Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Horror News: Hiram is "powerful, moving and freaky..."

Anton Cancre from Horror News, just posted an in-depth review of Jake Burrows' Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned (get it on Amazon now).

Here are a few things he had to say:

"This is someone who sees the hilarity, horror and tragedy in the absurd. Someone who knows that paralyzing, gut-busting laughter isn't that far removed from gibbering and chuckling, curled into an empty-eyed ball in the corner of a padded cell. This knowledge elevates the tale into a powerful, moving and freaky ass piece of art."

"Jake Burrows has given a potential caricature depth and an accessible emotional center that I did not expect..."

"...One of the more tense and taught openings to a horror novel I have read in a long time..."

"Come the bright, unwavering light of dawn, H.G. and the VotD made for a damn fine and totally entertaining read that moved me in unexpected ways. I can't wait to find out what lies in store for our intrepid anti-hero once he washes the puke out of his hair."

Then there is praise for Malclom McClinton's original artwork:

"Then there is the cover art and interior paintings by  Malcolm McClinton. In these stark, simple images, he manages to perfectly capture the frailty and pathos that drives Hiram in the face of the utter insanity of the moment. The addition of illustrations like these is what has put Shroud to the forefront of my mind when it comes to small press releases, second only to some of the better releases by Necro. Art like this makes it much easier to justify the added cost that comes with any small press purchase."

Read the entire insightful review here.

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