HASTY FOR THE DARK: Selected Horrors
By Adam Nevill
A Dark Sensory Experience
These selected terrors range from the speculative to supernatural horror, encompass the infernal and the occult, and include stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Aickman and Ramsey Campbell.
Hasty for the Dark is the second short story collection from the award-winning and widely appreciated British writer of horror fiction, Adam L. G. Nevill. The author’s best horror stories from 2009 to 2015 are collected here for the first time.
The hardest journeys in life and death are taken underground.
No blackmail is as ghastly as extortion from angels.
A swift reckoning often travels in handheld luggage.
Once considered inhumane and now derelict, this zoo may not be as empty as assumed.
A bad marriage, a killer couple, and part of a wider movement.
No sign of life aboard an abandoned freighter, but what is left below deck tells a strange story.
The origin of our species is not what we think.
In destitution, the future for revolution and mass murder is so bright.
Your memories may not be your own, and your life nothing more than a ritual that will compel you to perform an atrocity . . .
As stated in the official synopsis, this is a collection of speculative and supernatural horror. But, while the noted inspirations and muses are delicately obvious in each story, Nevill’s incredible prose and gift for imagery is his own. The stories in the Hasty for the Dark collection are a dark sensory experience of enigmatic horror. Nevill takes real world situations and science and pushes the envelope of speculation and reality.
Although I could easily wax eloquent on all of the stories in Hasty for the Dark, for brevity I shall highlight my personal favorites.
Angels of London presents as a dark thriller. You have a man navigating real world struggles, but his story becomes more and more ominous as it progresses, building to a gruesome and chilling conclusion. I found this one particularly moving due to the frightening realism throughout the story. I had to put the book down for a bit after finishing this one. It is, ultimately, my favorite of the collection.
Always in our Hearts gets a compulsory mention because the building tension was physically painful. It is a very well executed story. Very Edgar Allen Poe.
The Days of Our Lives was particularly mind scrambling for me. It presents an ominous opening and progresses with a slight Lovecraftian bent of nightmarish imagery and occurrences that illustrate real world domestic issues taken to an otherworldly level. Although I initially found the demonism of fetishism to be a bit unwarranted, I ultimately realized that any and all actions can fall to darkness through intention. My personal discomfort at the content and progression of the story is why it speaks to me so and why I count it as a favorite. Horror should make you uncomfortable in some way.
Finally, I must spotlight Hippocampus. Hippocampus is the stuff of classic literature. Nevill’s dark prose produces haunting, ghastly imagery in words that would actually be beautiful if read aloud. This particular story inspires me to want this collection in hard copy upon the shelf. It is masterfully done.
In conclusion I would have to say that this collection is beautiful. It defies the horror genre by presenting the horrific with flowing words and smooth tempos. Poe himself would be rendered sober by it.
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About the Author: Adam Nevill
Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the horror novels: ‘Banquet for the Damned’, ‘Apartment 16’, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’, ‘House of Small Shadows’, ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, ‘Lost Girl’, and ‘Under a Watchful Eye’. His first short story collection, ‘Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors’, is published on Halloween, 2016.
His novels, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’ and ‘No One Gets Out Alive’ were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. ‘The Ritual’ and ‘Last Days’ were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Six of his novels are currently in development for film and television.
Adam also offers two free books to readers of horror: ‘Cries from the Crypt’, downloadable from his website, and ‘Before You Sleep’ available from major online retailers.
Adam lives in Devon, England.
More information about the author and his books is available at: http://www.adamlgnevill.com/