Not cyberpunk, just punk
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288 pages | Paperback/ ebook Author: Robert Brockway Publisher: Titan Books
The backdrop of This novel cheerfully eschews the ordinary, everyday protagonists common in horror: one half of it is narrated by Casey, a social dropout in the New York punk scene of 1977, while the other concerns Kaitlyn, a stuntwoman in 2013 Hollywood. Yet within their worlds, both characters exist under the radar. Casey and his friends live lives so informal that they barely notice when members of their circle disappear, whilst Kaitlyn’s entire job is to stand in for other, more famous people – she’s not meant to be recognised for herself. And the creatures lurking in both locations prey on the unnoticed…
Naturally, Casey’s story meets up with Kaitlyn’s as the novel proceeds, and they take on these demons together. Two first- person narratives in one novel can be tricky to pull off, but they’re reasonably distinct and united by Robert Brockway’s keen sense of humour. In fact the book is often very funny, which is welcome, because when it hits the horror it can be very grim indeed, featuring lingering descriptions of tar- monsters melting people from the inside out.
Excitingly, Brockway creates his own mythology rather than riffing off creatures from the established catalogue of horror, which keeps the novel unpredictable. It could perhaps do with a little more depth – Carey and Kaitlyn are the only really engaging characters – but it’s fresh and highly readable.