Monday, November 25, 2013

Violet Eyes by John Everson

(oversized pb; 2013)

From the back cover:

"The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start.  Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake.  The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed.  But the flies didn't leave.  And then the radios and TVs went silent.

"That's when the spiders came.  Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight.  Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied.  Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh through Violet Eyes."


Violet is a good, old school-style horror novel - it's got bugs, an abusive spouse, a legitimate corporate conspiracy and it's set in Passanattee (fictional, I'm guessing), Florida, where there's plenty of the aforementioned bugs.  Everson's characters' actions and attitudes, if sometimes reader-frustrating, ring true - not only that, the author imbues these characters with surprising but believable character-balance impulses;  the kill-scenes are creative and impressively cinematically icky; the straightforward writing kept me intrigued. . . in short, Everson's solid and spirited writing made feel like I was reading some of the experimental-nature-gone-bloodily-awry novels of my not-long-ago youth.

I didn't care for the ending, but it wasn't out of squeamishness regarding certain characters, it was a preference on my part.  That said, it rang true - like the characters' behavior.

Worth owning, this.

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