Welcome to Clifton Heights, New York. Just another average Adirondack town, and nice enough in its own right.
Except after dark, or under the pale light of the moon. Or in a very private doctor's office at Clifton Heights General Hospital, where no one can hear you scream. Or on a road out of town that never ends, or in an old house sitting on the edge of town with a mind - and will - of its own.
Maybe you shouldn't have left the interstate, my friend. Maybe you should've driven on to the next town.
But you didn't. You saw our sign, turned down our road, figuring on just a short stay. And maybe it will be.
Or maybe you'll never leave.
Anyway, pay a visit to The Skylark Diner. I'll be there. Pull up a chair and let me tell you about our town. It's nice enough, it really is.
Except after dark. Or on cold winter days when no one is around, and you're all alone...
Things Slip Through by Kevin Lucia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I began following Lucia to glean reading suggestions from him so, naturally, I started reading him when he started publishing.
I read parts of this book as short stories (and I read them out of order but this only emphasized a Lovecraftian influence). This is a collection of short stories uniquely linked to develop an entire town that is, more or less, possessed.
Like many horror movie sagas, this book left me with many questions while the answers are only vaguely hinted at, leaving this world wide open for a second (and third and fourth) installment.
Which brings me to my next point. I know Lucia credits the Twilight Zone for inspiration and I see it -the book invites me into another world that's slipping into another world- but I was reminded strongly of Stephen King's Maine, probably because many of the "short stories" have a strong horror slant.
I'm ready for those future installments of Lucia's world. I want to see what happens in Clifton Heights
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