They say never judge a book by a cover, but a chance viewing of the cover to Ian Rogers book The Black Eyed Kids, got my book buying spider sense tingling.  So I tracked the book down, and found that the publishers, Burning Effigy Press  were offering it as part of a three book deal with the previous two books in the Felix Renn adventures for a tidy sum of $20.

For those not in the know, Felix Renn is a PI in Toronto, in a version of our world that has slowly but surely awakening to the existence of The Black Lands.  This is the world were all of the monsters of legend have come from, home to vampires, werewolves, and killer trees, and many many more creatures.  Yes, I know it sounds familiar, but it takes a lot for to get my attention, let alone to get me to spend $20 on an author I had never heard.

If you read this blog a lot you  will know about my love for the Drunk On The Moon series by Paul D. Brazill, and this book has many similarities to that series, apart from a world weary PI, the main one is that it is an extremely enjoyable series, that brings a childlike smile to my face.

I like how it is taken as read that everyone knows about The Black Lands, to the point, where there is a Government body set up to investigate and track down any incursions into our world.  No one knows for sure why the veil between our world has thinned, some believe it is due to global warming, or maybe due to all the nuclear bomb testing.

Felix Renn is a private investigator in a supernatural world, an alternate reality where a dark dimension called The Black Lands co-exists alongside our own. Travelling to and from The Black Lands is dangerous — and illegal — but that doesn’t stop some of the creatures that reside there from crossing over into our world from time to time.

After a man goes berserk in a posh Toronto restaurant, Felix suddenly finds himself torn between both worlds as he is drawn into a deadly game of movies, murder, and monsters.

Temporary Monsters is the first of these tales, and it serves as a good introduction to Felix.  In this one we see Felix investigating the attack by an actor who has turned into a vampire.  I’ll not say any more about the plot, apart from it has  a neat twist.  A fast paced story, where the action kicks of from the word go and never lets up.  

It’s a cold winter’s night and private investigator Felix Renn is still haunted by his experience in the Black Lands – that dark dimension populated by dangerous supernatural entities.

After discovering a strange mark on the snow-covered ground, Felix finds himself thrust into a deadly race against time to protect the city from a paranormal plague that preys on all the dark secrets of the human soul.

But what is Felix to do when the next victim is himself?

The Ash Angels is the second outing for Felix, this is a much quieter tale than it’s predecessor, however it still has the same great dialogue, great writing and snarky humour of Temparary Monsters.  It was good to see such a different style of tale, it shows that Rogers is no one trick pony.

Felix Renn is a private investigator in a world that co-exists alongside The Black Lands, a dark dimension filled with terrifying creatures.

After the woman he’s hired to follow turns up dead, Felix discovers he has drawn the attention of the Black-Eyed Kids – supernatural entities so dark and mysterious that even the government’s elite Paranormal Intelligence Agency knows little about them.

As the bodies continue to pile up, Felix quickly discovers he has no one to turn to, and that it’s only a matter of time before the Black-Eyed Kids come calling on him.

The Black Eyed Kids, so does the book live up to its cover?  No it doesn’t it actually surpasses it.  This is a brilliant example of noir horror, chilling, thrilling, full of excellent dialogue, and a great cast of characters. Rogers has excelled in creating a truly chilling adversary in the Black Eyed Kids, these kids a creepy to the max.







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