- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: ChiZine (Feb. 13 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 177148201X
- ISBN-13: 978-1771482011
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #884,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gemma Files is the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the Black Quill Award. She has been nominated for the Lambda, the Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Awards.
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The characters are monsters, as the back of the book states, but have very human motivations. Almost all of them, like 99%, do horrible things, but you get why they do them. You understand what they want because these are base human desires. To get revenge, to feel safe, to find belonging, to have peace, to feel loved, to protect those you love, and many others. It shows the true strength of a writer when they can make you sympathize with, or at least understand, people who do terrible things.
The characters are also just fun. They're clever, complex, and sometimes downright terrifying. I know a particular character will always remain a fixture in my mind because she was equal parts interesting and terrifying. For those who've read it, one word: red.
The writing itself drips with gross, creepy horror. The description is so vivid, so entrancing, that you get lost in it. I could see the story play out in my mind the entire time I read it. She also gives enough character description to give you an idea of what the characters look like but also let you use your imagination. I've read many of this authors books and they all share this same strength.
Another plus: This story is not in chronological order. So you'll see a character in one story, then they'll show up later and you'll find out what happened to them, or what they did in the past, or who they are. Gives you a lot of fun "aha!" moments.
If you get hooked on this story, like me, I recommend reading it twice in total. Once in the way it's structured, and again in chronological
order. It's really interesting and gives you a chance to re-experience these characters.
Again, this isn't an easy read. Gemma Files never is. She makes you really work. You gotta pay attention to every word, because the devil is always in the details. And maybe you'll feel the need to do your own research. I know I did. But if you can deal with that, then give this book a read. It's a trip through magic, mystery, and betrayal. If not, I get it. Files isn't for everyone. Either way, I love this book. Hope others out there will too.
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Files's work is obviously well-researched and skillfully shifts between locales and time periods (Toronto and northern Ontario to Scotland in centuries past), and the character voices are accurate and credible. It helps to know that this author is an International Horror Guild award-winner, a Shirley Jackson award nominee, and has twice been included in the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror compilation, so it's not that the writing/storytelling is lacking in any way--it's just that this may not be everybody's cup of tea.
I've read the author's work in other collections, and this is largely comprised of pieces published elsewhere, so it's not a novel per se; if you need the same story with the same characters all the way through, you'll be dissatisfied. But there's enough of a common thread of shared characters to make this hang together cohesively.
I found this collection after reading a review on the NPR.org website, so that further supports the argument that a YA label isn't appropriate.