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Offline James Everington
02 Jul 2011, 03:47 PM | Post: #1

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The Other Room - Reviews

This post was last modified: 11 Dec 2011 06:34 PM by James Everington.
My collection of short horror stories The Other Room received this rather lovely 4/5 review at Red Adept recently:

The Other Room - Red Adept Review

"The horror angle in the stories is almost always a metaphor for other things – loneliness, fear, isolation, regret. The word “haunting” really does double duty here... Beautifully written, evocative, masterful...what shines through these stories is the author’s love of language."

Can't not be pleased with that!
James
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Offline James Everington
24 Jul 2011, 06:53 PM | Post: #2

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RE: The Other Room - Red Adept Review

Latest five-star review:

"I am so glad I stumbled across this collection of short stories. It's original, well written, and one of the best collections I have ever read. Every story in this collection is good. There are some stand out ones because they are absolutely amazing, for example 'First Time Buyers'. I think my favourite of the whole collection has to be 'Red Route', the ending is just one of those that makes you go, "wow!"
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In all his stories he takes you deep into the mind of the characters, so that you almost feel as though you are reliving their story. There are many memorable quotes... always a sign of a great writer in my opinion.

A couple of examples:

'Just the sense of the big machinery of the economy faltering and grinding somewhere... She thought of cog-wheels turning high above her, their aloof motion turning other wheels, and those wheels still others...'

'...as if the box of their room was just one box inside another, larger one...'

This is modern literature at its finest. Do not miss this collection."
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Offline James Everington
11 Aug 2011, 08:00 PM | Post: #3

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RE: The Other Room - Red Adept Review

Very stoked by this review on the excellently named 'Death By Killing' site!

"The Other Room is simply riveting [...] It's the unsettling, bizarre, surrealist side of horror that I like. And that's what Everington delivers here [...] This is Everington at his best -- putting his character on an elevator going straight to purgatory as he dismantles reality piece by piece. [...] A brilliant collection that anyone with an interest in this particular genre should pick up."

See full review here.

James
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Offline James Everington
05 Sep 2011, 09:00 AM | Post: #4

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RE: The Other Room - Red Adept Review

Another great review from someone, somewhere:

"James Everington's The Other Room is an interesting collection of "weird horror fiction." At first glance, the characters each appear to be struggling to overcome a phenomenon, but Everington writes in a way that connects the supernatural to the psychology of the characters. His writing flows smoothly between what the characters are seeing and their internal thoughts, tying the two together seamlessly. These characters are often outsiders, loners who see horrible things others can't. The effect creates a surreal atmosphere... I would recommend this particularly to readers of strange, fantastical fiction. If you enjoy stories by Shirley Jackson or Stephen King, check out this book, or should I say, check into The Other Room."

Makes it all seem worth while - I love the way the review is titled "Step into The Other Room" too - why didn't I think of that?
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