Published by Crossroad Press on October 6, 2017
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
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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.