SHAPES IN THE MIST BY G.R.YEATS
London’s most notorious murderer walks its streets once more.
Whitechapel, 1917. Jerry Reinhart, an American fighter-pilot, returns to London to convalesce after losing an aerial joust with the German ace, Baron von Richtofen. Sick and unstable, he loses himself in the seedy streets, unaware that he has brought back something unspeakable with him from the Western Front. Something that begins to take on the shape of a killer who was never caught. As the bombs rain down on old London town, a man named Jack is being reborn.
A lot of really bad books come my way, and the majority of them are e-books. Sometimes, I feel like packing in the reviewing game, and concentrating soley on interviews and news. However, when I seem to hit rock bottom, I pick up a book, that makes it seem all worthwhile. Between reading and reviewing Gary McMahon’s Concrete Grove, I have picked up and discarded six, truly awful books. It’s a good thing my anger management classes are working, otherwise I would now be on my sixth Kindle.
Yes folks I loved this book, it shouldn’t have been that big a surprise, as I previously really enjoyed Greg’s previous entry in his Velata cycle, Eyes of The Dead.
In this second entry, Greg has built upon the solid foundations he showed in his debut novel. Greg has a very evocative and descriptive style, that previously sometimes went a bit too far. However in Shapes in the mist, his power of description and the emotions that it evokes has been honed into the sharpest of styles. Here he swaps the horrors of the the trenches of World War One, for the horrors of the foggy streets of London. It’s a brave man, who decides to take on such a well worn and over used mythology of Jack The Ripper, but Greg is more than up for the task.
One complaint I have about period horror, is that, a lot of the time, there is no sense of period, not so here. Greg, has managed to capture the feel of the period, in this wondrfully atmospheric and claustrophobic novel. This is not one of your good feel type horror novels, like those written by say Koontz. This is a powerful, dark, and gritty novel, full of brilliant imagery, and skillfull writing, that manages to shend a shiver down the spine of even this time served horror fan
Folks this is the sort of horror novel, that everyone who is a fan should read. The sort of novel that UK authors seem to do extremely well.
So if you are looking for a new author to discover at Halloween, Greg is your man
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