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{Review} THE JOB, by William Meikle

{Review} THE JOB, by William MeikleTHE JOB by William Meikle
Published by Crossroad Press on October 6, 2017
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
Pages: 65
Format: eBook
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Dave Wilson is down on his luck, with gambling debts coming due. He takes on a risky burglary at a Scottish country house, but the job goes badly wrong, and all too soon Dave is embroiled in a fight he wants no part of—an ages-old battle for ownership of the house.

Opposing factions are at work, and both want Dave's help. There are demons to fight, both metaphorical and literal, and there are hard choices to be made, if Dave has the strength to make them.

THE JOB, by William Meikle, is a novella that expands upon his storyline about certain houses that exist, where those with branded sigils can go to connect with those they’ve lost, through a special totem. The story is completely a stand-alone one, but I honestly feel that once you’ve had a taste of the contents, you’ll want to seek out Meikle’s other books dealing with this topic.

“. . . There are places all over the world where the veil between this world and the other is thin . . . “

Dave Wilson, a petty thief, is on his way to a job that he expects will clear up some of his debt to an unsympathetic card shark. Unfortunately, he later realizes that what he is to become entangled in is something that he could have never foreseen.

“. . . when your luck’s on the way down, it’s sometimes on the long way down . . . “

Dave is about to find himself in a feud between rivaling forces–headed by men named Campbell and Robbins, respectively–and find out the true nature of the opulent Stratheyre House.

Meikle excels in setting the stage for this conflict, using fantastic–often Lovecraftian–atmosphere, and gives us a real feel for Dave’s character. Despite his history, Dave has much more to him than what appears on the surface. If his life weren’t on such a downward spiral, you could almost imagine him in other circumstances.

“. . . I knew fear when I saw it; it’s something I see often in the mirror.”

The two factions are at odds with each other for control over this unique location. Dave, in many senses, is simply caught in their crossfire. The journey he takes in this book is frightening and full of twists, deceptions, half-truths, and hidden meanings.

When you don’t know where to turn, which side is “right” and which is “wrong”, you only have your inner, intangible and fallible instincts to guide you.

“. . . Some demons you have to face alone.”

Dave is about to learn that every choice you make leaves a lasting impact.

Personally, I love Meikle’s twist on houses that exist on the borderline, and also recommend his previous stand-alone novellas, BROKEN SIGIL, and PENTACLE.

Highly recommended!

About William Meikle

I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have had books published with a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others.

I live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I’m not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.

I don’t know where the ideas come from. I’m just glad that they come. It’s been over twenty five years now. I think it’s enthusiasm that keeps me going. I just love adventure stories with guns, swords, monsters and folks in peril.

I’m just a big kid at heart.

And therein lies my secret. I haven’t grown up.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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