I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.WHISPERS: Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness" by Kristin Dearborn
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Published by Lovecraft eZine Press on November 9, 2016
Genres: Cosmic Horror, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi
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A tale inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's The Whisperer in Darkness...
Hurricane Irene tore through the dark, wood-choked Vermont hills. In its passing, the rivers bled thick with fallen trees, wildlife carcasses, and, if you looked closely, stranger things. Sarah Sorrell made the mistake of looking very closely indeed. Even so, it all might still have been all right—if she hadn’t felt the need to dig further.
One afternoon in late fall, she finds a girl out in the driving rain, running from brutality. The wise choice is to leave the girl to chance. But Sarah knows the secrets that the forests hide, and why so many hitch-hikers vanish around here. She decides to give the girl a lift. As the two of them drive off into the storm, they have no idea of the journey they’re starting out on...
A chilling novel of the deep Vermont night, Whispers draws on the rich traditions of H. P. Lovecraft to weave the darkest of spells.
You don’t have to be familiar with H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness” (1931) in order to appreciate Kristin Dearborn’s WHISPERS: Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness”. However, Daniel Mills provides enough of a “background” to the foundations of this Loveraftian tale in his beautifully written introduction. It all began with the thought of “something(s)” being washed away by a savage storm . . .
Dearborn takes this thought, and places her story in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, 2011. Her main characters are Sarah–a woman native to the area who knows all too well what dangers are about–and Neveah, a drug user and prostitute hitchhiking to get away from the murderous hands of her pimp, Dean. These well fleshed-out characters and their stories are completely her own, as is the mesmerizing, fluid writing style.
Neveah, ironically named “Heaven”–spelled backwards–has never known anything except a harsh, violent lifestyle. She doesn’t quite know what to make of Sarah, a caring woman who honestly wants to help, and isn’t familiar with the kind of life that Neveah has only known.
“. . . It was weird to think there were really people like that . . . who weren’t intimate with violence. How would you realize you were alive without it? Wouldn’t you lose touch with yourself if parts of you didn’t hurt?”
At only @ 100 pages, this novella could fly by, but I found myself purposely taking my time and carefully noting each character’s words, emotions, motivations, and inner thoughts. When the main threat Sarah fears is introduced to the readers, it is nothing short of a shockingly vivid horror that immediately sent my mind racing with all kinds of terrible possibilities. In fact, I felt the entire story was wholly captivating from the first to the last page. However, it was Dearborn’s incredibly detailed characterization–extended even to some of those with “lesser” roles–that made me want to absorb every minute with them.
“Neveah wondered what it was like, having a heart to break.”
In my opinion, H.P. Lovecraft, himself, would be honored to read this story inspired by one of his own.
About Kristin Dearborn
If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs, zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe.
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.