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More conventional than Threshold (2001), Kiernan's atmospheric tale of cosmic terror, this horror thriller brings back psychic sensitive Deacon Silvey and paleontologist Chance Matthews, now married and expecting their first child. Deke reluctantly applies his psychometric skills at a crime scene and has a vision of an inhuman killer. About the same time, Chance begins hallucinating bleeding stigmata. The ominous significance of these portents come as no surprise to the reader, who has already been introduced, through intercut scenes, to serial murderess Narcissa Snow, a woman of seemingly supernatural pedigree who has fixated on Deke and Chance's unborn child as a blood offering to her gods. The novel unfolds in fast-paced chase sequences, first with Narcissa cutting a bloody swath to the Silvey home, and then with Deke pursuing Narcissa after she's abducted Chance to the place of sacrifice. The author tends to overdo the talk and action, though fortunately not at the expense of her effective evocations of the supernatural. Narcissa is a creature "snared between the unseeing world of men and the unseen world of monsters," and as she pulls characters into her sphere, they experience unsettling glimpses of horrors that lurk just beyond the borders of the ordinary. Vividly described, these moments give the novel unusual power, and make it a memorable expansion of the author's unique fictional universe.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I've been an avid reader of Caitlin Kiernan's work since her first novel SILK, but LOW RED MOON surpasses everything she's done previously. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Sara Lockheart
C R. K's sentences wiggle into your brain like big juicy worms through rich soil. There are images within LRM that gnaw with sharp teeth. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by TEC
I tried to take my time and savor this book. The writing is lucid and streamlined, easier to get lost in than some of Caitlin's other writing (for whatever that's worth). Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003
Low Red Moon shows us a writer at the top of her game. Caitlin Kiernan has written consistently high quality books, but here she surpasses all expectation. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by christian praxis
Bone, gristle and blood. That is all that Ms. Kiernan has put into this book. Which is why you should eagerly pour your hard-earned into it as soon as inhumanly possible. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by dethbird
Caitlin R. Kiernan is a writer whose gift of words often leaves me breathless in both wonder of her skill and envious hope that I could one day possess even half of her poetic... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by David Lemoine
I think this book is amazing. I couldn't have imagined a better sequel to Threshold, even though the ending left me feeling unsettled, which is good. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Hayley Huston
He's a gifted psychic who gave the police the break they needed to find Mary English, a serial killer who killed fourteen children. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Harriet Klausner