Fresh from inking his acclaimed genre-spanning hybrid The World House and its sequel Restoration comes Guy Adams, with this latest Sherlock Holmes offering from Titan Books. The Breath of God is an ambitious attempt to evoke the supernatural elements in ways that Conan Doyle never would’ve dared with his Holmes books. One might argue though that The Hound of the Baskervilles certainly came close, in spirit at least, before its paranormal aspects were debunked by Holmes.
Whereas that book drew out its spooky themes until fairly late in the book, ultimately revoking their air of mystery in a burst of Holmes-based reasoning, logic and common-sense deduction, The Breath of God takes a quite different approach. In Adams’ novel it’s a case of Holmes declaring logic and reasoning as ultimate, as rip-roaring demonic outbursts and otherworldly-inspired goings on would seem to contradict him at every turn. Click here to read more.. »
Bag of Bones, a 1998 horror novel by genre emperor Stephen King, is in some ways a typical book for its author. It’s got extremely strong characterisations backed with a rich weft of story-telling. There’re also multi-plot sequences spuriously kicking off alongside, but not necessarily synchronously to, one another atop a freaky picket-fence township and paranormally-infused Maine, New England setting.
The style of its opening is as trademark to King as furtive glances from diminutive clusters of pale-green skinned, atavistically challenged web-toed sea-shanty dwellers are to Lovecraft. We get to know our narrator via a touching retelling of the events surrounding his wife’s death some years prior to the main events of the book, and along with that a cavalcade of other innocuous, irrelevant, minor, major and crucial players in this story are marched out into the narrative. Click here to read more.. »
Julie Hitchinson’s life is torn apart when her husband Hut is murdered in what is a suspected serial killing. Almost immediately, patterns relating to the manner of his demise begin to rise to the surface in a manner clouded in enigmatic mystery.
Julie soon begins to question her grasp on reality, as well as her own sanity, as she begins to delve into her surroundings to try and piece together an answer for the strange things that have been occurring. Enlisting help in the form of a TV psychic, she sets off to unravel links between a long abandoned private psychical research centre named Daylight, and its place at the heart of the recent disruptions and turbulent strangeness in her life. Click here to read more.. »
Sir Charles Baskerville’s corpse is found in the grounds of his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall, and despite a public inquest clearing up certain rumours regarding his death, certain private facts pertaining to the death are withheld.
These circumstances are revealed to famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes by Dr Mortimer, a troubled friend of the recently deceased. Concerned at raising the grim historical reputation that surrounds Baskerville Hall, not to mention discarding his closely held scientific investigative principles in the face of proper evidence, he has chosen Holmes as a confidant in the matter in the hope that he can elude to certain unexplained, possibly paranormal possibilities in the case.
Legend and local superstition has it that a demonic hound stalks the moors surrounding the area and the insinuation (backed by some evidence) is that such hound is responsible for chasing down Sir Charles and terrifying him to death. There is also concern that a similar fate may befall his heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, who has received an anonymous note warning him to stay away from the moor if he values his life. Watson is sent ahead to investigate the goings on alongside Dr. Mortimer and Sir Henry, and soon discovers further mystery and hints at evil along the way. Click here to read more.. »