Thursday, September 20, 2018
Review: The Bad Neighbor - by David Tallerman
There's a new publisher I think we're going to hear a lot about in the coming months. They call themselves Flame Tree Press and they plan to publish both established authors and new voices in horror and the supernatural, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as science fiction and fantasy.
Their first set of novels include Creature by Hunter Shea, The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner, The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz, The Sky Woman by J.D. Moyer, Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Cambell and the book I'll be reviewing today, The Bad Neighbor by David Tallerman.
What to do with an inheritance of 54,300 pounds. Well, if you're young and desperate to own your own home and want to pay cash you can buy a bit of a fixer-upper in a bad neighborhood, but then you might wind up with a bad neighbor the way Oliver Clay did.
When one bad decision leads to your life falling apart, a person is likely to make even worse decisions in a desperate attempt to pull it back together.
Even though David's story is set in his native England, Americans can certainly relate to what's going on here, as his neighbor Chas and his mates are members of the hate group Britains For The British.
While not exactly horror, The Bad Neighbor is more of a Crime Thriller, it did have many horrific elements. It made me angry and caused me to embrace the protagonist's effort to do something, even if it that something might be considered wrong by some.
This is my first read of David Tallerman, and I must admit I really enjoyed the experience. It was so easy to become immersed in the brutal world in which Ollie finds himself residing.
Available in various formats from Flame Tree Press.
From the author's bio - David Tallerman is the author of the YA fantasy series. His comics work includes the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science (with Bob Molesworth) and the ongoing miniseries C21st Gods (with Anthony Summey).
David's short fiction has appeared in around eighty markets, including Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A number of his best dark fantasy and horror stories were gathered together in his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories.