A wonderfully creepy and clever read.
I loved the concept of a therapy group for the survivors of terrible supernatural things and how their stories slowly came to light. I'm definitely going to have to read the prequel -- Harrison Squared -- as soon as I can get my hands on it!
I'd caution you about reading some of the reviews people post about the book. I think people have different ideas about what constitutes a spoiler. For instance, some reviews tell the story of everyone in the group as if that's no big deal. For me, much of the allure of the tale was discovering why the people were chosen for the group. It was more the point of the story (I think) than the plot events. Those types of events are somewhat scant and quick -- leaving time to experience the group coming together, rather than focusing on them stopping ANOTHER supernatural evil. I'd really love to see something come after this book, too. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it does end with a whole world opened up.
Horror novels and movies generally end after the protagonist has escaped and/or vanquished the evil. Daryl Gregory's novella starts long after those events, in a therapy group for the survivors of many different strange and outlandish horrors. As the group members struggle to connect, they learn that they need each other to fight a darkness that is returning for them. This book is full of humor and horror, twists and turns, and surprising emotional warmth found in the creepiest places.
This book was a roller coaster ride of AWESOME! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes darker themed novels. It's only eleven chapters but it was SO GOOD!
This novella is about a very special therapy group that meets every week. The members of this therapy group are all survivors of a different horror. One is the only living victim of a group of cannibals, another endured a chilling attack by a supernatural serial killer and lived, a third accidentally invented technology that allows him to see monsters. As readers listen to the stories of every member of the group we come to understand that they are far more connected than they know. The group will need every member of their scarred community as portents of a new terror start to emerge.
whoa, this is one strange book! I'm not that much into horror stories, but this is well done. Right amount of pulp fiction genre, and scary to boot.
A therapy group comes together. The members are all recruited by one doctor and all of them have particular issues. Supernatural or just downright weird issues. A cannibal survivor, an ex-monster hunter, a virtual reality that isn't a game anymore, and other problems plague our protagonists and the stories are drawn out slowly as the group gets used to each other and their own circumstances. I wouldn't go so far as to say there's all that much of an overarching plot, there's one ongoing story with one of the group that ends up involving everyone but over all it's a great exercise in world building as well as just wondering how victims of these sort of events would react to each other in as close to a realistic setting as possible. The novella is obviously just that but it feels a little longer and I don't mean that in a bad way. Everything is drawn out just the right amount without it feeling too rushed and it reads nice and pulpy too. Worth a look if you're into horror.
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