftian story, and a refreshing one. The writing for this story is strong and though there are a few issues with pacing, the story flows fairly well.
The Lovecraftian elements of the story worked well when they were half hidden and hinted at. Unfortunatly Collins ends up revealing a large amount of the history behind the creature where the story would have worked better with the opposite. As mentioned, the pacing was a little start and stop throughout the story, with parts of it flowing well and others, like Billy's prison sentence, halting a lot of the story's forward momentum.
In the end though, except for the above mentioned, and things that left me wondering (a library of occult and forbidden texts in the prison library???), the story itself was enjoyable and one I may read again later. For Lovecraft fans, I recommend this story. For people looking for a horror story, the elements of horror in this one aren't half bad. Definatly worth the price I got it for on Smashwords.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)