Cemetery Dance. Apr. 2023. 440p. ISBN 9781587678103. $25. HORROR
Little (Gloria), master of the unexplained, takes on that most nightmarish of bureaucratic agencies: the Department of Motor Vehicles. As this riotous horror novel gets going, a large cast of characters finds themselves slowly, inexorably sucked into their local DMV’s swirling nexus of doom: an unemployed man finds himself at a hellish training camp for DMV workers; a writer takes a driving test that becomes increasingly absurd and personal; and a young computer programmer takes on the assignment of updating the agency’s computer systems, netting him job security and a whole lot more. Though the novel clocks in at well over 400 pages, readers will hardly notice, as it is compulsively readable, delightfully chaotic, and laugh-out-loud funny. Little will have readers rooting for a lively ensemble cast fighting back against an all-encompassing bureaucracy.
VERDICT A wild romp that will appeal to readers who like their horror tinted with a little wry humor.
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