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An Eerie Read,
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Banquet for the Damned is a tense horror novel set in the Scottish university town of St Andrews.
It follows the story of a musician who thinks his wildest dream has come true when he is invited by his favourite author, an academic and occultist, to make a concept album based on his esoteric writings.
Although responding enthusiastically to the invitation and bringing his dropout friend along for assistance, the subsequent encounter with their hero and his strange wife and secretary suggests a different motive for bringing the musicians to St Andrews, a town currently reeling from a spate of student disappearances and grisly murders.
Nevill writes of St Andrews in a similar fashion to Christopher Fowler writing of London, using a subtle and descriptive talent in revealing the perpetual presence of its dark heart through its landscape and structures.
It's not often a decent occult horror gets written these days - mad mystics summoning up entities they then struggle to control often feels like it's the stuff a past genre, perhaps of Wheatley or Saxon or Lovecraft.
With the exception of (in my opinion unnecessary) references to covens of witches,
Nevill largely stays away from cliche in a tale much more to do with demonology and occult studies becoming obsessive and possessive.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2014 08:18:16 GMT
M. D. Pithie says:
I'm going to check this one out very soon!. I thoroughly enjoyed 'Apartment 16' and am currently enjoying 'The House of Small Shadows' , its great to read an author of horror fiction who doesn't rely on sex and gratuitious gore , and who harks back to the days of the masters of the supernatural like M.R James and the like!.
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