Publishing Date: October 2013
Publisher Description: It’s Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion.
Review: Cover art is way weak. Who wants to look at the backside of a dude.
This was a really good novel. Glib, funny, witty with a dash of rhetorical cynicism in the face of supernatural events. While some reviewers stated that this was a horror novel I thought the hubris of Dimitri pulled it out of that genre. Mainly because the characters are fairly innocent and have this self-deprecating quality in the face of hideous events.
I really liked the character development of Lisa. She has an outward toughness balanced by an inner fragility due to her brothers violent act. There is this cautious awareness that draws you to her personality. The newspaper editors son, Nate, is truly a funny jackass. Too bad the writer kills him off. The writer did a wonderful job in presentation. Even the mundane characters have some form of development based on funny instances.
The novel doesn’t conclude in a formative manner as the author has more to say about Dimitri, what with questions about his familial ties left to discover and a demon on the loose. While this would usually pale for me, I find the possibility of a sequel something to look forward to. Get it and have some fun.