Posted by Dianna Taylor on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Under: Books
Since my last post about Brian Keene's Ghoul, I have read three more of his books. These include: Darkness at the Edge of Town, Dark Hollow and Urban Gothic. Every single on of his stories resonates with me in some sort of fashion. I compare his horror stories to a lot of the innocent and scary movies that I saw as a child and even current movies that seem to stay with me. Each book has a mixture of 3 movies that I think about as I read. What is mostly facinating about his works though is a mythos that I suppose is his. It reminds me of the Lovecraftian mythos with its mystery and intrigue. It has been called the Labyrinth mythos, and below is the most fleshed out explanation of it I could find and it is from the author himself. (G= Graemes and B=Brian)
G: Anyone who has been following your work will have seen the gradual revealing of your ‘Labyrinth’ mythos and ‘Dark Hollow’ is no exception. How would you describe it to someone who hasn’t read your books? Any new teasers for those of us who have?
B: The Labyrinth is the overall mythos connecting all of my books and stories. Many readers probably didn't even realize that they are connected, and that's good. This was done on purpose. New readers should not have to read Ghoul to understand Dead Sea, or The Rising to understand The Conqueror Worms. The inherent danger in a mythos is that you risk turning off new readers who would otherwise try your work. Therefore, knowledge of one of my books is not required to enjoy another. And yet, the connections are there—I just keep them subtle.
In a nutshell, the Labyrinth is an other-dimensional space used by many of the supernatural beings in my books. The Labyrinth is a way of travelling through time and space, between worlds, and between those world's alternate realities. Humans view it as a maze, because that is the only way they can comprehend it, but it is really much more than that. Think of it as a series of back alley short cuts through the universe.
Urban Gothic is by far the most gorey, most intese and probably one of the most scary novels I have ever read. Keene never lets you or the charachters rest. There are images he describes in which I would never imagined or thought was possible. Keene wants to leave you fucked up in the head like his charachters, and I must say he does a good job. The novel is like the movie Nothing But Trouble with Demi Moore and Chevy Chase mixed with Texas Chainsaw Masacre mixed with The Hills Have Eyes mixed with The Decent mixed with some elements of Goonies. I could see Hollywood turning this one into a movie but the whole thing would be ruined by CGI. They would need epic sets, killer prosthetics and awesome midget actors for it to be a success.
There are two movies from his novels that are in the works, Ghoul and Dark Hollow. I hope they turn out as well on the screen as they do in my head.
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