Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Gathering Of Doorways - Michael Jasper

Wanting a change to get going again leads a husband, his wife, and son into buying a rural property, from people described thusly : "F-Ts. Mister and Missus Finley-Thompson. What a great pair of hippies they were."

However, what Gil sees a great deal, a steal, or a hustle doesn't turn out that was, as the organic crops his wife is growing are having problems, and he is having strange dreams of an odd placed called 'The Undercity'.

I suppose you could describe the atmosphere as sort of like a toned down, less grotesque Clive Barker, perhaps. A lot less bloody slaughter, too, but you get the idea.

Of course, in a story like that, the neighbours are not just the weird bloke up the road, or the dodgy guy over there, they have far more secrets than that. Of a decidedly supernatural bent, both the place and the denizens: "I kept coming back, just to see something new here. And there was always something new, even in the places I thought I’d figured out and mapped in my head. The whole place is shifty like that. Bendy. But powerful. It called to me, Gil."

The parental units in this tale had lost one child at birth, and now are in danger of losing another when it appears their son Noah has disappeared, accompanied only by a salamander and the dragon and prince stories his father would tell him.

A sinister search, confrontation and revelations await in this often creepy story.


3.5 out of 5

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