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Murder in Montague Falls: Noir-Inspired Novellas by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton & Patrick Thomas Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07X5GLPGD
- Publisher : Crazy 8 Press (1 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 5818 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0998364185
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The first is a story about a troubled boy engrossed in an improbable fantasy world that becomes tangled in the mirror of an equally improbable real world. The second tells a chilling tale of three youngsters throwing themselves into Satanism. The third draws its violent action from a desperately misplaced and dangerous affair between a teacher and a pupil.
All are based in the same town, which neatly ties the three novellas into a single volume, although the action of the three stories is unrelated, occurs in different time periods, and the town itself doesn’t feature in any significant way as a unifying “character” across the three stories. I’d have liked it if it had done – I felt that closer collaboration in this project by the three authors could have allowed more capital to be drawn from the one-town-three-stories device.
This is a side-grumble however, because actually the stories hang well together and do have a coherence that makes the reading experience an intense and unified one. What ties them together is the deeper preoccupation about adolescence that broods through all of them. Adolescence isn’t generally a fun time, fraught as it generally is with unmanageable yearnings, anxiety and disfiguring pimples. These stories capture well that adolescent universe in which the possibilities of the adult world suddenly gape open, alluring, contemptible and terrifying in equal measure; in which friends are all important and one’s whole identity pivots on precarious social networks whose group imperatives can overwhelm. To shine these tensions through the prism of 'noir' or 'horror” is appropriate – both are genres that tap into the residual adolescent in all of us – and the outcome is a memorable splash of darkness."
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This neat formula works well in this tightly written collection. The writing perfectly captures its themes of growing up and coming to understand the world at the edge of the darkest of fantasies and the darkest of realities.
In the first story, a paperboy fantasizes about becoming a spy and assassin, and ends up encountering the real thing. In the second, three youngsters, led (as tends to be the way) by the most damaged of them, explore the possibilities of negotiating with Satan. In the third, a pupil falls for his teacher, and is murderously manipulated by her.
All of the stories have moments where fantasy and reality merge and the distinction between them is uncertain. Different moralities and obligations and sets of rules interweave. The reality of deeds, the awfulness of what is going on, what is being risks, cannot quite be comprehended. The steps waking boredom into nightmare are tempting, uncertain, contingent. This was beautifully captured and reflects the adolescent consciousness: the moment when so much of the brain is fully developed, acute, intense, but the frontal lobes – the control panel of adult personality, charged with emotional expression, problem solving, judgment, sexual behaviors, understanding of consequences – is still incomplete and subject to massive swings and changes. No wonder adolescents are so dangerous! No wonder so many lives get broken in that transition! Coming from my own preoccupations – thinking so much recently about prison reform and how we treat offenders, particularly those who go to prison young – I could not help seeing in this clever collection a kind of commentary on youthful criminality, in all its excitement, danger and tragedy.
But enough of this! The authors did not ask me to think of these things. The authors wrote three intriguing stories, all of which play roam playfully through the noir and horror territory, taking little detours into their familiar locations and looking around with one eye raised askance, the other twinkling.
Well done these stories. I enjoyed them.