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A disappointment after 'House of Lost Souls'; this needs editing!
on 7 June 2010
F.G.Cottam is a hugely talented writer, and 'House of Lost Souls' was one of the scariest horror novels that I've read over the last decade. For this reason, out of a sense of loyalty, I struggled to the end of this increasingly disappointing book, with its ghastly gung-ho hero (sorry, I didn't warm to Mark Hunter at all), its turgid passages of pointless description and unconvincing dialogue, gruesome moments that made me laugh out loud for all the wrong reasons, to its "with one bound we were all free" conclusion. But I don't blame the author, who has some great ideas in this book, (although they need developing), I blame the publishers, who have rushed this book out before it was ready. With another year's work, and some hard editing, particularly where the narrative structure is concerned, (why on earth, for example, does Mark go all the way to the Tyrol, and in a separate incident all the way to London, to confront the sorceress, only to achieve zilch and then come home again?) this could have been a really good book.