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DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS

In Taveye, shells take you

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 26, 2015: It was the title that first stirred my curiosity. An evocative mix of poignancy and tension drew me into the story of a depressed man grieving a lost love, who allows himself to be coaxed by chipper pals into a seaside vacation in an oddly gloomy town. At some point, I realized I we were getting into something like Lovecraftian territory. Except . . . Ok, he is the father of supernatural horror, but (heresy) I’ve always found Lovecraft a tough slog. Maybe this could be Lovecraft if he was readable? And had more sympathy for his characters?

I like the kind of horror or weird mystery that’s eerie, rather than gory, and this is a nice example, with an unusual twist.

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