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In the midst of a beautiful summer, in a perfectly American suburban middle-class neighborhood, a faraway evil is lurking, waiting to strike the unsuspecting residents.

First come the flashing lights, then the heavy rains, high winds, and finally a total blackout. But that's only the beginning...

When the whipping black tentacles fall from the sky and begin snatching peopl
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by DarkFuse
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
so, this is the third book i have read by tim curran. who is not

tim curran seems to enjoy writing about horrible supernatural situations that affect small towns, whose inhabitants will then huddle and gather together in their helplessness, safety-in-numbers style, which thinking *of course* proves to be flawed, as these numbers are not at all safe and are in fact reduced drastically by the story's final scene. he also doesn't shy away from (view spoiler), which i ap
Dan Schwent
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, darkfuse
Jon wakes up after having a few too many at a block party to find his wife gone and his neighborhood mostly deserted and in the grips of a blackout. Jon soon finds himself fighting for his life with a small group of survivors, trying to evade the sinister tentacles ensnaring people and snatching them away into the maw of some unseen predator in the sky...

I got this from DarkFuse via Netgalley. And it was really damn good.

Blackout's premise is simple enough. Something knocks out the power and sta
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
This is my first Tim Curran book and I will without a doubt read more.

Blackout was a fantastic science fiction story about a neighborhood that discovers that people are disappearing. Something is grabbing them from the sky. First, it is just confusing for them, the stars are gone, the sky is black and then it hit them! And, I really mean hit them, long tentacles from the sky is snatching up people as soon as they touch them. And, our little group of people has to do anything to stay alive.

I got
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2014
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Hey, what’s that????

Horrifying tentacle monster? Yes, please.

I know there are a lot (and I mean A LOT ) of people reading some very different tentacle stories, but for now I’ll just stick with good old fashion horror. Of course, the tentacle monsters in this story did come from the sky, so there very well could have been some anal probing that Tim Curran just decided to leave on the editing room floor.

According to Goodreads, this
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Curran asked if I would like to do a beta read of this book and I said HELL YEAH! This book is my favorite Curran story yet.

I don't want to say anything that could possibly ruin it for a potential reader but I can say this. A blackout is already a scary thing, right? Imagine a blackout where things start coming down from the sky. Have you read Curran's Dead Sea? I feel like this book is Dead Sea from the sky. Unsettling as all get out.

Wildly imaginative and creative, Blackout is an example o
Janie C.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This narrative unreels in a rapid-fire series of events that goes from point A to point Z and beyond in quick succession. Reaction supersedes action as a small group of survivors face a destructive catastrophe. Driven by the primal instinct to survive, they confront a seemingly impossible and rapidly changing environment. Turbulent, brutal and chilling.
Jack Tripper
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This had me hooked right from the beginning. A man wakes up in the middle of the night to find his wife isn't there. She could have gotten up to use the bathroom, or any number of things, but he knows something is wrong. He hears something slithering across the roof while he's looking around in the pitch-dark garage, and just manages to catch a glimpse of some sort of really long, snake-like "thing" moving lightning-quick through the grass when he checks outside.

Pretty freaky. Turns out he's not
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Wait? This isn't tentacle porn?

This story starts off in a suburb. Normal afternoon of grilling with the neighbors, drinking a few beers and inter-marital groping.

Then it starts lightning and all the lights go off. No cell service. It begins. Of course I read the book when it's storming outside and my power is flickering.

This book reads like a Twilight Zone episode or a whacked out X-Files. Heck yes!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The story I am about to tell you is about what happened after the lights went out. I’m going to tell you what happened to your beautiful green world and the people that called it home. Understand, it’s not a happy story and there is no moral. It’s not that kind of story.”

True that.

Blackout starts out so normal. So very mundane, even. A bunch of middle class folks, in a middle class neighborhood have just finished up with a little get-together where one neighbor grabbed another wife’s butt and o
Tim Curran is really at the top of his game with this intense novella! (It didn't help that I read most of it during a severe thunder/lightning storm). BLACKOUT has everything you could possibly want in a great horror story: intense atmosphere, incredibly real characters with believable motivations/actions, and an ever-thickening plot that draws you into the horror relentlessly. If you start to read this and think "I've read this type of story before"--think again. Curran adds "things" and twist ...more
Ken McKinley
Want to know how to do sci-fi/horror right? Something that takes you back to great cinematic offerings from the hey day of 1980s? Look no further than Tim Curran's Blackout. Claustrophobic, eerie, familiar surroundings and people, and like a master magician, Curran only shows you what he wants you to see when he wants you to see it.

Blackout is told from the point of view of Jon. Jon lives in your average middle-American neighborhood in your average middle-American town with his average middle-A
11811 (Eleven)
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You had me at tentacles from the sky....
Edward Lorn
I need to preface this review with this: A great many reviewers, whose opinions I highly respect, loved this book, but this was one of those times where I completely disagree with them. This is a perfect example of the old saying, "You can't please everybody all the time." Not everyone is going to have the same experience with the books they read. I pretty much hated this book, and, now, I will try to explain why.

My distaste for this book began around the time I realized that Curran's favorite a
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's get the 'didn't like' stuff out of the way first.
Not my favourite Tim Curran's book. The editor should have done a better job. From unnecessary explanations ('You could almost hear the blood draining from our faces. That's an exaggeration, of course') to mixed up names to - and this one is completely personal and not the editor's fault - annoying characters, it doesn't come close to other Curran's stories I loved.

That being said, I still liked it though. I liked the original The War of the
This mini-hardcover is copy 41 of 100 copies signed by Tim Curran.
Adam Light
Tim Curran does it again!
This novella is almost perfect. I am even more impressed with the author than I was before. Intense, scary, and absolutely bleak, Blackout is a quick read with no filler. Never let's up, and left me completely satisfied .
Bob Milne
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Admit it, when you read that word, at least half of you saw your thoughts immediately descend into the murky gutters of tentacle porn, and the filthy dungeons of monster erotica.


There was a time, not so long ago, when tentacles were a thing of terror, not titillation; when the idea of slender, slimy, grasping, alien tendrils made you shudder with utter revulsion, not with guilty pleasure.


That's not say there's anything necessarily wrong with the sexual exploitation
These DarkFuse novellas are like tasty little gummi bears that I munch on in between the bigger meals. So far, they've all been fun, quick and easy reads that I can get through in a day or two. This latest one is by horror writer Tim Curran and in it, a science teacher wakes up to an immense blackout and his wife missing. He groups up with his fellow neighbors on what is usually a quiet neighborhood street and try to figure out what's happening. Then the shiny, black tentacles start dropping fro ...more
Timothy Ward
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This delivered in every way one would hope for in this kind of horror book. When I look for a horror read, I'm hoping for fresh description, sharp tension, and characters I react to when they bleed or die. Blackout has all of that in a quick and increasingly engaging read. This story is comparable to a Fringe episode in how it bends your perception of reality while introducing a new kind of monster. It may be a one off story, but with these kind of skills on display, I'm confident any other Tim ...more
While I would love to write my own short description of the plot, I won't in this case since it might prepare you mentally for what you're about to read. I do promise that the summary that you can see on the book will not prepare you enough.

This novella freaked me out. While the plot of many horror novels can be discounted with rational thinking, the plot of this one hits on one of my largest fears (probably the same for most people) and cannot be brushed aside or called unlikely because we don'
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Tim Curran and I may have been separated at birth given the similarities between us.
For one, we were both horror comic junkies when we were kids.
Check out his bio. The comic books here could easily have been found on my closet floor when I was 12:
Tim Curran

For another, in this novel, he describes a warm, dry gust of heat to what he experienced during a KISS concert when he was 13. KISS was my first concert, back in 1977 when I was 15, and I've told countless people about that show and how you
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

If there is one thing that Tim Curran does well, it's creating atmosphere. In Blackout his descriptions of the blackness are claustrophobic, he continues to build on this throughout the first part of the novella, ratcheting up the tension whenever someone has to venture out into the night.

The story sees suburbanite, Jon, awakened by a storm to find his wife is missing. On searching part of the neighbourhood he notices black cables coming down from the sky. Whilst unsettling it isn't until a litt
Jon Recluse
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This was an eARC from Netgalley.

When the lights go out....the hunt begins as Tim Curran spins "The War of the Worlds" into a nightmarish battle for survival when the human race discovers it's not alone in the dark. From the first flash of lightning to the final gutwrenching revelation, this is a white knuckle thrill ride that proves the author is one of the most original voices in the genre.

Highest possible recommendation.
Alien invasion? Sign me up! This book was an incredibly fun, entertaining read that combined humour with horror in a fantastic way. The aliens worked for me, they weren't always completely visible but their presence was felt and that helped to build up the atmosphere. The book had excellent tense moments and parts of the book genuinely scared me! (view spoiler) and even mor ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quaint little street in middle class suburbia USA. Everybody knows everybody and life is simple…maybe even boring. Not this night, however. Jon’s wife goes missing and he is growing more and more frantic to find out how why she has disappeared. The neighborhood search is on…then the lights go out. And I mean out – No power, internet, phones, nothing. Even the stars have gone black. A storm is brewing. Now, it’s up to Jon and his neighbors to find out what is going on before the whole block goe ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
My thanks to NetGalley and DarkFuse for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

First of all, let me state that I am not a huge fan of the horror genre. I love certain works by King and Koontz, the rest I'm not overly into. I don't like when horror translates into "no hope, everything is over, the end". I read to escape from reality and reading about the end of times, whether it be from aliens, demons or what have you, still ends the same way. Kind of like how I see our society and world go
The following is based on an eARC made available by DarkFuse Publishing through NetGalley, and can be found - along with other reviews like it - at Horror After Dark.

At about the halfway point of Tim Curran's soon to be released novella, I found myself wondering what goes on in this author's head. Specifically: What makes him tick? How does he come by his ideas? And whether he keeps himself awake at night thinking up the horrors that he inflicts upon his readers? But by the end of the read, I'd
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads, horror
Really well done homage to the classic War of the Worlds. Modernized with an interesting twist and Curran's singular gory erudite style. He sent me to google again---this time looking up extinction events.

I have read several of Curran's works and he certainly knows his classics and never fails to put in material that makes me want to research the stories behind his stories. This isn't just a retelling, although reflections abound for those familiar with War of The Worlds. I found his biological
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When the citizens of Piccamore Way have a neighborhood cookout to celebrate the summer, they have no idea it will be their last. Then science teacher, Jon, awakes in the middle of the night, to find his wife inexplicably missing, nowhere to be found. Then the power goes out, strange black tentaclelike cables descend from the night, and those who touch them get yanked up into the sky. And that is only the beginning of the unimaginable horror.

Tim Curran's latest Darkfuse novella is tinged with Lov
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from Curran. This was a different kind of a tale, a little apocalyptic but I loved it all the same. Characters were likable and I was glued from the beginning. Curran has a way of making his characters so relatable. He writes like you are there, experiencing everything in real time. The ending was lacking a bit, but the concept was very unique and interesting. I think every Curran fan will like this!
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Tim Curran lives in Michigan and is the author of the novels Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, The Devil Next Door, and Biohazard, as well as the novella The Corpse King. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Flesh&Blood, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman, and anthologies such as Shivers IV, High Seas Cthulhu, and Vile Things.

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