Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Final Reconciliation - by Todd Keisling - A bright mix of old and new in this enjoyable novella

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

First, some background on The King in Yellow.  Prior to season one of HBO's True Detective series, few people ever heard of Robert W. Chambers or his book of short stories by the same name.  According to Wikipedia the book is named after a play with the same title.  The first half of the book features highly esteemed weird stories, and has been described by critics as a classic in the field of the supernatural. There are ten stories, the first four of which mention The King in Yellow, a forbidden play which induces despair or madness in those who read it.

In The Final Reconciliation, Todd Keisling introduces readers to the fictional heavy metal band The Yellow Kings.  It's been years since that fateful final performance at a small L.A. nightclub.  Miles Hargrove and his producer are interviewing Aidan Cross, looking for the true story of their one and only performance of The Final Reconciliation.  

The band was just starting to make a name for themselves when in walks a gypsy woman calling herself Camilla Bierce.  She showed up shortly after the band had released an EP and were embarking on a cross-country tour.  We blew the doors off every place we played. Every night we took a bow together on stage, every night we piled back into the van, and every night Carmilla came along for the ride.

Keisling proves himself to be a master storyteller weaving a believable tale of an up-and-coming band with Chambers' mystique from The King in Yellow.  When speaking of the time the band spent recording in L.A.,   ...we never really left that dim Carcosa.  That's what Carmilla called it, you see. She never said 'Los Angeles' or 'LA'  It was always Carcosa to her.

That should be enough to whet your appetite for this first-rate novella.  Even the ending of The Final Reconciliation is about as good as it gets, and as a result this book receives my highest recommendation.

Now available for the Kindle from Crystal Lake Publishing. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge.  Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

From the author's bio - Todd Keisling is a writer of horror and speculative fiction, as well as the author of the novels A Life Transparent and The Liminal Man (a 2013 Indie Book Award Finalist), and the forthcoming collection Ugly Little Things.  Born in Kentucky, he now lives with his wife and son somewhere near Reading, Pennsylvania.

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