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Alan Kelly weighs in on a pair of recent releases.
HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS
Riffing on Peter Weir’s 1975 mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock and blending elements of hag horror with the killer-doll trope, Adam Nevill’s fourth novel, House of Small Shadows, is a far more self-contained and playful story than the author’s previous efforts, while still managing to maintain his signature grim tone throughout.
[Alan Kelly dusts off Hell’s Shelves for the column’s first installment of 2013. To win a copy of the featured book, check out the contest at the end of the post!]
Later this month, Jo Fletcher Books will publish celebrated poet and playwright Naomi Foyle’s daring debut cyberchiller Seoul Survivors. It’s a novel that manages to transcend the boundaries of sci-fi, noir, erotica and horror – often to dizzying, vertiginous, terrifyingly transgressive effect – while remaining faithful to both its cyberpunk roots and alt-cult literary heritage.
In the neon-soaked, ultra-violent, sexually charged and technologically advanced near-future cityscape of Seoul, a trio of characters – Canadian good-time girl turned model Sydney, British drug-smuggling drifter Damien and North Korean village girl Mee Hee – are about to discover the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. With an asteroid strike imminent, London decimated by nuclear terrorism and nowhere left to run, bioengineer Dr. Kim – a Tarantino-worthy glamour cat of a villain – extends an invitation to Sydney and Damien: become the King and Queen of her gaming park Virtuworld and help her create a new breed of human beings, a community that will rebuild in the aftermath of Lucifer’s Comet…
[Welcome to Rue Morgue's newest column, Hell's Shelves. Novelist and journalist Alan Kelly will use his hard-won chunk of our unreal estate to explore the best in genre fiction, from the small-press to the experimental to the mainstream. In the first installment, Alan chats up Lauren Beukes, author of Moxyland and Zoo City.]
If South African writer Lauren Beukes hasn’t already attracted a cult following with her debut novel Moxyland, she is sure to score a big hit with her follow-up Zoo City. A book with all the hardboiled trappings of Mickey Spillane spliced with the deadly, ethereal edge of Caitlín R. Kiernan and the socio-political bent of Margaret Atwood, Zoo City is a genre-defying, post-modern gallimaufry of shamanism, spiritual familiars, guilt, redemption and social isolation, packaged with more than enough violent grit and eye-watering shocks to appeal to even the most jaded of horror aficionados.