The Second Feast
By Jonathan Winn
Evocative and Enthralling
Eidolon Avenue: Where the secretly guilty go to die.
One building. Five floors. Five doors per floor. Twenty-five nightmares feeding the hunger lurking between the bricks and waiting beneath the boards.
The sequel to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast returns to the voracious Eidolon as it savors The Second Feast.
A narcoleptic man in apartment 2A battles a vengeful past determined to rob him of everything as he runs from the barbaric disaster of a delusional love. A woman in 2B, reinventing herself to please a callous boyfriend, discovers the horrors that wait in the shadows of her self-renovation. The man in 2C, a teacher at the nearby Catholic girl’s school, collapses beneath the brutal consequences of his lecherous desires. An older woman in 2D, after decades dedicated to the church, is cornered at last by the grisly carnage beating at the hollow center of her faith. And a college student in 2E, hungry to escape an ignored life of invisible anonymity, finds herself captured between the pages of a ravenous book.
All thrown into their own private hell as every cruel choice, every drop of spilled blood, every silent, complicit moment of cowardice is remembered, resurrected and relived to feed the ancient evil that lives on Eidolon Avenue.
As indicated in the synopsis, Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast by Jonathan Winn is a collection about an apartment building that is basically a dark alter where one is sacrificed to one’s own inner demons. As I read each story, I found myself filled with a building awe and growing dread as characters were revealed and events unfolded. This, of course, was followed by shock and/or horror at the respective climax and conclusion of each tale, which varied accordingly. The story of apartment 2B in particular was uncomfortably evocative, while the story of 2C might need a warning label for those of sensitive emotional constitutions.
I am ridiculously enamored with Jonathan Winn’s writing style. It flows like dark poetry, evocative and enthralling. I was honestly reminded of Poe. Just as his horror poetry and prose can invade your mind and heart and dreams for days, so, too, are the works of Winn. But Winn’s stories are his own, each unique in its fashion in spite of the connection that is the physical setting.
This shelf-worthy collection of tales will indeed grace the shelves of my library as soon as it is available. Not only do I recommend it highly, I encourage you to seek out The First Feast as I intend to do.
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About the Author: Jonathan Winn
In addition to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast, Jonathan Winn is a screenwriter and author of Martuk …the Holy (A Highlight of the Year, 2012 Papyrus Independent Fiction Awards), Martuk … the Holy: Proseuche (Top Twenty Horror Novels of 2014, Preditors & Editors Readers Poll), the upcoming Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast and Martuk … the Holy: Shayateen and The Martuk Series (The Wounded King, The Elder, Red and Gold, The Tall Priest), an ongoing collection of short fiction inspired by Martuk…
His work can also be found in Horror 201: The Silver Scream, Writers on Writing, Vol. 2, and Crystal Lake’s Tales from the Lake, Vol. 2, with his award-winning short story Forever Dark.