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Crawling Darkness Paperback – 4 April 2016
- Publisher : Severed Press (4 April 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 134 pages
- ISBN-10 : 192549313X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1925493139
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.79 x 20.32 cm
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So, along come Adam Cesare and Cameron Pierce with ‘Crawling Darkness’ and, as you can probably see from the cover art, it’s about eels…These two collaborated last year on another creature tale called ‘Bottom Feeders’ a tale about giant catfish, weird cults and casinos! It had the trademark Cesare style horror mixed in with a little weirdness courtesy of Cameron Pierce. The book was great fun. As a keen fisherman I love these sorts of stories and am always on the lookout for more.
‘Crawling Darkness’ takes place in Philadelphia – the Schuylkill River that runs through it to be exact. When a jogger discovers a man being eaten by a group of blood thirsty eels the scene is set for some top notch creature carnage. These bioluminescent monsters aren’t your average eel. They seem to have a level of intelligence and cunning that makes them a deadly foe.
I really liked this. Shadowy government operatives, great one-liners, an explosive ending and eels that will do anything to get inside of you….and I mean anything (bathroom scene!) this is another fun romp from the Legion of Doom, tag team that is Adam Cesare and Cameron Pierce. Again, it has the trademark horror stylings of Cesare and the quirkiness of Cameron’s writing. As with their last release together it doesn’t feel disjointed, despite two writers working on it. In fact it’s just great fun!
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Genre darlings Cameron Pierce and Adam Cesare have teamed up before, most notably for their great monster novel “Bottom Feeders,” which featured remarkably scary killer catfish.
Cesare, a Philadelphia-based horror author with a background in film, has been widely published to much critical acclaim. His monthly column at Cemetery Dance Online — Paper Cuts — explores the often at-odds worlds of written and filmic horror, a chasm the author seeks to bridge in his criticism and novels.
Pierce is the very definition of a bridge, a writer/publisher who got his start in the gonzo sphere of bizarro horror but who has steadily widened the gyre of his undeniable talent into affecting poetry, hard-boiled prose, and incisive essay.
Combining the eccentricity of Pierce and Cesare’s cinematic horror, Crawling Darkness (Severed Press) reads like the rabid child of Slither and Jaws with Quentin Tarantino directing. The story takes place over a few days in that part of Philadelphia that lines the Schuylkill River. Some sort of shadowy government experiment has produced a ravenous species of cunning, bioluminescent eels that — when together in a swarm — can devour a human being in minutes.
The story starts with a few isolated attacks, witnessed by or involving what seem unrelated individuals: an affluent jogger, a conspiracy theorist searching for her alien-abducted husband, a mentally unstable man obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles, a lowly employee of the Natural Sciences Museum, a Fish and Game agent. As the eels begin to reproduce at an exponential rate and flee the river during a rainstorm, the hidden connections among these characters are gradually revealed, and the organic narrative that emerges is handled with deft and theatrical ease.
The story slides in quasi-parody in spots, especially as concerns the government operatives who bungle their attempts at stopping the eels. This ineptitude leads to an abrupt and cataclysmic ending that — while consistent with the general failure of authorities to do anything useful against the eels — felt a little too easy (though it certainly was amusing).
Though I wasn't ecstatic about the resolution, the amazing writing, great dialogue, and horrific action sequences (frying pan! eels in the toilet!) made the book an entertaining and worthwhile read for any fan of B-movie monsters. Here’s hoping Cesare and Pierce collaborate often, plumbing the depths of rivers, lakes and our collective pool of primal fears.
Is there a legion of killer eels in those waters?
The book--which is the best Cesare-Pierce collaboration yet--does another favor for the horror genre: it makes Men in Black their own breed of monster again.
The best part, though, may be the characters. Even the ones who show up for a brief amount of time are given enough dimension to care about their fate in this fast-paced, insane monster novella.