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Psychopomp and Circumstance

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It starts on Facebook—an update that Nell doesn’t remember making. It’s bad enough that she’s dying and none of her friends know. Now, she’s pretty sure she’s going crazy too. She sees the Sewercide Man everywhere she goes.

The bright, safe little town of is Bandon descending into darkness, dragging the inhabitants along for the ride. Death follows madness for those bound t
Paperback, 186 pages
Published April 24th 2016 by A Murder of Storytellers
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Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok

The nitty-gritty: Despite the author's fluid writing style and evocative imagery, this story lacked a solid plot and sympathetic characters, and with its over-the-top violence, it just wasn't for me.

Every once in a while I try a new small publisher, and I’ve found some great ones by taking chances and stepping out of my comfort zone. For that reason, I decided to read Psychopomp and Circumstance from small publisher A Murder of Storytellers. I was impressed with the gorgeous cover and was in the

Kimberly Hicks
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The Eccentric Reader
Recommended to Kimberly by: Sage's Blog Tours
Shelves: read-on-kindle
What an interesting tale of horror, dark humor and idiosyncrasy all interwoven to make a weird story come to life. I love horror novels, although not all readers have the stomach for them! In fact, the scarier, weirder and crazier they are, the more I love 'em! Always have and always will. Not everyone has a knack for writing in this genre, but I have to say, Messmer definitely has the qualifying skills. Her detail is beyond descriptive, it's an experience--and one I'm sure her characters would ...more
For 90s horror fans

Sharp beautiful writing as a number of angsty young adults are experiencing weird, violent happenings in their small town.
The plot is thin and it works as a backdrop for the characters to do their thing.
There is some gruesome violence and gory imagery to please gorehounds.
Jonathan Raab
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adrean Messmer’s first novel is a complex and varied story about the interconnected social dynamics of one group of post-high school late-teens-early-twenty-somethings and the malevolent force that stalks them. It feels, in spirit, very much like a late 90s/early 00s novelization of a teen-focused horror film a la Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, or Phantoms. Coming from me that is, of course, a compliment.

This particular evil force is the memorable Sewercide Man (a lovely name for a mon
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Nell finds some really weird status updates on her Facebook wall that she doesn’t remember writing. But there are other weird things happening around town, too. What the hell is going on?

This whole book had me perplexed. I wandered around the pages lost and confused like a redneck in a modern art museum. When I say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” I truly mean it because I think this story just wasn’t for me, but I believe there
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Matthew Brockmeyer
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Psychopomp and Circumstance is one gnarly and creepy-as-hell horror story that is guaranteed to make your skin crawl. It comes complete with its own boogeyman: The Sewarcide Man, the umbrella carrying ghost of a small town’s local serial killer. Somewhere within the text there seems to be an ode to the eighties slasher flicks it often references.

Messmer’s prose is intoxicating, at times lyrical and at others snarky and snide with the voice of the teenage narrators who make up the cast. Her langu
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cover of this one caught my eye. Gorgeous and one of the reasons I bought the book. Written from multiple points of view, Pyschopomp and Circumstance is elegantly written and richly layered with startling metaphor. Messmer carefully and with calculation leads the reader into a dreamscape, or more accurately, a nightmare. One can never be sure what’s real. The story seems to slip in and out of dream and reality leaving me to consider the title and its direct connection to the book’s theme of ...more
Carol Whetzel
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great debut novel from this author. Solid characters that drew you in with the different POVs. Horror is not a genre I normally read, but the gore was minimal and I found this more of a psychological thriller. I like the fact that everyone had a secret...much like real life.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Opening disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine, though our friendship has in no way influenced this review (I even bought the book myself!)

This isn’t my usual genre, so I was a bit hesitant to try it, but I was intrigued enough to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did! I never thought I could love something with so much death, blood, and gruesome descriptions as I do this book. Even just writing that makes me wonder who’s taken control of my fingers, but no – it’s still me!

The writing in this is
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not your everyday, run of the mill horror novel. It’s more than that, with an artistry and style to it that’s unusual in the genre. It’s really well encapsulated by the cover design. The cover looks how the book feels, if that makes sense. The book features an unsettling dreamlike tone throughout, and makes you question if you can trust what you’re seeing.

Our protagonist, Nell, is dying from an inoperable brain cancer. She begins seeing the Sewercide Man, the former local serial killer,
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Here's a little tidbit of information about me: If you describe anything as "Heathers meets (insert name here)" or "It's like Heathers" I will show up faster then the Roadrunner. Now a horror novel with Heathers-like elements? You bet your ass I immediately ordered this from amazon. I was so ready to love this book when I sat down to read it, but after finishing it, all I feel is...indifference.

I just don't get it. Is this some sort of surreal slasher? Magical realism with grisly murder? A super
Jessica Bronder
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This story is about several teenagers that have just graduated high school and don’t really know what they want to do with their lives. Nell is one of these kids that has been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor along with several others that have their own demons. But Nell keeps seeing the Sewercide man, this is the local serial killer that Nell discovered dead a couple years earlier. The Sewercide man seems to be everywhere Nell is and initially she thinks she is seeing him as a side effect ...more
Nicole Harris
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, horror
It starts off with a mysterious Facebook post by Nell. She can’t recall writing it, nor does she even understand the reference to something called the Sewercide Man. She is quickly able to do some damage control before her friends see it and question her sanity. Nell proceeds to do what most of the newly graduated kids in the town of Bandon do, go party at Zack’s house. It seems that Nell and her group of friends (frienemies?) are the ones who have no clear plan on what path to take now that the ...more
Psychopomp and Circumstance is about a young woman, Nell, who is going crazy, maybe literally. The town's long-forgotten serial killer, the Sewercide Man, is always where Nell is, always one step ahead. A strange Facebook post appeared on Nell's profile, and she is positive she didn't post it. Now the residents of Bandon are being brought into the craziness, this game, that the Sewercide Man had just created.

Psychopomp and Circumstance is creepy, gruesome and eerie. The perfect recipe for a horr
Bryan Cebulski
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best horror novels I've ever read, though not without its fair share of drawbacks. It's a riff on the Less Than Zero template, except more queer and with more interesting things going on. Complex characters slowly drifting into some abstract kind of corruption. Reminds me of Cronenberg's Shivers in that respect, but in atmosphere really it's much more like the recent It Follows. This book absolutely nails the uncanny. The narrative is ambiguous--intentionally but frustrating--arguably ...more
Samantha Free
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying I’m not usually a horror reader. I started to read Psychopomp and Circumstance initially because I know the author; however, it didn’t take long before I was pulled into the story. It actually had me up until 3 am reading which is not a claim many books in even my preferred genres have been able to make lately. Even knowing what was coming for some of the characters, I still found myself waiting anxiously to see how the events would unfold. I knew going in that I should ex ...more
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