On a list of the things I hate, from personal experience, camping trips and journeys into Scandinavian forests rank fairly high. Add a male bonding session, and you’ve pretty much got my concept of Hell. Throw in a heady ritualistic atmosphere however, and genuine, life-threatening menace to this mix, and there’s a good outline for a horror novel that I’d certainly green light, were I an editor.
Adam Nevill has chilled many a reader with his earlier two novels, supernatural outings Banquet for the Damned and Apartment 16, and cemented these with a spattering of well-crafted shorts. His ability to set a dreadful scene, lace it with menace and doubting, creeping insanity have been noted. In The Ritual though, he takes a less familiar setting, and sets a pace and tone that’s far more active and ‘in-your-face’. Click here to read more.. »
Banquet for the Damned is Adam Nevill’s debut novel (under his own name, that is – he’s penned a hefty other nine volumes in a different genre under pseudonym) and this work is a welcome addition to the supernatural literary canon. As with the book which followed it, Apartment 16, Nevill crafts a dark and moody world, dripping gothic fantastic and dreadful scenery, with an unkempt and uneasy atmosphere running in parallel which sets the reader comfortably ill-at-ease.
From the off he creates a world in which we, his readers, are often shaken and shocked, but in which our attention follows along on this ride, unbroken. Make no mistake, it’s an at times harrowing ride, but the rich language and skill with which Nevill writes means you’re getting more than your money’s worth out of the whole experience. Click here to read more.. »