Silent Voices by Gary McMahon

Posted on 8th September 2012 in Reviews

Silent Voices continues on from Gary McMahon’s brutalist urban-supernatural trilogy-opener The Concrete Grove, keeping steady pace with the shocking fluidity of that story. Again it’s the Needle, a behemoth abandoned residential tower block, that forms a geographical and paranormal centre point to the story which has grown around it. However, the characters we encounter in this book have a deeper and more involved history with the Concrete Grove than those in the preceding tranche of this tale, and it would seem that it has the most furtive of agendas with them.

An estranged trio of childhood friends Simon, Brendan and Martin – not in touch for some twenty-odd years – find themselves experiencing a disturbing series of events that echo through time. They’re reminded of a weekend in their youth when their innocence was stripped from them by some malevolent supernatural entity, their memories gone too, as the dark forces of the Grove conquered them. 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.. »