#Horror Review: The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford

The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford was a book I came close to abandoning to the DNF pile. There was a lot of pot use here, and aside from being disgusting, it always make me wonder if it's going to be one of those questionable tales where the horror might have been real, or might just have been stoner hallucinations. Screw that. Be stoned and paranoid on your own time. I want the horror to be real, brutal, and unflinching.

As for the story, I liked the archaeological approach to exploring an abandoned mansion, and thought the details around process and technique were actually quite solid. I was as curious as to what would come out of the pit next as I was about anything supernatural, but that horned baby skull with the vestigial tale certainly did the trick.

The supernatural element was interesting, although I am still not entirely sure I buy the explanation for what happened to the family. There were some genuine scares and some really creepy moments, and I loved the frantic assault on the old woman's house, but where it fell apart for me was at the climax. It was over far too easily, and far too quickly, concluding with a whimper rather than a bang.

All in all, an entertaining diversion, with some real ingenuity, but a little too thin to be truly memorable.

Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Tor.com

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.


  1. Ugh I hate characters that just sit doing drugs all the time. If I want to see that I can go into town at the weekend.


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