Author Interview – Gary McMahon

Posted on 4th July 2011 in Features

Gary McMahon’s 2010 horror-thriller Pretty Little Dead Things raised the bar for supernatural fiction with its spooky spin on the traditional private investigator role. Its protaganist, Thomas Usher, and the haunted, tortured quest upon which he’s thrust combined to create a powerful read. A recent BFS Fantasy Award nomination for that book is a definite nod toward McMahon’s growing credentials as a horror fiction writer of note.

Likewise, McMahon’s recently published The Concrete Grove, the first in a trilogy of the same name, is a strong horror book. That uses the brutalist housing estate as centre-point in what looks to be a terrific series. Blending terrors of the human kind – as well as those of a supernatural inclination – it’s a must-read for the horror fiction fan.

Luckily for Spooky Reads, and our readers, we were able to grab a slice of Gary’s time and get his input on several areas of the contemporary, and historical, horror novel, as well as introspectives upon his own work. Covering areas from atmosphere to architecture, nature to humming birds and beyond, this is an insightful interview and definitely of interest to the fan of supernatural and dread fiction. Click here to read more.. »

The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon

Posted on 7th June 2011 in Reviews

I love Brutalist architecture. Whilst many find the style cold, hard, and aggressive, I’ve always found it comfortingly progressive, exciting and daring to be different from the norm. Encompassing buildings such as the Trellick Tower and Royal Festival Hall, whether or not it’s your cup of tea, you can’t say the Brutalist movement has an inappropriate name.

Gary McMahon’s The Concrete Grove is a Brutalist horror novel. I’m not just referring to Le Corbusier’s terminology for the ‘concrete’ often used in this building style, that forms part of the book’s title. This book is hard, and at times given its subject matter it’s also veering toward the ugly, but it stands out strongly from the pack and grabs your attention. Click here to read more.. »