A Black and Endless Sky

Dreamscape Audio. Mar. 2022. 11:04 hrs. ISBN 9781666534344. $24.99. HORROR
Lyons (The Night Will Find Us) serves up a slice of bleak cosmic horror drenched in noir. What began as a road trip across the desert for estranged siblings Jonah and Nell Talbot becomes a bloodstained nightmare as they are not only pursued by a ruthless biker gang, but Nell’s body is possessed by something inhuman that could destroy the world. While Nell and Jonah try to stay one step ahead of their human pursuers, they must also try to contain the monster within Nell before it consumes her. There is plenty of horror in this piece, especially as readers see the terrible visions shown to Nell, but the thrumming engine of this book is straight-up noir. All of these characters, voiced by multiple narrators, sling words sharper than any knife or talon, and much of the novel’s violence comes from human hands.
VERDICT This has some truly disturbing elements of possession and cosmic horror, but the real darkness here has more terrestrial origins.
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