“She never wanted to leave NightWhere.
But she knew that in the end… it might kill her.”
– John Everson’s NightWhere
The intensity – and audacity – of this narrative is just skull crushing. Everson (Covenant, Siren, The Pumpkin Man, et. al.) has essentially taken a wildly erotic storyline à la Fifty Shades of Grey and grafted it with a deeply disturbing – no, soul chilling – horror reminiscent of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.
NightWhere is about ultimate pleasure mixed with ultimate pain – it’s hardcore horror turned up to 11.
Although the narrative content is definitely not for the faint of heart, those who can stomach a storyline supersaturated with deviant sex and nightmarish torture will find an author at the very top of his game. Powered by impressively strong characterization, relentless pacing, and darkly lyrical atmospherics, this was a novel that was impossible to put down.
Like the curved metal-tipped whips featured throughout NightWhere, readers will be hopelessly hooked by this brutally sensual storyline. You want a Halloween read that you will not soon forget? Pick up NightWhere and enter the Black.
Don't say that I didn't warn you...
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.