Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: “Dark Hollow” by Brian Keene, Deadite Press, 2006, 284 pages.

I am sure most of you have heard that this volume, scribed by two-time Bram Stoker Award winner Brian Keene, has been optioned for the big screen, or at the very least DVD. Filming is scheduled to begin in spring 2013 and, who knows, maybe a future review of the celluloid version will appear in this column. This celebrated version of the satyr myth has been met with many rave reviews. At this point – for those who have forgotten their Greek mythology – the satyr was a half men-half goat creature whose sexual appetite was as tall as the mighty trees of the forest in which he dwelled. The satyr’s mesmerizing flute music could spirit away any and all women he desired.

“Dark Hollow” reads as a deeply personal memoir of a man who was used to being completely in tune with his psyche, but is now having that psyche continually assaulted, raped and murdered by some external force. Its origin is just as ethereal and primeval as it erupts outward, acting out as a raw extension of himself, against himself.

While not quite true “horror”, this is a classical story in the realm of dark fantasy involving magic, potions and mythical beasts. This is a tale thick with confessions and action, sexual imagery and lush description. Although the subject matter is personally not my cup of tea, this is a well-constructed tale that not only entertains, but engages the reader in a lesson in classical mythology.

Buy this book before the movie hits the big screen.

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