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Bleak November Tired of living in a cramped, ultramodern apartment, Amy Burton and her husband jump at the chance to move into a large, commodious house on the outskirts of town, the generous gift of Amy s mother in lawBut this hastily renovated house, which has been moved intact from its former site, is a repository of terrible secrets, bloody deeds, and scenes of horror Now there are inexplicable cries in the night a huge black dog scratches frantically at the front doorA Gothic with a difference, Bleak November is marked by a strong narrative thrust, convincing characterizations, and a superb handling of atmospheric effects, all the chilling for being built into the context of a bland, prosaic setting Thank you, Mark Monday, for your tip on this excellent little chiller I am not a big fan of the paranormal, so when I come across a story that is as intricately plotted as this, as creepy, with such interesting and well drawn characters, and whose resolution does not involve blowing ectoplasm up my ass well, I m in horror heaven If I had to sum up the theme of Bleak November, it would be to say it s essentially a story about finding a home We first meet Amy Eric, a married couple struggl Thank you, Mark Monday, for your tip on this excellent little chiller I am not a big fan of the paranormal, so when I come across a story that is as intricately plotted as this, as creepy, with such interesting and well drawn characters, and whose resolution does not involve blowing ectoplasm up my ass well, I m in horror heaven If I had to sum up the theme of Bleak November, it would be to say it s essentially a story about finding a home We first meet Amy Eric, a married couple struggling financially and living in a small apartment On an outing with Eric s mother Laura, who raised him as a hard working, struggling single mom, they find this house that s recently been wholly relocated Laura buys the house, and thus it becomes a first home for all three What they come to learn is that it was a final home for its previous owners a policeman, his wife, and their eight children all killed by his hand.Once they move in, Laura doesn t stick around too long, and what we eventually come to learn about her own origins puts her face on a particularly strange milk carton.To make ends meet, Amy decides to take in boarders Boarding, to my mind, is a residency which has a tenuous air about it The boarders include a housekeeper and her autistic son, whose outbursts have made it difficult for them to settle anywhere for very long, as well as a teenage girl fresh off the farm, eager to escape the limits of her former home Two non resident characters integral to the plot are Igor and Elaina, who are living together in what appears to be a temporary arrangement Igor is a man who radiates rootlessness Elaina is his pregnant girlfriend, desperate to stay rooted till she gives birth So all these disparate characters share a mutual transient state Some will find home happily Elaina , some not so happily teenage boarder Elsbeth , and some will find that a house is not necessarily a home.O Grady draws parallels between the two most haunted characters in the book Bobby, the former family s spooked dog who ran off in terror during the bloodbath, and Amy, who is haunted by the bloodbath Tormented Amy pleads with a feckless self absorbed Eric to leave the house, to no avail I yearned for her to go find Bobby and hit the friggin road At the end, we learn that both a very wounded Bobby and Amy do find homes But just as it happened with O Grady s other characters one happily, and one not so much It was bleak, that s for sure Bleak and boring While I was skipping around, it did have some scary parts, which I didn t like because they were too scary Overall, the story rambled When you find out why the house was so cheap, you just get depressed, at least I did.


About the Author: Rohan O'Grady

Rohan O Grady is the pseudonym for June Margaret O Grady Skinner, who also wrote as A Carleon.O Grady began writing poetry and stories as a young child and ventured into full length fiction in her late thirties after her marriage to newspaper editor Frederick Skinner.June Skinner has resided in West Vancouver since 1959.


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