by Jasper Bark
Totally loved this book from start to finish, another awesome production from JB. As an author, he is brilliantly skilled at luring you in with humour only to slap you about the face with a rotting dead fish.
Many times, throughout this tale I had that unnerving feeling, you know that bit where you laugh because you are too shocked, frightened or embarrassed to do anything else.
The plot centres around Jim McLeod (yes him of Ginger Nuts of Horror blog fame) he is cast as the cemetery groundskeeper with some strange and extra nocturnal activities. JB throws in a local Professor who wants to do a local study in the graveyard, a concerned yet oddly involved Priest Power (yup Kit Power of God Bomb!) and his strange boss, Phil Sloman; again, THAT Phil Sloman, author of Becoming David.
Sadly, the first death (of many!) falls to one of these characters and he is defiled and decimated in unfathomable ways, and so begins the rampant race to kill Jim McLeod.
JB wrote this novel in a strange but awesome style, rotating slowly back in time at each section of the story, a very clever way to propel and explain a storyline.
How the dark bleeds is bonus content and Wow what a story. It felt like I had read some ancient text with all the references to bygone myths, beings, battles and beliefs – that said there IS a great academic (yet easy to read) article at the end for the real deal. It was wonderful to have my brain stretched.
A disturbed young lady is struggling with her blood, basically it wants to leave and have a life of its own. A back and forth narrative with snippets of information that fleshes out the surrounding the story gives a disorientating feel of terror.