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809 Jacob Street Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01C115PIW
- Publisher : Eclectic Trio; 2 edition (20 February 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1251 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 196 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,166,279 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have a lot of nice things to say.
I finished 809 Jacob Street two days ago, and so far, I've been unable to read anything else. I begin to read, and my mind just starts drifting back to this novella. It's... OK, yeah, it's haunting me.
Marty Young is a writer of rare talent. He manages to interweave the mundane and supernatural so skilfully you never see or feel the joins. He draws you outside the lines, behind the curtain, out of the blue and into the black, and does it with such grace and skill that it's only in retrospect that you realise how dark your surroundings have become, how unfamiliar the landmarks are.
How far away you are from home.
That same alienation, the same feeling of slipping through the cracks, haunts the two main protagonists of this tale. Mr. Young carries us along the twin tracks of the narrative effortlessly, building the sense of wrongness and dislocation brick by careful brick. He also introduces us to the best realised group of child characters I've encountered in a horror tale since Stephen King's IT.
To say any more would be to deny you the pleasure of discovery. I have no intention of doing this. But I urge you to treat yourself to a trip down Jacob Street.
You will come back changed.
In his debut novel Marty Young has created a creepy little town named Parkton, Oregon. One of those towns with a past it would like to keep quiet. No need for a nosey, fourteen year-old, newcomer trying to learn what happened at 809 Jacob Street.
The rumors of mass murder and disappearing kids vary greatly and Byron James just wants to know the truth. Byron's not the only one drawn to the house, there are his new friends Iain and Hamish and a disturbed former bluesman, Joey Blue, all destined to find themselves at Parkton' s darkest address.
809 Jacob Street may be Marty Young's first published novel, but he's certainly paid his dues, both as an award winning editor and as the founding President of the Australian Horror Writers Association and one of the creative minds behind Midnight Echo Magazine.
Young' s talent is is clear, particularly his keen eye for descriptive text. "Byron James glanced up from his contemplations and stared at his new friend. Iain Cluson' tangled mop of hair and thick eyebrows made him look like a crazy cartoon character, a mad scientist in shorts and a Darth Vader t-shirt. He was the oldest amongst them, closing in on fifteen. Four months older than Byron and five months more than the third member of their gang, Hamish Aidenson, who was a head taller than Iain and a whole world more silent than anyone Byron had met before. Hamish was thin, too, so thin that a good gust of wind would fill his clothes like sails and take him far away from here. His brown hair was long and shaggy, reminding Byron of Beaker, that poor muppet who had a perpetual look of fright on his face. Guess that meant Iain was Dr. Bunsen Honeydew."
This is the first time in a long time that I actually got chills while reading a book. The author managed to build tension slowly and brought it all to a brutal crescendo.
I also liked the cover design and beautiful interior illustrations from David Schembri.
All told, 809 Jacob Street is a wonderful first novel for Marty Young and first release for new Publisher, Black Beacon Books.
The introduction to the homeless old blues man, Joey Blue, was somehow like meeting someone I already knew but didn't know. If that makes any sense. In any case, I was captivated by him, by his sense of the world around him ("Damn raindrops reflectin' pity everywhere he looked.") and his sense of his place within that world:
"There was a maze of alleys in this town, more than there should be in a place this size. It sometimes felt to him that he wasn't really in Parkton at all, that the town had hold of him by the coattails while he flapped and wailed in some other city."
Joey is haunted by the faceless shadows of other street urchins "haunting the silent streets, peeking from gloomy alleyways like a constant background to the town of Parkton". But are they real? Or are they just the crazed imaginings of an old guy who drinks a bit too much? Or does it matter? Oh, it matters alright. It matters very much. But I'll leave that to the reader to discover. And that, in a way, is what made this story so alluring for me. What is real and what isn't? The author blends the real and the unreal so seamlessly that you're never really sure which is which.
And then there's the title on that creepily seductive cover: 809 Jacob Street. Now we're really into a mystery and we're introduced to a group of teenage boys who live in the town. They're anything but cardboard cutouts inserted simply for the sake of convenience to carry the story forward. The author has fleshed out each of these kids so well that readers will soon see each one in living, breathing color. They are quite aware of the rumors about that house down at 809 Jacob Street. But are they just that? Rumors? Is it just the stuff of urban legend? Well, you know how it is with teenagers, full of curiosity and daring. They have to find out the truth for themselves.
Although this is Marty Young's first novel, believe me it's anything but amateur. 809 Jacob Street is as well written and well crafted as anything the master, Stephen King, ever penned. I can say with confidence, if you enjoy the kind of stories woven by King, you will definitely enjoy 809 Jacob Street. You're in for a wild ride.
"There's things down that road that are only suited for nightmares," said the old man, dragging him back into the now. "And there's only one fella you'll find down that road, and that's the man who'll fill your nights. You wanna know about that place, keep askin' and you'll soon find out who comes to answer." (Excerpt from Chapter-5 of 809 Jacob Street).
Byron and his chums decide to go check out 809 Jacob Street. But first Byron wants to find any and all information he can find about this frightening place. Try as he might he could find nothing about this weird place out of all the books he searched through. But if he was going to find out the truth about this place he would have to dig deeper.
What lives at 809 Jacob Street? Is it a ghost? A vampire? A murderer? Or the demons in each persons soul? No one in the town of Parkton that has been there is ever the same. Most who leave never return at all and the rest just don’t want to talk about it. Are you willing to find out what lies behind the door of the most frightening and talked about address in Parkton?
If you like to read books that make you leave the light on, then this is definitely the book for you. Be careful though it may just get it’s hands on you and you'll never escape...
There is no denying that Marty Young is a great writer. I've read plenty of his short fiction over the years and it's been consistently fantastic.
There is a great premise here - the only drawback for me is that I had to read the first 85% of the book to get any sense of payoff.
Slow burn is the description that comes to mind - the burn was very slow and I thought that the second main character would feature more strongly in the last scenes.
I'm giving 809 Jacob Street 4 stars, because while this book didn't fire on all cylinders for me - I'm sure it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a gentle slide into a very disturbing haunted house story.