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EPISODE 34: Biting the Bit Vol. 08 – On Horror Literature

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EPISODE 34: Biting the Bit Vol. 08 – On Horror Literature.

Read more scary books!This week Michael and Jason chat about the horror and dark fiction books they’ve been reading along with the books they want to read. They do so in a from the hip sort of style. It was lots of fun, and you’re invited to listen in.

**NOTE: The book by Greg F. Gifune I was trying to remember during this episode is titled THE RAIN DANCERS. Not sure why I keep forgetting that title.**

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Emotions by Clinic
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EPISODE 29: Guest Greg F. Gifune

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Greg F. Gifune

Welcome to Episode 29! This week the great Greg F. Gifune joins your host to discuss books, DarkFuse, writing, developing believable characters, how to create atmosphere in your stories, and his new book, Orphans of Wonderland.

Lords of Twilight by Greg F. Gifune

Cover for Lords of Twilight by Greg F. GifuneLords of Twilight, by Greg F. Gifune, is a difficult book for me to review. So, when things get difficult, some say to start at the beginning. And this beginning has an interesting concept.

Lane Boyce is newly divorced and a former high school teacher who finds himself in a small town in order to get things right with his head. Without giving away too much of the plot or backstory, Lane has suffered some serious accusations in his recent past that led him to where he is: alone, isolated, left behind by the one he loves the most. Perhaps this is rightfully so, perhaps not, but the point is that he needs this time away from everyone to figure out what happened and, with any luck, to heal fresh wounds that refuse to stop bleeding.

The small town he moved to, however, has a problematic recent history of its own. Strange lights are seen in the sky. There’s mutilated livestock and a local farmer is found dead up on a snowy hill with no tracks leading him there. It’s as though he fell from the sky.

As a master of suspense and character development, Greg Gifune does not disappoint. Lane’s journey goes from curious to the weird and surreal pretty quickly. As the story unfolds, we learn more about Lane and why he is in this cabin in the first place. We also learn more about the strange occurrences happening in the town surrounding him.

My biggest complaint about this one is that it felt like it could have been longer. The ending felt a little rushed, in my opinion. This could be simply me wanting more out of a story, but I don’t think so. I really do feel that the mechanics behind the story, Lane’s past corresponding with the strangeness that comes out of the woods in his backyard, could have been explored with much more detail.

What we do have, however, is an exciting glimpse into something tragic and gut wrenching. Not at all a bad thing, really. But I’m not sure this would make for a great first read to anyone new to Gifune’s awesome canon of literature.

It is well worth the read, though. I give it my recommendation unless you’re new to Gifune’s work. If that is the case, then I suggest trying out The Bleeding Season, The Rain Dancers, and/or House of Rain first. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Keep your eyes and ears on Darkness Dwells for more from Greg F. Gifune, coming soon!

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