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Thursday, February 2, 2017

#Horror Review: The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D'Lacey

Although the post-apocalyptic survival genre has been done to death (no pun intended), there's always room on my shelves for a well-told tale of mankind's demise. Fortunately, not only does The Veil (Testaments I and II) have atmosphere, tension, and genuine sorrow, but it may very well be my favorite Joseph D'Lacey tale yet. Seriously, it takes everything I loved about Black Feathers, mixes in a vintage Skeleton Crew-era King, and runs it through a pulp filter.

The first story, Testament I, starts out like a traditional post-apocalyptic tale, with a small group of ordinary survivors trapped in a single city block, under siege from nocturnal zombie-like monsters. Rather than focus on the fight for survival and the glory of destruction, however, it looks instead at the sorrow, the loneliness, and the helplessness of impending death. It temporarily becomes a story of flight, of escape, and of the hope of rebirth . . . before a Twilight Zone twist knocks you on your ass.

The second story, Testament II, may very well be the creepiest thing I have read in ages. It opens with our narrator suspended in the darkness, deep underground, and stuck to a tentacle-like vine. He can't move, else the vine will crush and tear him into submission, leaving him helpless to evade the blood, shit, and piss raining down on him from above, while fresh screams surround him. He's just one man among many, stuck somewhere in the middle of an endless tower of vegetation. As awful as that is, though, it's the flashbacks to his family's flight into the countryside, the fungal-infested homes, and the strange woman who seduces him away from his wife and son that give the story true meaning. Again, it ultimately turns into a story of desperation and escape, but if you're looking for happy endings and human redemption . . . look elsewhere.

If you're interested in a well-told tale of humanity's sad demise, one that will get inside your head and mess with your emotions, then you need to give The Veil a read.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 26th 2016 by Horrific Tales Publishing

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the author in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds awesome. I have to admit I love when authors don't go the typically happily ever after route and do something unique. I'll have to add this to the (never ending) list!

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  2. This sounds pretty awesome and I like that this doesn't have the happily ever after ending which is great and all but I need something different now and again. Definitely going to check this one out.

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