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{Review} Blackout by Tim Curran

by Tim Curran
Published by Darkfuse on Aug 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic, Horror
Pages: 234
Format: eBook
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“The story I am about to tell you is about what happened after the lights went out. I’m going to tell you what happened to your beautiful green world and the people that called it home. Understand, it’s not a happy story and there is no moral. It’s not that kind of story.”

True that.

Blackout starts out so normal. So very mundane, even. A bunch of middle class folks, in a middle class neighborhood, have just finished up with a little get-together where one neighbor grabbed another wife’s butt and one wife got a bit too drunk for her own good. They could be anyone’s neighbors.And that’s what makes the book so damned frightening. This setup lulls you into thinking this could happen to you and this is why, when it all went to hell, I enjoyed it so much.

As night sets in a storm starts, the lights go out and sticky tentacles drop from the sky. Those who first peek outside to investigate don’t return. A small band of survivors are witness to atrocities beyond belief and to say much more would spoil the whole thing for you.

I’ll just say it’s fascinating and gruesome and so realistic it’ll probably make your skin crawl.

If you’re looking for an imaginative horror story with an ending that makes so much sense it will probably haunt you, you’ll be wanting to give this a read. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

About Tim Curran

Tim Curran hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He is the author of the novels Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, Hag Night, The Devil Next Door, Long Black Coffin, Graveworm, and Biohazard. His short stories have been collected in Bone Marrow Stew and Zombie Pulp. His novellas include Fear Me, The Underdwelling, The Corpse King, Puppet Graveyard, Sow, and Worm. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Flesh&Blood, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman, as well as anthologies such as Flesh Feast, Shivers IV, High Seas Cthulhu, and Vile Things.


Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.


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