Dreams Of Shreds & Tat­ters

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Re­lease Date: 7 May

320 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Amanda Downum Pub­lisher: So­laris

For many, the name

HP Love­craft means ten­ta­cled, san­ity- bend­ing mon­sters, but the leg­endary hor­ror writer’s work also headed in more lyri­cal di­rec­tions, es­pe­cially in tales like “The Dream- Quest Of Un­known Ka­dath”. It’s th­ese pe­cu­liar sto­ries that serve as the in­spi­ra­tion for new ur­ban fan­tasy Dreams Of Shreds & Tat­ters – though the end re­sults are some­what frus­trat­ing.

The plot fol­lows Liz Drake, a woman who has bizarre dreams con­nected with the dis­ap­pear­ance of her artist friend Blake. When she fi­nally lo­cates him, he’s co­matose in hos­pi­tal, but the trail leads her to Blake’s mys­te­ri­ous artist friends, and a se­ries of un­set­tling se­crets.

It soon tran­spires that strange dream- crea­tures are over­see­ing th­ese events, all in the ser­vice of some­thing mon­strous called the Yel­low King, but while Love­craft and True De­tec­tive fans will ap­pre­ci­ate the ref­er­ences, Amanda Downum’s take on ur­ban fan­tasy is heavy on at­mos­phere yet light on sub­stance.

De­spite evoca­tive images and am­bi­tious ideas, the sto­ry­telling lacks edge and im­pact, and this ram­bling su­per­nat­u­ral saga fails to be more than mildly un­set­tling. There are oc­ca­sional flick­ers of the chal­leng­ing book Downum is try­ing to de­liver, but un­en­gag­ing cen­tral char­ac­ters and an over- re­liance on dream logic leave this fan­tasy strug­gling to make it out of sec­ond gear. Saxon Bul­lock Downum has made a “sound­track” to the novel in­clud­ing the likes of Bat For Lashes and The Cure: http:// bit. ly/ dream­sST.

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