Sunday, April 28, 2013

208 Words About Parts 6, 11, and 12 of "Shadow Spinner" by Andrew Leon (Random Word Reviews)

Reading these books is like when you wake up in the middle of the night and thought you heard something, but it's all quiet.

And then something shrieks to high heaven and attacks you from behind.

That is the only way I can describe the actual physical feeling I get as I work through each installment of this serialized horror story.  Each section contains the requisite scares and horror imagery that Leon does masterfully: the man with no eyes, shadows with a rubbery physicality,  holes in reality appearing, corpses dragging themselves through broken windows.

But underlying all of that is this deeply unsettling feeling that there's something even MORE scary coming down the road, a sense that seems to come through by part 12 (which is as far as I've gotten so far) when a literal new world opens up, and the idea that all the creepy things that happened so far as merely precursors to even creepier things seems to be coming true.

The story works on two levels, as the best horror does: constant frights from the bevy of monsters and supernatural events, but setting up a fight over souls and worlds that raises the stakes even higher.  This book is shaping up to be a masterpiece.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO AUTHOR ANDREW LEON's PAGE AT AMAZON AND FIND LINKS TO ALL THE SHADOW SPINNER INSTALLMENTS.

Art by Rusty Webb,
at The Blutonian Death Egg

In Random Word Reviews, I get a pre-determined number of words, chosen randomly, between 1-750, to review something.  Read more of them here.

"Shadow Spinner" and "Andrew Leon" were also mentioned in all these other posts about serialized stories, his excellent Christmas/horror story (hard to pull off!) and his other great book, The House On The Corner, which he answered 10 1/2 questions about.

11 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

I'm not sure there's a better feeling than getting up to a positive review. Thanks! :)

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