This morning I decided to get some ideas for my introduction to Steve Cotterill’s Fallen by looking at last week’s article. Only one problem: it wasn’t there.
So I went digging through my posts, expecting to find that I had once again written an article then forgotten to post it.
There is literally nothing there. Not an article, not a draft, nothing. I completely forgot to write an introduction to C. Charel Kunz’ Reborn last week.
Life with epilepsy: it’s a thing. But it’s a thing you won’t remember.
So, with sincere apologies to Ms. Kunz, here are two introductions to the latest properties from Ash Falls.
You all know my phobia about hospitals, yes? The emergency rooms, the operating theaters, the shared rooms where everyone speaks quietly to avoid disturbing the dying person in the next bed…yeah. Hospitals. Not my thing.
So, I will admit that the opening to Reborn scared me more than any other piece I have read associated with Ash Falls.
Loss of identity. Inutterable longing. Voices from beyond. And, through it all, completely evil hospital staff in a completely evil hospital. Did I say evil twice? I meant it.
This character and this setting belong in Ash Falls. No politics, no vampires, no werewolves. At least, not yet. Just some of the scariest atmospheric writing I have read in a long time. I put down the first episode and was this close to calling Ms. Kunz and demanding to know what happens next.
Reborn is now available at Fiction Vortex. And has been for two weeks, since I forgot to write it up last week. Sigh. I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Because, you know, epilepsy.
Apologies to the author. Again.
Horror has common themes, or “tropes.” It is one of those things that makes a new book in a specific genre easy to approach while you work out plot elements. There will be familiar sign posts along the way.
And then there is Fallen.
The protagonist is not at all what you would expect. In fact, he is a disembodied petty criminal of Kurdish descent. Get all that? I am not even giving up spoilers by telling you that: this is all established on the first page.
Then it gets really weird.
I have seen more of the character of Ash Falls in Fallen than in any other story I’ve read, including my own. Given that I created Ash Falls, that is kinda impressive. It is a view of the city from the bottom looking up. You thought Brian Drake was a broken character? He has nothing on Jay, the protagonist from Fallen. He takes existentialism to a whole new level.
The protagonist is most certainly not a “good guy.” There are a host of antagonists. Everything from familial relationships to social interactions is skewered. The primary bad guy erupts from the pages in an explosion of supernatural activity.
Seriously, take a look at Episode 1. You will never look at Ash Falls the same way again.
I know I sure didn’t.
Still Creeped Out,