One of the advantages of writing a book is that other people send you their novels for free. And since you want to send your books to other authors to...moreOne of the advantages of writing a book is that other people send you their novels for free. And since you want to send your books to other authors too, it behooves you to pay it forward. The only problem is, when you read the book you are expected to write a review. And let me tell you, nothing is worse than telling somebody their book’s not very good. Writing is a very personal thing, and a book is, in many ways, a part of the author. Telling somebody their book isn’t any good is like telling them they’re ugly. It’s unpleasant. Fortunately, that’s a problem I won’t have with J.G. Faherty’s Cemetery Club.
Cemetery Club is the first book of Faherty’s I have read. I know of him by reputation due to his highly acclaimed young adult novel, Ghosts of Coronado Bay. That effort was rewarded with a Bram Stoker Award Nomination. (He lost to Jonathan Maberry, an honor unto itself). So when I opened Cemetery Club, I expected a YA horror romp. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Cemetery Club is a fun but visceral supernatural zombie novel. It’s got plenty of blood and guts for the gore hounds, while keeping that air of mystery and otherworldly dread that those with more refined tastes prefer. Set in the town of Rocky Point, Cemetery Club tells the story of four friends who years before awakened a sleeping evil that seeks to possess and devour everything in its path. Now it is awake again, and only they can stop it.
Cemetery Club reminded me of some of Stephen King’s early works. It has everything a horror novel needs—insane asylums, tombs, crypts, disbelieving police, heroes in need of redemption. And it offers a new spin on the zombie genre.
I recommend Cemetery Club wholeheartedly to fans of a good, fun horror yarn. Faherty knows how to frighten and he knows how to entertain. You can’t ask for much more than that. (less)
The best part about publishing a book is that people suddenly think of you differently. You are no longer a writer; you're a writer. And then everythi...moreThe best part about publishing a book is that people suddenly think of you differently. You are no longer a writer; you're a writer. And then everything changes. All of the sudden, you have all this cache. “Oh, he liked that book? Well it must be good. After all, he's a writer.” Next thing you know, people are asking you to write short stories for their anthologies. That's how I ended up writing a story for this anthology, Christmas Lites. And let me tell you, was I full of myself. I was the big published writer man gonna do a short story. You can imagine how disgusted, horrified, and downright disappointed I was when I received my copy of the final anthology and realized, alas, not only is my story not the best of the bunch, it's not even in the top five. And hey, I like my story!
Christmas Lites is almost the perfect anthology. If you read an anthology and you like every story you come across, then the editors failed you. A great anthology takes a common thread and twists it and turns it until you can't tell if it is supposed to be a sweater or a jock strap. That's what you get in Christmas Lites. Ghosts and zombies and ninja elves and everything in between. Will you like it all? Probably not. But I can guarantee you there is something for everyone. Given that the proceeds all go to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, I can't think of a better Christmas gift for you or someone in your family. So pick up a copy and give it a read. Who knows, you might even like my story . . .
Brett J. Talley, author of the award winning novel, That Which Should Not Be(less)