Grindhouse Press strikes again!
Lets start. Full disclosure: I have no idea of how to review this book, but Grindhouse Press has been really good to us here at Dead Head Reviews, so I will try.
Have you guys seen that film, The Invitation? (If not, you should) Well, do you remember how for at least half of that film things didn’t seem quite right to the protagonist, but he wasn’t sure if he had enough evidence to justify his paranoia? Do you remember how tense that made you feel?
The first half of J. Peter W’s Luciferin is like that: Sure, weird things are happening, but that’ll happen if both of your parents seemingly have dementia, right? And if a young, strange girl starts showing up at their home calling them “mom and dad,” that really isn’t cause for alarm is it? What about a slightly abnormal amount of fireflies in a town that is always dark?
This book straddles the line between horror and bizarro, and therein lies its strength. It’s as if Bizarro was invited to Horror’s house for a party and had to abide by Horror’s house rules, but by the end of the night, Bizarro stopped following those rules and just decided to be itself.
Here is the hard part. If you’re a bizarro fan, this may not actually be weird enough for you. If you’re a horror fan, it may be too weird. I originally scored this book lower, but I’m having a hard time getting it out of my head, and that’s got to count for something. Plus, I can’t get the ending out of my head. Thanks Peter! Release date is February 3, 2020.
Review by Jason Cavallaro
I received a copy from Grindhouse Press in exchange for review consideration.