Dead-good plot

The Daily Examiner - - RELAX - — Shel­ley Had­field

A NEB­ULA is a cloud of in­ter­stel­lar gas and dust. So it is ap­pro­pri­ate that Soon, win­ner of the 2015 Tas­ma­nian Pre­mier’s Prize for an un­pub­lished man­u­script, is set in the fic­ti­tious town of Ne­bu­lah. It is a para­nor­mal thriller but also about re­la­tion­ships, loy­alty and the des­per­a­tion of ne­ces­sity. Ne­bu­lah is like any iso­lated Aussie town, with its char­ac­ters, ten­u­ous econ­omy and is­sues. But that changes on June 22, 1998, when a con­voy of grey four-wheel drives car­ry­ing shad­ow­less men ar­rive and then, just as quickly, dis­ap­pear down a dead-end road. With them, go the birds. Sud­denly, each dusk, Ne­bu­lah’s streets be­come deadly as a mist de­scends, bring­ing su­per­nat­u­ral forces try­ing to se­duce the liv­ing out­side. Most nights the hand­ful of res­i­dents who haven’t been slaugh­tered or run out of town gather with the TV turned up to block out the scratch­ing at the door. Ex-cop Pete feels a duty to pro­tect those cling­ing to their homes. But he fears his num­ber might be up soon too. VER­DICT: Dead good. SOON, LOIS MUR­PHY, TRAN­SIT LOUNGE, RRP $29.95

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