Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Adam Nevill and the Case of the Happy Halloween

So one of the year's horror highlights - though I'd say the pickings have been somewhat slim so far - undoubtedly has to be former pornographer Adam Nevill's Apartment 16. You can read the review entire here.

Now it wasn't an entirely perfect novel, but suffice it to say Adam's time as a night watchman made this superbly creepy luxury London apartment-set narrative one to stick with you long after you've turned that last page.

Needless to say, I'm rather looking forward to the next novel from Mr. Nevill - and what do you know? I just came across an extract of it on the Pan Macmillan page. You should really go read it. It's short and sharp, an ideal bit of whetting. If my little birdies aren't misinforming me, The Ritual is due out in May 2011.

The gent's even composed a bit of flash fiction to help bring in Halloween, hasn't he? That's here. It'll take you all of a minute to get through and you'll be all the readier to poke evil midgets who come begging for candy in the eye - as well you should - once you're done.

What riches!


  1. I've really loved what Nevill has put out so far, and I'm really looking forward to this. That being said, I'm somewhat surprised to hear you say that Apartment 16 was the best horror read of the year - what happened to The Passage? (Just going by your review there; I'd give the prize to Apartment 16 so far, myself).

  2. "One of the year's horror highlights," Hat. Not my own favourite of the lot - I'd take either The Passage or Horns (and they're only the novels I'm remembering) but a bit of good, wholesome spooky fun nonetheless; easily enough that I'm looking forward to The Ritual.