The Un­no­tice­ables

Not cy­ber­punk, just punk

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books - Ed­die Rob­son

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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.

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