Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#Horror Review: Eat the Night by Tim Waggoner

Eat the Night was, without a doubt, one of the weirder stories I've read this year. Not weird in the WTF perverse kind of sense, but more in a surreal, unsettling, disjointed sort of way. Tim Waggoner tells what seem to be three stories here, which only become even weirder once their intersection becomes clear.

The opening chapter sets a dark tone, with a suicidal rock 'n roll cult taking a break from their wanton orgy to cheer on their leader, peel off their faces, and prepare to sacrifice one of their own - all while clack-clack-clacking things approach from the trees.

From there we skip to a tormented young woman, waking from a dream . . . or is it a memory? What should be the most normal part of the novel slowly suffocates under hints of dark thoughts, a dark past, and the odd mystery of the basement door hidden behind a thin layer of wallpaper.

Next, we switch to a mysterious Maintenance crew, who are part X-Files, part Ghostbusters, and part Men-in-Black, but considerably darker (and weirder). They're responsible for monitoring the monsters of the world, both human and otherwise, all in a vain attempt to prevent the approach of entropy.

I love that the suburban elements of the tale are the darkest, most violent, goriest aspects of the tale, with some truly chilling scenes and settings. The early revelation of Joan's dark past is appropriately shocking, even within such a dark tale, and the later exposure of that event's significance really brings the story full circle. Similarly, I thought it was brilliant that something as weird as the Maintenance crew came to be the only sane thing in the novel, with Kevin (and his unfortunate partners) the only thing standing between the reader and the darkness.

In the end, Eat the Night smartly played against my expectations at just about every turn, keeping me unsettled and intrigued throughout. If you're a fan of weird horror, it is well worth the read.

Kindle Edition
Published September 24th 2016

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.

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