Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead she discovered a nightmare.
Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even w...more
something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering
Rebecca Hawthorne couldn’t deny it anymore. Her little girl had grown strange since they’d moved to Coyote’s compound. And it wasn’t just her obsession with ghosts and her refusal to use the outhouse. Or her compulsion to find all the dead ravens in the forest and play with them like th ...more
Kind Nepenthe is like nothing else I have ever read. It blends so many fantastic genres; horror, paranormal, contemporary fiction, mystery fiction, crime fiction and is just one of a kind in my humble opinion.
The plot slinks around your mind slowly, infests your brain until ...more
Brockmeyer crafted sympathetic characters from some pretty raw and gritty materials: ex-convicts, meth-heads, a pot king – and then drops in earnest Rebecca and her sweet daughter as two bright lights in this dark mixture. I sank ri ...more
How am I getting so lucky with my book selection lately? Actually, this one is all my friend Emily. She wanted to read it before the end of the year, so I've been buddy reading it with her and our friend Karlee. Yesterday afternoon I was about 20% into it. Last night I picked it up in bed, and finished the rest of it with a burning desire to know the fate of the characters. And that's definitely the strongest part of this no ...more
Beneath the surface was a subtle and malignant threat that was haunting and potentially catastrophic.
Going into Matthew Brockmeyer's Kind Nepenthe, I only had a vague sense of expectation. As with most stories, that's usually best. Within the first thirty pages, he'd achieved the nearly unachievable: he'd gotten a firm grip on his characters, in ways which were admirable and binding. In t ...more
It takes a bit for the story to get going, and I was expecting the horror aspect to go a bit deeper. The cover of the book refers to if ...more
Lending itself to new fiction genre, Brockmeyer has done something within his novel that seldom new writers do today. He lets his characters breathe, live and be nurtured within the confines of the story. His characters are fully realised within their settings but never fall into the stereotypes that most new writers fall int ...more
From the Sci-Fi and Scary review:
Matthew V. Brockmeyer’s debut novel is a gripping thriller, sometimes billed as a country noir. Thrillers aren’t usually something focused on here for Sci-Fi & Scary, but I think there is enough of the supernatural to also consider this, at times, a piece that fits within the horror genre.
I waited until the end to look up possible meanings for the title; nepenthe is defined as “a drug or drink, or the plant ...more
by Matthew V. Brockmeyer
Beautifully scenic, but humanity renders it depressing: Southern Humboldt County in Northern California. KIND NEPENTHE is a literate horror novel (I loved the epigrams the author's chosen), but I prefer to categorize it as Northern California drug culture noir. Populated by an almost completely sorry cast of lowlifes, KIND NEPENTHE only allows some to surface briefly, to try to be “somebody” with purpose, and then submerges them again. Rebecca want ...more
This was a very long slow burn of a story, and it was a struggle to keep reading; it really didn't hold my attention. Most of the characters were unlikable, and I really had a hard time caring much for any of them.
I think if the author had chosen either horror or hick-noir, one or the other, the entire book might have been more cohesive story. As written, it felt like to me that it couldn't ...more
Rebecca, her boyfriend Calendula, and her daughter Megan live in a pot-growing commune in Northern California, working for a man known only as The Coyote. Nearby, Diesel and his son D. J. work fixing cars, waiting for the birth of D. ...more
I’ll definitely be reading more Matthew Brockmeyer, who, for transparency’s sake, I’ve had a few conversations with on Facebook and consider to be a n ...more
I was expecting a full-on horror novel, I think. And although this would definitely be wedged in the horror genre, it was so much more.
Calendula and Rebecca are a couple of dreadlocked hippies living and working in a secluded weed ...more
The novel starts with a careful and interesting introduction to the ensemble of characters. The author takes care to develop each of them as realistic people with developed pasts, motivations, and world views. Most of these ...more
The characters were very well realized. I really felt for the plight of Rebecca and her daughter Megan. Even the sleazy bad guys like Coyote and Diesel were so vividly displayed that I found myself liking them despite their awful ways. Especially Diesel. By the end I couldn't help but sympathize and root for him.
It builds up slowly but about a quarter in really takes off and turns into a total page turner.
The endi ...more
Aside from a single graphically sexual scene, Kind Nepenthe ...more
Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.
Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going ...more
My full review will appear on Kendall Reviews. For here and now, I would just like to say Brockmeyer has created something special with Kind Nepenthe, something I tore through greedily. More comments to come soon...
Even though the characters were not particularly likeable, they were all understandable and sympathetic to a d ...more
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Praise for KIND NEPENTHE:
“Thoroughly suspenseful and haunting”—Kirkus Review ...more