Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Veil (Testaments I & II) by Joseph D'Lacey (4 stars)

From the Description
Some call it The Long Silence, others The Hush. Whatever it is, the world has gone quiet. No electricity, no engines, most of the people gone. There are survivors, small groups enduring as best they can in a seemingly abandoned world.

At night, the landscape glows with unnatural light. The stillness is broken by the desolate cries of the lost population, returning now to search one knows what. What is certain, though, is that those they drag into the shadows do not return.

The Veil contains the final testaments of two disparate groups; a band of survivalists barricaded into a single block of an American city, and a young family hiding in a remote part of the English countryside.

But there are enemies among the survivors too, using the cataclysm to serve their own desires. If the end of the world can't cleanse the human heart, what reason can there be to continue?
Publication Date: November 26, 2016
Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing
Publication Length: 144 pages
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

The Veil (Testaments I & II) is a set of post-apocalyptic novellas told from the perspective of two different groups of survivors. The apocalypse has come in a new and insidious way in the world of The Veil. In The Kill Crew (Testament I) we get to know Sherri, a Stopper who helps protect her small group of survivors from the Commuters, the zombie like remnants of society. As Sherri learns the truth about the Commuters and struggles to protect Trixie, a young girl she befriended, this story takes on the bleak tone of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In The Failing Flesh (Testament II) we learn more about the creatures that are wiping out humanity. Rob takes his wife and son to a secluded place but quickly learns that nowhere is safe. Both of these novellas are grim and filled with terror but The Kill crew ends with a glimmer of hope that makes me want to read more about this desolate new world. A gripping 4 star read.
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About the Author

Joseph D’Lacey writes Horror, SF & Fantasy, often with environmental themes, and is best known for his unsettling novel, Meat.
Other books to-date include Garbage Man, Snake Eyes, The Kill Crew, The Failing Flesh, Blood Fugue, Black Feathers, The Book of the Crowman and Splinters – a collection of short stories. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009.
He also writes children’s stories with his daughter.
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"Joseph D'Lacey Rocks" - Stephen King
"Joseph D’Lacey is one of our best new horror writers, delivering surprises, intensity, and scares aplenty with each new book. And with every book, he’s upping his game." - Tim Lebbon, author of The Heretic Land and London Eye
"Dreadfully visionary. Appallingly inspired. One could wear out a thesaurus trying to articulate the singular fusion of qualities that has come to define Joseph D’Lacey’s work. Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) horrifying, mesmerizing, shocking, unsettling, and beautiful, and always deeply intelligent, it’s utterly unlike anything else I’m aware of. It’s also utterly wonderful." - Matt Cardin, author of To Rouse Leviathan and Dark Awakenings