A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
I actually jumped out of my seat, pointing my laptop screen at my girlfriend and scaring her half to death. “Did you see this!” Suddenly she was standing too, taking the computer from me. “Oh my God! Finally.”
Then embarrassment set in as we both realized to what depths of dorkiness two people must descend in order to muster that kind of excitement over the re-release of an obscure ’90s horror novel.
But I swear it’s justifiable. Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October is a truly great and cultishly loved light horror novel, and it’s been both physically and digitally out of print for—like—ever. Hence our spontaneous jumping nerd joy at seeing it on a list of new releases.
The book’s 31 chapters each chronicle the events of one day in October, and each is narrated by Jack the Ripper’s dog. In fact, as the story unfolds, following a number of familiar horror characters as they attempt to either aid or disrupt some kind of Lovecraftian cross-dimensional apocalypse, we are forced to piece together the story from information gathered only by their pets.
It’s absolutely perfect Halloween reading. It will definitely appeal to those with a love of the horror classics, but will just as easily pull in other readers with its suspenseful narrative and brilliant sense of dark humor. I can’t recommend it enough.
Review by Matthew