Psychopomp and Circumstance
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 ...more
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...more
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.
This particular evil force is the memorable Sewercide Man (a lovely name for a mon ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Our protagonist, Nell, is dying from an inoperable brain cancer. She begins seeing the Sewercide Man, the former local serial killer, ...more
I just don't get it. Is this some sort of surreal slasher? Magical realism with grisly murder? A super ...more
Psychopomp and Circumstance is creepy, gruesome and eerie. The perfect recipe for a horr ...more