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Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone by [Griffin, Michael]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2213 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Trepidatio Publishing - JournalStone (24 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7W6G6W
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heiroglyphs of Blood and Bone is the dread-soaked story of Guy, a newly separated man in his forties, who is bunking with his friend Karl while he gets his life back together. While the book focuses much of narrative on the relative normalcy of daily life, Griffin paints a picture that is alive with dread throughout. The reader is constantly aware that something awful is going to unfold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not an easy read. I don’t say that in terms of ... 9 Mar. 2017
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Griffin’s Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone is a bizarre trip through the life of Guy, a recent divorcee who is in a personal freefall. His feelings towards his ex-wife are still a source of pendulum-swinging confusion, he hates his job, and his sole companionship is Karl, his younger bro-dude roommate and co-worker who is constantly trying to get him back in the metaphorical saddle. Guy has enough trouble with all of this to find a star to chart a new course by, then he meets Lily. Lily brings literal mystery back into his life, a mystery that seeps into every other vector point of it, sending Guy on a journey that brings every element of his life into question.

This is not an easy read. I don’t say that in terms of extreme horror, graphic violence, or vastly disturbing visuals. From almost the beginning of the book, Guy has experiences that cumulate in the reader wondering if they really happened at all. This is fair, because more than once Guy wonders as well. The depth to which this doubtfulness builds within the story and the varying levels to which it is resolved creates a tense apprehension in the ongoing process of Guy finding out what is actually real in his life. Griffin does a magnificent job of a crafting a story where the reader has little choice but to join in the unsureness (He almost does away with an ongoing sense of time altogether.) as the story goes to its inexorable end. Even at the end there is much unanswered, but it cannot be said that the questions asked are not beautiful, extraordinary, and weird. Not a book for people who absolutely need to have closure in their stories, but for anyone else who appreciates tales of the Modern Weird, you shouldn’t miss out on this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An undertone of unreality 12 July 2017
By S. P. Miskowski - Published on Amazon.com
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The style and the techniques Griffin employs in Hieroglyphs are a departure from his more lyrical stories. I think his novella, An Ideal Retreat, is a bridge between the beautiful (sometimes lush) language and imagery of The Lure of Devouring Light and the more tightly focused Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone. Here the language has been pared down and there is an undertone of unreality to the action. Simple, mundane events in the protagonist's life are weighted with a kind of dread that reminded me of Class Trip by Emmanuel Carrère. There's a lot beneath the surface, no matter how much we're told about the protagonist's state of mind. Great, dark-edged atmosphere and fine use of an unreliable narrator, a man only beginning to recognize the ways in which he is broken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Person's Horror 11 Jun. 2017
By L. Columbus - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start with a warning, in case you're a certain type of reader. This is not a typical "horror" story, meaning there are no monsters, serial killers, raging clowns, masked slashers, etc.. What you will find is an overwhelming sense of despair and disorientation, as a man tries to make sense of his recently collapsed marriage. Things start off seeming normal enough, but quickly reality begins to twist and bend. Mr. Griffin is an accomplished writer and his skills are on full show in this tale. I felt as if I was trapped in a dream state each time I returned to the book. This is horror for the reflective reader. It's terror ala David Lynch vs Michael Bay. Choose accordingly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply, Darkly Wonderful 22 Mar. 2017
By Jake Marley - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Griffin is one of today's most exciting writers of Weird and Horror fiction, and with Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone he's in full swing. Lyrical language, heartfelt and fully-realized characters, and an impeccable sense of dread combine to make this dark and powerful story come to life.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 14 April 2017
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this. It's an odd book, and definitely not in the view of conventional horror - more quiet, contemplative Cosmic Horror. This book really sucked me in, I could feel myself in the place of the protagonist, his confusion and bewilderment, and the feeling of displaced time and not knowing what is real and what isn't. It's a dark book, far darker than many other action oriented horror novels, and one that will stick with you for a while.
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